How to Unzip a File in Ubuntu

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How to Unzip a File in Ubuntu
You can unzip files in Ubuntu. (zipper image by Radoslav Lazarov from

Compressed files, such as .zip, .rar and tar.gz, are created to store larger files in a smaller format. Ubuntu Linux comes with an application called Archive Manager that uncompresses these types of files and allows you to store them anywhere on your system. You can quickly unzip a file using Archive Manager in Ubuntu Linux.

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  1. 1

    Locate the file you want to unzip. It must be a .zip, .rar, .tar or tar.gz in order to unzip it.

  2. 2

    Right-click on the file and select "Open with Archive Manager." A box pops up showing you the zipped file and the folder(s) contained in it. Click "Extract" at the top of the menu to open a box for choosing the destination for the unzipped files.

  3. 3

    Browse your system, select a folder you want to save the files in and click "Extract." Allow the process to complete and click "Close" on Archive Manager."

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