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How to Zip and Unzip in Linux: The Zip and Unzip Linux Commands

To create ".zip" files in Linux, you use the zip command. To unzip ".zip" files, you use the unzip command. Here are some common uses of the zip and unzip commands in Linux.To zip a single file:

$ zip myfile.zip myfile.txt
To create a zip archive of several files:
$ zip myfiles.zip file1.txt photo.jpg script.js
To zip up a whole directory named downloads:
$ zip -r downloads.zip downloads
To create a zip archive of files and directories:
$ zip -r myfiles.zip file1.txt photo.jpg script.js downloads
To check if a zipped archive is fine or not:
$ unzip -tq downloads.zip
To unzip a zip archive:
$ unzip downloads.zip
To see the contents of a zip archive:
$ unzip -l downloads.zip
To extract a file from a zip archive:
$ unzip downloads.zip photo23.jpg
To unarchive a zip archive to a specific location:
$ unzip downloads.zip new_downloads
Exercise
  • When is the tar command used?
  • What are the alternatives to zip and unzip commands?
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