Do you know how to unzip a file in Ubuntu Linux?

There are many archive types most commonly used of them are .zip, .rar. .7z, .tar.gz. Today we are going to speak about .zip archives.

Patrick Wan


On Windows, there exist GUI archivers like WinZip, 7zip, or WinRAR, which are able to deal with most of the common archive types. Ubuntu Linux has a built-in Archive Manager that can be invoked by double-clicking on the .zip file in a GUI.

But what can you do when you downloaded a zip file on Ubuntu Linux and have just a bare console? This can happen when you have installed Ubuntu Server or working from a Terminal program.

So, first of all, we need to install the unzip package. To do so, type in a terminal:

sudo apt-get install unzip

After all the packets have been installed, type in a terminal:


If you want to extract the zip file to another folder, you will need to use the -d key followed by the directory path. Type:

unzip -d destination_folder

for example:

unzip -d /var/www

will extract the contents of the archive to the folder /var/www. The directory path can be full or relative.

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Patrick Wan

My name’s Patrick. I’m a Software Developer, experience in Laravel, Vue Js, React Js, Livewire, Jquery, Codegniter, NPM, GIT. I have 5 years plus experience.