I have a curl cronjob which periodically downloads a bunch of zip files into a target folder. Like this:

curl www.zipdownloadfile.com/file.zip > file.zip

Now I need to have Ubuntu unzip all of the zip files in that target folder.

What's the proper command which will unzip all of the files in a target destination/folder?


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thats your command man this will unzip all zip file in a destination file

find /path-to-folder -name '*.zip' -exec unzip -d destination_folder {} +

Just try it .


The issue here is that unzip *.zip doesn't work for some reason. I guess the unzip doesn't accept wildcard path arguments for files.

Nux's answer is good but I use a slightly different version of the find command. If you cd into the folder you've downloaded all the zip files then you can just run:

find . -type f -name "*.zip" -exec unzip {} \;

This will search the current working directory and all sub-directories recursively with ., then find only files, -type f, then search for anything named *.zip with-nameand it will execute unzipexec unzipand substitute the result of the search which is the full file name and place it with{}after the unzip command as the argument.\;` is just magical syntax to say 'I'm done the command is finished.'.

This still worked for me in Ubuntu 16.04 to unzip all files in the current directory after downloading a huge number.

A similar command can also used to unrar a set of rar files you've downloaded simultaneously as well:

find . -type f -name "*.rar" -exec unrar x -e {} \;

The above magical command will search all files in the current directory and all folders and files recursively in sub-directories to find all files that end in .rar and then unrar them directly to the current working directory.

Let's say you want to unpack a bunch of stuff that you've just recently downloaded:

Fri Nov 17 10:56 AM Downloads: tree .
├── download1
│   ├── show01.r00
│   ├── show01.r01
│   ├── show01.r02
│   └── show01.rar
├── download2
│   ├── movie01.r00
│   ├── movie01.r01
│   ├── movie01.r02
│   ├── movie01.r03
│   └── movie01.rar
└── download3
    ├── program01.r00
    ├── program01.r01
    ├── program01.r02
    ├── program01.r03
    └── program01.rar

3 directories, 14 files

This is only a small example you could have 20 or even 40 different foldedrs each containing their own master .zip file or .rar file that needs to be unrar'd. Doing a CD into each individual download directory to use 'unrar' is both time consuming and wasteful. Just use the find command!

sudo apt-get install unzip
sudo apt-get install unrar
cd ~/Downloads
find . -type f -name "*.rar" -exec unrar x -e {} \;
find . -type f -name "*.zip" -exec unzip {} \;

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