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I have many zip files,,, ... and I want to extract each of them into new folders a, b, c, ... respectively, via ubuntu terminal. Actually, what I want is a solution that I can use later with a find because I actually have many folders 2014, 2013, 2012, ... each of them containing many zip files,, etc. If I do find . -name "*.zip" -exec {} unzip \; it will unzip all the files and put them into their respective parent folder.

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You should be able to use unzip's -d option to set an alternate directory for the archive contents.

unzip -d a
unzip -d b

and so on. Within a find expression, you should be able to derive the name for the directory from the name of the zipfile using shell parameter expansion e.g.

find -name '*.zip' -exec sh -c 'unzip -d "${1%.*}" "$1"' _ {} \;

Test it first by adding an echo i.e.

find -name '*.zip' -exec sh -c 'echo unzip -d "${1%.*}" "$1"' _ {} \;

or something like

while read -rd $'\0' f; do 
  unzip -d "${f%.*}" "$f"
done < <(find -name '*.zip' -print0)
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Works perfectly. Could you explain what is the command doing? Specifically the -exec part. – Michael Aug 31 '14 at 13:41

Simply Use

unzip '*.zip' -d /home/user/folder/
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