I have not seen a zip extractor for Ubuntu on the version I installed.

I like to root phones a lot of the time I have to zip and unzip files does Ubuntu come with a zip exacter for free?

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    It's Ubuntu. Please if you're going to ask questions, at least spend the time to type its name correctly. Also, which version did you install? Answers will vary depending on that. – Oli Jun 24 '16 at 9:48
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    okay sure i will try no promises on spelling! Ubuntu 10 is what i installed. i tried 3 different ones till i found one that would run right on this laptop im still figuring things out on using this system i haven't used Ubuntu since i was a teenager but im wanting to learn more and more. – Woodrow Boardman Jun 24 '16 at 9:59
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    Ubuntu 10 ? Do you mean 10.04 / 10.10 ? If so, that's very old - you should consider using a newer version, such as 16.04. Old versions of Ubuntu don't get security fixes or updates anymore. – JonasCz - Reinstate Monica Jun 24 '16 at 11:19
  • zip / unzip isn't installed by default on 16.04, either. – michael Nov 6 '17 at 22:14

The standard Ubuntu (Unity desktop) comes with an application called file-roller or Archive Manager.

You can open zip files simply by double-clicking on them in your Files explorer.


There is a default .zip extractor for ubuntu. Its name is "archive manager." To zip the files (the appropriate word is to compress) just right click on the file/folder and select compress. To unzip the zipped (compressed) file right click on it and select Extract here.


Depending on the Ubuntu flavor you use, it does come with a program/GUI to extract compressed files.

However if you need support for zip and other popular containers, install p7zip so your uncompress program work:

sudo apt-get install p7zip-full
  • thank you when i go to the app place to download it it ask me to open it with an aplication what do i use? – Woodrow Boardman Jun 24 '16 at 10:02
  • When you go to the app place? I just gave you the command so you'll be able to extract .zip – xangua Jun 24 '16 at 10:07
  • oh thank you it worked. im get in the hang of it learning. i learn quick if showed or told thank you. – Woodrow Boardman Jun 24 '16 at 10:12
  • You're welcome, if you also need support for rar you should install either "rar" or p7zip-rar packages. – xangua Jun 24 '16 at 10:20

zip / unzip isn't (often) installed by default on Ubuntu... and it's such a common utility, used by so many shell scripts, you're going to need it eventually. (I'm always surprised when it's not there on each new Ubuntu system that I set up.)

There's a lot of little, common utils that are always missing on any new installation -- so, one useful feature of ubuntu is that when you try to run it, at least ubuntu will suggest what you need to install:

$ unzip foo
The program 'unzip' is currently not installed. To run 'unzip' please ask your administrator to install the package 'unzip'

$ zip foo
The program 'zip' is currently not installed. To run 'zip' please ask your administrator to install the package 'zip'

Also, to search for packages if you know the name (you can use a regexp or not; e.g, just search for unzip as a substring, or ends with unzip$ or exactly matches ^unzip$:

$ apt-cache search 'unzip$|zip$'  
gzip - GNU compression utilities
unzip - De-archiver for .zip files
zip - Archiver for .zip files
lunzip - data compressor based on the LZMA algorithm (decompressor)
lzip - lossless data compressor based on the LZMA algorithm
p7zip - 7z file archiver with high compression ratio
plzip - parallel, lossless data compressor based on the LZMA algorithm
rzip - compression program for large files
... (etc)

In short, the tl;dr:

$ sudo apt-get install zip unzip
  • (yes, I know 'unzip$|zip$' is redundant, but it's an example that full regexp is supported & people don't have to pipe thru egrep) – michael Nov 6 '17 at 23:19

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