How to Create a Password Protected ZIP File in Linux

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19 Responses

  1. Namesh says:

    how to delete the existing password which we gave by zip -e command.

  2. Todd says:

    Hello Aaron,

    I thought it would be helpful to mention zip --help since there are different flags for the different versions & distros, but I believe --help is universal.

    For instance, my system / zip gives me -e for encryption and ~20 other flags, but not -p or -P so I know not to bother with them.

    Thanks for the article & excuse to play with something new. 8)

  3. Bob Example says:

    On Fedora 30, was necessary to:

    # zip -P password -r directory/
  4. Prabhat says:
    $ zip -e ccat-1.1.0/     is incorrect

    it should be

    $ zip -er ccat-1.1.0/

    this wasted my 30 mins

    • Ravi Saive says:


      In our case, the same command worked perfectly on Ubuntu distro, may be some options differ in different Linux distros…

  5. dlchambers says:

    Password option is uppercase P, not lowercase as shown above.

  6. Werner_Holt says:

    It doesn’t work option -e with your written method. Right syntax is:

    # zip -e ccat-1.1.0/*

    Do not forget about "*" at the end of line! Without "*" zip makes an archive including all files and folder above ccat-1.1.0 folder.

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Many thanks for this useful info, we will put this into consideration.

      • Werner_Holt says:

        Something strange, maybe I caught the bug yesterday. Now, it is working! But only when the folder ccat-1.1.0 doesn’t include other folder inside. If it has folders with files and so on, you must use option -r (“recursive”).

        This way:

        $ zip -e -r ccat-1.1.0/

        Do not work under root user! Without "#".

        Sorry for my false warning before!
        Thank you for your article!

  7. Anon says:

    Doesn’t work…

  8. max says:


    I suggest the use of 7zip :)

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