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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


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


See man unzip for more information

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