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Is there a way (preferrable via GUI, but may be via command line) to extract a zip file and delete the zip after extracted, all in a single command?

(I remember I saw someone doing something like this in the command line one day)

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I am not aware of single command but you can queue second command. unzip; rm – Amey Jah Aug 17 '11 at 13:39
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For a GUI I'd say the easiest way is a nautilus script. The main line of which would be:

unzip "$item" && trash "$item"

It works in bash/dash just as easy. In nautilus the whole thing would look like this:

unzip delete nautilus script

# Nautilus script to unzip and then remove a zip archive.
# Nautilus script usually go in "$HOME/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts"

    if [ -n "$(file -b "$item" | grep -o 'Zip')" ]; then
        unzip "$item" && trash "$item"
        # use trash instead of rm to move them to trash
        # (trash-cli package installed)
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Not what I saw, but it works. Anyway, thanks! – Tom Brito Aug 22 '11 at 12:50

It's pretty easy through a shell command:

unzip <filename>.zip && rm <filename>.zip

Perhaps, if you're using nautilus, you could create a relevant nautilus-action in order to automate the command through a GUI selection.

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yeah, actually these are 2 commands in a single line.. I'm really trying to remember the single command I saw someone use.. – Tom Brito Aug 17 '11 at 13:45
I don't see how it matters whether it's one or two command. You sure he did use an alias or was in fact compressing and used tar --delete-files? – con-f-use Aug 17 '11 at 14:14

You could simply write a bash script. It will look sth like this:

unzip $1 && rm -rf $1

where $1 is argument. Then just alias unzip command in ~/.bashrc file to run this script. And after typing in terminal:


you will get:

unzip && rm -rf

Cheers, Mateusz

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