Have you downloaded a .zip file from the Internet and you’re looking a way to unzip it from terminal? In this article you’re going to see how to unzip a zip file from terminal in Linux.
What is a zip file?
Zip, is an archive file format and it may contain one or many files or directories that have been compressed. File compression (to a zip format) can be vital if we want to send multiple files via e-mail. It also is a good way to save bandwidth and space in our hard drive because specific types of files can be compressed to over 90% smaller sizing.
Unzip a zip file from terminal using “unzip”
Install the unzip command on your Linux system by opening a terminal and running the following command:
sudo apt-get install unzip
After you’ve successfully installed the “unzip” command type the command below to unzip it in a specific destination:
unzip yourfilename.zip -d your_destination_folder
Unzip a zip file from terminal using “7z”
Another tool to unzip .zip files is 7z. To install 7z run the following command:
sudo apt-get install p7zip-full
If you want to list the contents of your zip file you should type:
7z l yourfilename.zip
If you want to extract the contents of your zip file type:
7z x yourfilename.zip