I'm pretty new at using the terminal and was wondering how to place a folder full of .zip files into sub folders named the same as the .zip file it was extracted from.

So far I figured that unzip '*.zip' -d will extract all the .zip files into a single directory, but I'm not sure how to point/create destination folders for the -d for each .zip file.

Alternatively, the Nautilus Action Config Tool seems like if might be able to mimic the 7zip Extract To command, but this seems a bit more daunting.


Using the Nautilus Action Config Tool option and calling my script zippy.sh:

# Unzipping and organizing files from nautilus
m=0 # counter
while [ -n "$1" ] && [ -f "$1" ]
    if [[ "$1" =~ \.zip$ ]]
        unzip "$1" -d "$dir"
        m=$(($m + 1))
zenity --info --text="Operations finished and "$m" zip files unzipped"
exit 0
  1. Place script here:

  2. Make it executable with chmod +x ~/.local/share/nautilus/scripts/zippy.sh


  1. -n and -f check file number is not zero and is file respectively

  2. =~ \.zip$ make sure it's a zip file

  3. ${dir%.*} cut off the zip part of filename

  4. m=$(($m + 1)) count how many zip files are worked on.

  5. shift flip through files

  6. zenity display a message box to indicate operations conclusion

  • Great! I will definitely try that out. And I had to edit my previous code as I just got luck with the files extracting to the correct folders on my test run.
    – D. Joe
    Jan 25 '17 at 21:07
  • 2
    No problemo, first time on, didn't notice the check mark.
    – D. Joe
    Jan 25 '17 at 21:45

I edited a script that I found for file name to folder name to extract into the created folder.

Revised: In your directory create a file with:

find . -type f ! -name "*exto*" | while read file;
    f=$(basename "$file")
    mkdir "$f1"
    unzip "$f" -d "$f1" 

In terminal:

chmod +x exto

You could also just download the 7Zip version for linux. https://sourceforge.net/projects/p7zip/files/ It is called p7zip

https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/6e6f6d1b-95c3-46df-8a26-b7efd8ee4b57/entry/how_to_use_7zip_on_linux_command_line144?lang=en This also provides a very detailed guide of installation and use


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