Unzip is a very powerful and commonly used command-line utility installed by default on most Linux-based operating systems, including Debian systems. Its primary purpose is to extract files from a compressed archive, such as a
For example, if you wanted to extract the contents of a file called
example.zip to the current directory, you would use the following command:
This command will extract all of the files contained within
example.zip to the current directory. If the file has subdirectories, those will be extracted as well.
However, if for example, you wanted to extract the contents of
example.zip but the target destination was an existing folder called
destination_folder, you could use the following command instead:
unzip example.zip -d destination_folder
This command will extract the contents of
destination_folder, creating the folder if necessary.
Another useful feature of
unzip is its ability to view the contents of an archived file before deciding to extract. This can be done with the following command:
unzip -l example.zip
This command will output a neatly organized list of all the files contained within
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