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gzip Compress a directory (folder)

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This code snippet shows how to compress a whole directory or folder using tar command. 

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tar -zcvf archive-file-name.tar.gz your-folder/ 

Use man tar to find out the details of the options of the above commands.

  • -z - compress it using the z (gzip) algorithm
  • -c - (create) an archive from the files in directory
  • -v - (verbosely) list all the files it adds to the archive
  • -f - store the output as archive-file-name.tar.gz

To unzip it, using the command below:

tar -zxvf archive-file-name.tar.gz


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