How To Zip A File In Linux

If you are new to the Linux environment, one of the initial challenges might be to deal with file compressions and extractions. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of zipping a file in Linux using the terminal.

Understanding Zip

A ‘zip’ is a compressed archive file that is easy to create and read, and it helps in saving a lot of storage space. Not only that, but it also makes the process of sending files through the internet more efficient.

Zipping Files in Linux

Zipping files in Linux is pretty straightforward. You can easily do it using the zip command followed by the name of the zip file and the file you want to zip. Here’s an example:

zip file_to_zip

In the above command, replace ‘’ with what you want to name your zip file, and ‘file_to_zip’ with the name of the file you want to zip.

Zipping Directories in Linux

Similarly, if you want to compress an entire directory, you can use the -r (recursive) option with the zip command. This command compresses the directory and all of its contents. Here’s how you can do it:

zip -r folder_to_compress

In the above command, ‘’ is the name you want to give your zipped file, and ‘folder_to_compress’ is the directory you want to compress.


Zipping files and directories in Linux doesn’t have to be challenging. With a basic understanding of the zip command, you can compress and archive your files with ease, making your work more efficient and organized.

We hope this guide has been helpful. If you have any questions or if there’s another Linux topic you’d like us to cover, feel free to drop us a comment!