unzip a zip file.

Posted on 2003-03-21
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Last Modified: 2010-03-31
I need a unzip example which unzips a zip file that may/may not contain subdirectories in them. I came acrosss a few examples on the web that throw an exception if there are sub directories.
Would appreciate if there are some scripts for this.
Thanks a lot.
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wide_awake earned 375 total points
ID: 8184282
here's an example from kickjava.com:

import java.io.*;
import java.util.*;
import java.util.zip.*;

public class Unzip {

  public static final void copyInputStream(InputStream in, OutputStream out)
  throws IOException
    byte[] buffer = new byte[1024];
    int len;

    while((len = in.read(buffer)) >= 0)
      out.write(buffer, 0, len);


  public static final void main(String[] args) {
    Enumeration entries;
    ZipFile zipFile;

    if(args.length != 1) {
      System.err.println("Usage: Unzip zipfile");

    try {
      zipFile = new ZipFile(args[0]);

      entries = zipFile.entries();

      while(entries.hasMoreElements()) {
        ZipEntry entry = (ZipEntry)entries.nextElement();

        if(entry.isDirectory()) {
          // Assume directories are stored parents first then children.
          System.err.println("Extracting directory: " + entry.getName());
          // This is not robust, just for demonstration purposes.
          (new File(entry.getName())).mkdir();

        System.err.println("Extracting file: " + entry.getName());
           new BufferedOutputStream(new FileOutputStream(entry.getName())));

    } catch (IOException ioe) {
      System.err.println("Unhandled exception:");

Author Comment

ID: 8196974
Hi: thank u. But this code is also not working for me. I get a FileNotFoundException.


Expert Comment

ID: 8197675
What filename are you supplying as an argument?


Author Comment

ID: 8207765
I gave the whole path - something like
c:/test/data.zip.the error happens when its reading a file in a subfolder in the zip - ex: /path1/file.txt.

But I kind of modified the original code for my purposes. THe problem was the file in the subfolders were getting read before their parent directories, hence the Filenotfound error.So before copying a file,(ex /path1/file.txt) i get its parent(path1) and then use mkdirs whether its in a subfolder or not. If it had read path1 before reading path1/file.txt your code would have worked. i am not sure if there is any other straightforward way. this is kind of quick and dirty but seems to work for now.
I give you the points for your effort.
Thanks a lot.

Expert Comment

ID: 8211546
Right - that code assumes that a directory entry will always exist before a file inside that directory.  I wasn't sure if zip files worked that way or not.

One way to do it would be to process all the ZipEntries for directories before any real files.  To make sure that you get all the root directories before their subdirs, you could order them by directory-name-length.

ie. "/a" would get extracted before "/arc" and "/bar" would get extracted before "/bar/foo".

Then once you've got the directory structure, just stick all the files where they're supposed to go.

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