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.
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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.zip tecmint_files
To unzip the tecmint_files.zip archive file you have just created above, you can run the unzip command as follows.
$ unzip tecmint_files.zip
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 tecmint_files.zip -d /tmp/unziped $ ls -l /tmp/unziped/
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.
- How to Archive/Compress Files & Directories in Linux
- How to Open, Extract and Create RAR Files in Linux
- Peazip – A Portable File Manager and Archive Tool for Linux
- Dtrx – An Intelligent Archive Extraction (tar, zip, cpio, rpm, deb, rar) Tool for Linux
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