How to Extract Zip Files in Ubuntu

By Kim Linton

Ubuntu, along with its native window manager, Gnome, makes extracting Zip files easy. Zip (or .zip) files contain data that is compressed into an archive to reduce the overall size of the files. Archive Manager (File Roller) is Ubuntu's default application for creating, extracting and modifying multiple archive formats.

Things You'll Need

  • Zip archive

Step 1

Open Ubuntu's main menu. Move your cursor over "Accessories," then click on "Archive Manager." As an alternative, right-click on a .zip archive, choose "Open with Archive Manager," then skip to Step 3.

Step 2

Click on "Archive" in the File Roller toolbar, then click "Open." Browse to the .zip file you want to extract, then click the "Open" button at the bottom of the window.

Step 3

Click on "Extract" in the toolbar of the window that opens. Browse to the location where you want to save the extracted files, then click the "Extract" button at the bottom of the window.

Step 4

Click the "Close" or "Open the destination" button in the Extracting Files from Archive confirmation window. Selecting the "Open the destination" button will open the newly extracted file folder.

Step 5

Right-click on a .zip archive and select "Extract Here" to extract the files into the directory you are working in (current working directory). Double-clicking on a .zip archive will also open it with Archive Manager, or you can drag archive files into the File Roller window.

Tips & Warnings

  • To verify that a .zip file is not corrupt, open the Ubuntu main menu, move your cursor over "Accessories," then click on "Terminal." Type "file yourfilename.zip" at the prompt, omitting the quotes and changing the name of the file to match your .zip archive. The output will show the contents of the .zip archive.