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
2 min readMay 7, 2023

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.