I have version 6.0-4ubuntu1 installed, but here ftp://ftp.info-zip.org/pub/infozip/src/ i see only version 6.0.

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If you want the current version (that you have installed) first check what package we're really talking about:

$ dpkg -S `which unzip`
unzip: /usr/bin/unzip

Not all binaries belong to a package of the same name. This one does.
When you know the package, you can download the source that went into it, like so:

apt-get source unzip

Of course that requires you to have the source repositories enabled but that's simple enough to fix if you don't.

To compile it you'll need unzip's dependencies. Again, apt-get can help:

sudo apt-get build-dep unzip

And then you can follow the standard instructions for the application you're compiling (usually some form of ./configure and make) but you may wish to package it before installing. checkinstall comes in pretty handy here as a quick package builder. See this for more:

  • thank you. A few more questions. Where is the downloaded source go, and is it safe to just edit and recompile it?
    – michel
    Sep 4, 2013 at 15:20
  • It should get downloaded to the current working path. If you want to recompile it you'll need to sudo apt-get build-dep unzip before you can compile it. Warning: for some packages the build-dep is epic.
    – Oli
    Sep 4, 2013 at 15:24

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