Whether you want to compile different sorts of files or reduce their storage space, it’s a good idea to make use of the Zip application. With its help, you will easily be able to convert one or multiple files into a single file with the .zip format.  When it comes to Linux distributions, it is possible to zip your folders using either the terminal or the graphical user interface. With that being said, if you’re only getting started with Linux, you might still come across issues trying to use Zip.  If that’s the case with you as well, then this article is sure to be of help. Today, we will be discussing everything from installing Zip to using it to compress files using both the terminal and GUI of Linux.  So, let’s cut to the chase and get to zipping!

Step 1: Installing Zip on Linux. Step 2: Using Zip on Linux [Terminal]. Step 3: Using Zip on Linux [GUI]. How to Unzip a Folder in Linux.

Step 1: Installing Zip on Linux.

Whether you’re using Linux, Windows, or macOS, you’d need to have the Zip application installed in order to convert your files and folders into .zip format. Accordingly, the first step to zipping your files would be to install this application. It is normally the case that this application comes pre-installed on most Linux distributions. However, if your computer doesn’t have it for some reason, you need not worry as installing it is pretty easy. Follow these steps to install Zip on Linux: Now that you have Zip installed on your Linux distro, we can now get to zipping your files and folders.

Step 2: Using ZIP on Linux [Terminal].

Even if you’re new to Linux, there’s no reason why you should shy away from using the Linux terminal. After all, it gives you a lot more control over what you’re doing just at the expense of running a few commands.  Here, we will have a look at how you can compress your files and folders in the .zip format using the Linux terminal. Just follow our instructions carefully and you shouldn’t come across any issues—that’s for sure! Zip your files and folders by following these steps: cd .. Or Or As you could probably tell, it’s not that difficult to zip your files using the command-line interface in Ubuntu and other Linux-based operating systems. With that being said, if you don’t want to delve into commands at all, you can opt for the GUI route instead.

Step 3: Using ZIP on Linux [GUI].

It is true that using the Linux terminal to zip files and folders is completely possible. However, we do understand that it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Considering this, if you don’t feel like using the terminal, let’s see how you can use the ZIP software with its graphical user interface.  Before we get started, it’s worth noting that there are multiple desktop environments available on the Linux platform. However, we’re only going to be covering GNOME and KDE graphical interface since most Linux users seem to be using them. If you’re using another desktop environment, you need not worry at all. The good news is that the process shouldn’t be much different for you either. Make sure to read our guidelines carefully and you’ll be all set to zipping your files and folders. For GNOME users, the following steps should be taken:

KDE users should follow these steps: If you’re using another desktop environment, the process of zipping and unzipping your file/folder shouldn’t be much different.

How to Unzip a Folder in Linux.

The Zip application hasn’t been made only for zipping files. You can also unzip the compressed files/folders of your choice both the GUI and terminal way. Follow these steps if you want to go the terminal route: If you want to unzip files/folders graphically, then following these steps should do:

We really hope that you will now be able to successfully zip/unzip your files and folders, regardless of whether you’re going for the GUI or CLI route. These methods should also work for different Linux distributions, so need not worry about trying them out on your system. Lastly, if you want to get a taste of networking on Linux, we recommend giving this article a read. If this guide helped you, please share it. 🙂