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How to zip the file in linux

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If you’re like most Linux users, you probably use the file manager to manage your files. Maybe you use the default Dolphin file manager or perhaps you’ve installed a different one like KDE File Manager. Regardless of which file manager you choose, one of the main things you’ll want to do is zip or compress files. Here’s how to do it with Dolphin and a few other popular Linux file managers.

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How to zip a file in Linux

Zipping a file in Linux is quite simple. To zip a file, open the file in a console window and enter the following command:

zip -r filename

The -r flag tells zip to recurse into directories, which is useful when zipping a large directory of files. The resulting zip file will contain all of the files in the directory that you ziped, plus any subdirectories that are included in the zip.


If you’re looking to zip a file in Linux, there are a couple of different methods you can use. For example, if you have the zcat command installed, you can use the -c option to create a compressed archive:
zcat myfile.txt -c >