How to unzip a zip file from Terminal (Google Cloud Shell)

This tutorial guides you how to unzip a zip file in Google Cloud Shell of Google Cloud Platform using unzip command. 

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Unzip is a utility used to list, test and extract compressed files in ZIP archive. Note, unzip is installed in most of the linux distributions. If not installed then you can install unzip on Ubuntu and Debian using the following command.

$ sudo apt install unzip

To install unzip on CentOS and Fedora, run the following command

$ sudo yum install unzip

You can check the installation by running unzip command.

@cloudshell:~ (sneppets-gcp)$ unzip

UnZip 6.00 of 20 April 2009, by Debian. Original by Info-ZIP.

Usage: unzip [-Z] [-opts[modifiers]] file[.zip] [list] [-x xlist] [-d exdir]
  Default action is to extract files in list, except those in xlist, to exdir;
  file[.zip] may be a wildcard.  -Z => ZipInfo mode ("unzip -Z" for usage).

  -p  extract files to pipe, no messages     -l  list files (short format)
  -f  freshen existing files, create none    -t  test compressed archive data
  -u  update files, create if necessary      -z  display archive comment only
  -v  list verbosely/show version info       -T  timestamp archive to latest
  -x  exclude files that follow (in xlist)   -d  extract files into exdir
  -n  never overwrite existing files         -q  quiet mode (-qq => quieter)
  -o  overwrite files WITHOUT prompting      -a  auto-convert any text files
  -j  junk paths (do not make directories)   -aa treat ALL files as text
  -U  use escapes for all non-ASCII Unicode  -UU ignore any Unicode fields
  -C  match filenames case-insensitively     -L  make (some) names lowercase
  -X  restore UID/GID info                   -V  retain VMS version numbers
  -K  keep setuid/setgid/tacky permissions   -M  pipe through "more" pager
See "unzip -hh" or unzip.txt for more help.  Examples:
  unzip data1 -x joe   => extract all files except joe from zipfile
  unzip -p foo | more  => send contents of via pipe into program more
  unzip -fo foo ReadMe => quietly replace existing ReadMe if archive file newer

unzip a zip file from Terminal (Google Cloud Shell)

The unzip command will extract all the files from specified ZIP archive to the current directory. And to extract a ZIP archive to some specific directory you need to have permissions on that directory.

For example, let’s say you have downloaded some source code from git in your current working directory. To unzip file to the current directory (/home/sneppets) you simply run the following command.

6@cloudshell:~ (sneppets-gcp)$ ls

@cloudshell:~ (sneppets-gcp)$ pwd

@cloudshell:~ (sneppets-gcp)$ unzip
   creating: springbootdemo/
  inflating: springbootdemo/.classpath
  inflating: springbootdemo/.project
   creating: springbootdemo/.settings/
 extracting: springbootdemo/.settings/org.eclipse.core.resources.prefs
  inflating: springbootdemo/.settings/org.eclipse.jdt.core.prefs
  inflating: springbootdemo/.settings/org.eclipse.m2e.core.prefs
   creating: springbootdemo/deployment/
   creating: springbootdemo/deployment/docker/
  inflating: springbootdemo/deployment/docker/docker-compose-build.yml
  inflating: springbootdemo/deployment/docker/docker_push
   creating: springbootdemo/deployment/helm/
   creating: springbootdemo/deployment/helm/spring-hello/
  inflating: springbootdemo/deployment/helm/spring-hello/.helmignore
  inflating: springbootdemo/deployment/helm/spring-hello/Chart.yaml
   creating: springbootdemo/deployment/helm/spring-hello/charts/
   creating: springbootdemo/deployment/helm/spring-hello/templates/
  inflating: springbootdemo/deployment/helm/spring-hello/templates/deployment.yaml
  inflating: springbootdemo/deployment/helm/spring-hello/templates/ingress.yaml
  inflating: springbootdemo/deployment/helm/spring-hello/templates/NOTES.txt
  inflating: springbootdemo/deployment/helm/spring-hello/templates/service.yaml
  inflating: springbootdemo/deployment/helm/spring-hello/templates/serviceaccount.yaml
   creating: springbootdemo/deployment/helm/spring-hello/templates/tests/
  inflating: springbootdemo/deployment/helm/spring-hello/templates/tests/test-connection.yaml
@cloudshell:~ (sneppets-gcp)$ ls springbootdemo

@cloudshell:~/springbootdemo (sneppets-gcp)$ ls
deployment  docker-compose.yml  Dockerfile  pom.xml  spring-hello

To unzip a ZIP file to different directory instead of current directory, you need to use “-d” switch as shown below

$ unzip -d /path/to/different_directory

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