This article will show you how to easily use the Zip command on Linux to Zip files and directories.
Zip is the most popular archive file format that allows for lossless data compression. It is used to compress the files to reduce file size.
The Zip program puts one or more compressed files into a single zip archive and information about the files. In addition, an entire directory structure can be packed into a Zip archive with a single command.
First, you must install the
zip command because it is not installed by default in most Linux distributions.
Install zip command on Fedora / RedHat / AlmaLinux / Rocky Linux
sudo dnf install zip
Install zip command on Ubuntu / Debian / Linux Mint
sudo apt install zip
How to Zip Files and Directories in Linux
To create a Zip file using the
zip command on Linux, you need to tell
zip the name of the archive file and which files to include in it.
zip <archivename> <filename1> <filename2> ...
For example, to zip files named
file2.txt to a zip file named
my-archive.zip, the command would be:
zip my-archive.zip file1.txt file2.txt
As a result, each file is listed as it’s added. In addition, the name of the file and the amount of compression achieved on that file are also shown.
Furthermore, if you do not want to see the output from the
zip as the file is created, use the
zip -q my-archive.zip file1.txt file2.txt
To include sub-directories and everything contained in them in the Zip file, use the
--recurse-paths) option and have the subdirectories’ names on the command line.
zip -r my-archive.zip directory1/ directory2/ file1.txt file2.txt
How to Create a Password Protected Zip file in Linux
Adding passwords to Zip files using the
zip command in Linux is easy.
For example, you can use the
--encrypt) option, and you’ll be prompted to enter your password and re-enter it for verification. Note that the password will not be displayed in the terminal as you enter it.
zip -e my-archive.zip file1.txt file2.txt
How to Update Existing Zip File in Linux
For example, suppose we have compressed an archive and then modified a file. There is a possibility to add the updated files to the compressed archive with the
So, we will add the updated
file1.txt and the newly created
file3.txt to the archive.
zip -u my-archive.zip file1.txt file3.txt
Now you know how to use the zip command on Linux. For detailed information, you can head to the command’s man page. To extract a Zip archive on a Linux system, you can use the unzip command.
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