Zip is one of the most popular cross-platform compression methods. Using zip, you can compress multiple files to reduce the file sizes. Also, a zip file takes less time to copy. Zip is available for Windows, Ubuntu, and Linux platforms. In this article, I am going to share how to zip a folder in Linux-based Ubuntu. So, let’s get started.
How to Zip a Folder in Linux or any Unix Platform
By default, zip isn’t installed on Ubuntu or most of the Linux based platforms. To install zip on Ubuntu run the following command.
$ sudo apt install zip unzip
Zip a Folder or Directory using Command Line
Let’s look at the basic syntax of zip command with an example.
To zip particular files in a directory, run the following command.
$ sudo zip - r archive.zip file_1.txt file_2.txt file_3.txt
If you want to zip a folder or directory use the following command.
$ sudo zip -r archive.zip folder_name/
Create an encrypted zip with a password by following command.
$ sudo zip -r -e archive.zip sandbox/
When you run the command, it will ask to set password for encrypted zip.
Important options to extend the zip functionalities
|-r||recurse into directories|
|-u||Update only changed files|
|-1||To compress fast|
|-9||To compress better|
|-v||Print details info|
For complete options list follow this article.
Zip a Folder from Desktop(Graphically)
Go to the file file explorer, right click on the folder and select archive from the dropdown list.
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