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How to Unzip a Zip File from the Terminal in Ubuntu

Topic: Ubuntu / LinuxPrev|Next

Answer: Use the unzip Command

First install unzip utility if it isn't already installed on your system using the following command.

sudo apt-get install unzip

To extract zip file at the same location you can simply use the following command:

unzip filename.zip

If you want to extract zip file to a particular destination folder, you can use the command:

unzip filename.zip -d /path/to/destination_folder

For example, if your current working directory is /var/www and you want to extract /var/www/sample.zip file inside /var/www/dev, you can run:

unzip sample.zip -d dev

Or, if you want to use absolute path you can run the following command.

unzip /var/www/sample.zip -d /var/www/dev

Both commands will have the same effect, because current working directory doesn't matter when you use absolute path. Any path that starts with a forward slash / is an absolute path.


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