Linux - Managing your ZIP files

December 2016



ZIP files are specifically used under Microsoft Windows. Under Linux, the compression format is theGZip (.Gz) format or Tarball(.Tar.gz).

You can compress and decompress ZIP files with zip / unzip, available on most distributions.
  • To compress a set of files, use the following command:
    • zip-r filename.zip file_directory  
  • The -r indicates that the contents of the directory must be compressed as well as sub-directories.
  • To unzip a file, use the following command:
    • filename.zip unzip-d destination



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