I want to zip many folders in a directory tree like so


When I try to zip it, it ends creating a zip archive with the v folder instead of the contents of it (the sub directories and files)

How can I avoid this?


So if I understand correctly, you are trying to archive the files & folders in a particular folder but without including the root folder.



where test.txt and test2.txt would be stored in the zip, but not /test/

You could cd into the /test/ directory then run something like,

zip -r filename.zip ./*

Which would create an archive in the same folder named filename.zip. Or if running it from outside the folder you could run,

zip -r test.zip test/*

The /* is the part that includes only the contents of the folder, instead of the entire folder.

Edit: OP wanted multiple zips, solution ended up being a bit of a hack, I am curious as to whether there is a better way of doing this.

for d in */ ; do base=$(basename "$d") ; cd $base ; zip -r $base * ; mv "${base}.zip" .. ; cd .. ; done;
  • yes but i have a lot of file which i do the same thing on so it would tedious do it like that so is there like a bash script or something that would automate the same process on the directory that has all the folders – Dami Sep 7 '14 at 1:42
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    Ok I ran the script and it created a the parent directory in the archive i want only the contents of the folder to be in the archive – Dami Sep 7 '14 at 2:13
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    my mistake, missed a bit of it. added a -j parameter which i just looked up, apparently skips the part you don't want. try this: for d in */ ; do base=$(basename "$d") ; zip -rj "${base}.zip" "$d" ; done; – zzbomb Sep 7 '14 at 2:19
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    zip -r test.zip test/* from the outside adds test as directory into the zip file – smihael May 3 '17 at 20:41
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    as @smihael stated, zip -r test.zip test/* does not work. is there any correct way to achieve this from outside the directory? – andrhamm Aug 7 '17 at 18:56

Use the -j or --junk-paths option in your zip command.

From the zip man page:



Store just the name of a saved file (junk the path), and do not store directory 
names. By default, zip will store the full path (relative to the current 
  • This appears to be the correct answer. – mutant_city Feb 24 at 17:48
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    What about nested paths/folders though? – GuyPaddock Mar 13 at 0:25

How about this command?

$ cd somedir ; zip -r ../zipped.zip . * ; cd ..
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    While this is a correct answer, the introduction doesn't sound like you're convinced yourself. It would also help to explain a little bit, what the command does. – Nephente Mar 11 '16 at 8:14
  • This was my solution too, but I dislike it because it involves cd. Was hoping there was a way to specify the stored path more precisely. – nilskp Oct 14 '16 at 16:07

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