Extracting Zip Archives

People who use Windows will send you collections of files compressed into a zip format. There are similar tools in Linux including tar and others, but Linux also includes tools for creating and extracting ZIP files.

The easy way to extract ZIP files is as follows.

  1. Open your Home icon (The Dolphin file manager).
  2. Navigate to the directory in which you have saved the zip file.
  3. Right click on the file. Partway down the context menu there are three “Extract” Options. If you want to extract into the current directory (the one in which the zip file resides) choose “Extract here.”

The extraction should happen automagically at that point.

The other options available on the context menu allow you to maintain the directory structure of the original files when the ZIP file is extracted or to extract the ZIP archive to a different location.

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