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I downloaded some .zip files and tried three different programs to open them and these are the results that I got:

Squeeze: command exited with status 2304

Archive Manager: cannot open file as archive

Xarchiver: Archive format is not recognized

So, how am I supposed to open .zip files?

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  • Are you sure the files are not corrupted? or maybe they are not really a zip file? you could check them in a terminal with file – Alter Lagos Aug 10 '13 at 6:51

go to the command line ctrl + alt + t, cd to the directory the file is contained in like so:

cd /path/to/dir

Then use the unzip command to extract the file into the current directory:


You can also unzip a file into a directory of choice by using the '-d' flag:

unzip -d /path/to/dir

I believe unzip comes pre-installed on 12.04 but if not type the following command into the terminal to install:

sudo apt-get install unzip

Hope this helps and let me know if you need any clarification.

  • Even using unzip in the command line wasn't opening the files. I suspect flareget was somehow corrupting or not downloading the files right. As soon as I ditched flareget and installed downthemall I have had no problems with downloading and opening .zip files now. – Jason Smith Aug 10 '13 at 8:35

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