How To Unzip Centos

How To Articles

As a frequent user of CentOS, I often find myself needing to unzip files for various purposes. Unzipping files in CentOS is a straightforward process, and in this article, I’ll guide you through the steps with personal tips and commentary, making it easier for you to handle this task.

Why Unzipping Files is Important?

Before we dive into the process, let’s understand why unzipping files is important. Zip files are a commonly used file format for compressing and archiving multiple files and directories into a single file. Unzipping these files allows you to access the files and directories contained within, ensuring easy management and access to the content you need.

Step 1: Installing the Unzip Tool

The first step in unzipping files on CentOS is to ensure that you have the unzip tool installed. By default, CentOS does not include the unzip tool, so we need to install it using the package manager. Open the terminal and run the following command:

sudo yum install unzip

This command will install the unzip tool and any necessary dependencies. You will be prompted to enter your root password, so make sure you have the necessary privileges.

Step 2: Locating the Zip File

Once the unzip tool is installed, navigate to the directory where the zip file is located. You can use the cd command to move between directories. For example, if your zip file is located in the /home/user/documents/ directory, you can navigate to it by running the following command:

cd /home/user/documents/

Make sure you replace /home/user/documents/ with the actual path of your zip file.

Step 3: Unzipping the File

Now that you are in the directory where the zip file is located, you can proceed to unzip it. Run the following command:


Replace with the actual name of your zip file. If your zip file has spaces or special characters in its name, make sure to enclose the file name in quotes like this:

unzip "your"

After running the command, the unzip tool will extract the contents of the zip file to the current directory. You can verify the successful extraction by using the ls command to list the files and directories in the current directory.

Step 4: Enjoy the Unzipped Files

Congratulations! You have successfully unzipped your file in CentOS. Now, you can access and use the extracted files and directories as needed.


Unzipping files in CentOS is a simple process once you have the unzip tool installed. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily extract the contents of zip files and gain access to the files and directories within. I hope this guide has been helpful, and happy unzipping!