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Simple question: how do you unzip or extract .zip archives/files in Ubuntu 12.04 Unity?

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All you need to do is to simply click it with right mouse button and choose "Extract here".

  • It doesn't give me that option – It's Willem Apr 18 '15 at 23:03
  • Could you post a screenshot please? – Apad121 Apr 18 '15 at 23:04
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    It would be much better if you could add screenshots of the steps.. – heemayl Apr 18 '15 at 23:04
  • @It's Willem Maybe it's because you have Ubuntu 12.04. Newest version is 14.04. – Jacajack Apr 18 '15 at 23:04
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    I worked! Only downside is that when I use the command without specifying a directory to place the new folder in using -d it will extract into my home folder instead of into the folder that the .zip file I extrated was already in. Thanks! – It's Willem Apr 18 '15 at 23:22

In Unity, you can right click on the .zip file you want to open. Then select either:

A) "Open with Archive Manager" (the default action, and allows you to extract the files wherever you want them -- drag and drop), or

B) toward the bottom of the menu, select "Extract Here."

If you select Extract Here, the contents will appear in a new folder, but in the same folder where the .zip file is located.

Hope that helps.

  • It would be much better if you could add screenshots of the steps.. – heemayl Apr 18 '15 at 23:06
  • I don't have ether of those options – It's Willem Apr 18 '15 at 23:10

You can just right click and press "Extract Here" to your desired location. Hope this helps!

UPDATE: This could help. Upvote if it helps please.

How to extract zip file to specific folder

OR

How to unzip a zip file from the Terminal?

  • It won't let me do that – It's Willem Apr 18 '15 at 23:03
  • It would be much better if you could add screenshots of the steps.. – heemayl Apr 18 '15 at 23:03
  • I currently don't have Ubuntu installed – Apad121 Apr 18 '15 at 23:07
  • @Apad121 So what? – It's Willem Apr 18 '15 at 23:15
  • So I can't exactly post screen shots easily – Apad121 Apr 18 '15 at 23:17

First open terminal and install the unzip by using:

sudo apt-get install unzip

now navigate to the folder where the file is and open a terminal there by doing this in the terminal:

  • cd /home/user_name/path_to_file/ orcd ~/path_to_file
  • run ls to make sure your in the right folder and if you are your will see the file listed

Then type the following in the terminal

unzip name_of_file.zip

See man unzip for more information

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