How to Create and Extract Zip Files to Specific Directory in Linux

In one of our several articles about the tar command, we showed you how to extract tar files to a specific or different directory in Linux. This short guide explains to you how to extract/unzip .zip archive files to a specific or different directory in Linux.

Zip is a simple, cross-platform file packaging and compression utility for Unix-like systems including Linux and Windows OS; plus many other operating systems. The “zip” format is a common archiving file format used on Windows PC’s and most importantly, it enables you to specify the compression level between 1 and 9 as an option.

Read Also: 5 Best Command Line Archive Tools for Linux

Create Zip Archive File in Linux

To create a .zip (packaged and compressed) file from the command line, you can run a similar command like the one below, The -r flag enables recursive reading of files directory structure.

$ zip -r tecmint_files 
Create Zip File in Linux
Create Zip File in Linux

To unzip the archive file you have just created above, you can run the unzip command as follows.

$ unzip

The above command will extract the files into the current working directory. What if you want to send the unzipped files into a specific or different directory – you can learn this in the next section.

Extract Zip File to Specific or Different Directory

To extract/unzip .zip archive files to specific or different directory from the command line, include the -d unzip command flag as shown below. We will use the same example above to demonstrate this.

This will extract the .zip file content into the /tmp directory:

$ mkdir -p /tmp/unziped
$ unzip -d /tmp/unziped
$ ls -l /tmp/unziped/
Extract Zip Files to Specific Directory
Extract Zip Files to Specific Directory

For more usage information, read zip and unzip command man pages.

$ man zip
$ man unzip 

You may also like to read the following related articles.

  1. How to Archive/Compress Files & Directories in Linux
  2. How to Open, Extract and Create RAR Files in Linux
  3. Peazip – A Portable File Manager and Archive Tool for Linux
  4. Dtrx – An Intelligent Archive Extraction (tar, zip, cpio, rpm, deb, rar) Tool for Linux

In this short article, we have explained how to extract/unzip .zip archive files to a specific or different directory in Linux. You can add your thoughts to this article via the feedback form below.

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  1. I hope this isn’t a stupid question. I have googled and tried to answer it on my own. I want to not only unzip the installer and etcher. I want to install these apps on my manjaro arm-based Linux laptop…..they are unzipped with a program called “Ark” but they don’t seem to be installed.

    So then I am going to unzip them again with the unzip utility, will that install them? how do you install etcher and the installer (the easy one-step bootable sd creator ) so that they show up as an app in the application menu…again I am running a major arm version arch Linux.

    Thanx…….I’m a noob…..


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