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Compressing Files for Uploading

LiveRamp strongly recommends compressing files before uploading them to LiveRamp. Compressing files:

  • Reduces transfer time

  • Saves storage space

  • Makes it simpler to detect when files are not completely transferred (incomplete files will fail to decompress)


  • LiveRamp cannot accept password-protected compressed files. For additional security options see Encrypting Files for Uploading.

  • LiveRamp does not accept multiple files archived together for transfer. That is, any .zip or .tar.gz files should, when decompressed, result in one file.

  • If you change from uploading uncompressed files to uploading compressed files for an existing audience, create a Support case so that we can make sure that the first compressed file gets ingested properly.

Allowed Compression Formats

LiveRamp can accept these file compression formats:

  • gzip (.gz)


    • Gzip is LiveRamp's preferred compression type.

    • EU data files can only use gzip.

  • 7z (.7z)

  • ZIP (.zip)

  • tar (.tar.gz, .tar.lzma)


    .gz or .lzma are required in concert; .tar alone is not accepted.

All of these compression types can be automatically decompressed once automated ingestion is set up.

File Naming for Compressed Files

The original and compressed files should have the same file name, minus different file extensions. For example, a compressed file with the file name "filename.txt.gz" should result in a file with the file name "filename.txt" when decompressed.


Be sure to name your file correctly before compressing it. See Naming Files for Uploading for more information.