gzip, gunzip, bzip2, bunzip2, compress, uncompress, zip, unzip - com‐
press and expand data
SYNOPSISgzip [-cvD[1-9]] [file ...]
gunzip [-ctTvD] [file ...]
bzip2 [-cvD[1-9]] [file ...]
bunzip2 [-cvD] [file ...]
compress [ -cv ] [ file ... ]
uncompress [ -cv ] [ file ... ]
zip [-avD[1-9]] [-f zipfile] file [...]
unzip [-cistTvD] [-f zipfile] [file ...]
Gzip encodes files with a hybrid Lempel-Ziv 1977 and Huffman compres‐
sion algorithm known as deflate. Most of the time, the resulting file
is smaller, and will never be much bigger. Output files are named by
taking the last path element of each file argument and appending .gz;
if the resulting name ends with .tar.gz, it is converted to .tgz
instead. Gunzip reverses the process. Its output files are named by
taking the last path element of each file argument, converting .tgz to
.tar.gz, and stripping any .gz; the resulting name must be different
from the original name.
Bzip2 and bunzip2 are similar in interface to gzip and gunzip, but use
a modified Burrows-Wheeler block sorting compression algorithm. The
default suffix for output files is .bz2, with .tar.bz2 becoming .tbz.
Bunzip2 recognizes the extension .tbz2 as a synonym for .tbz.
Compress and uncompress are similar in interface to gzip and gunzip,
but use the Lempel-Ziv-Welch compression algorithm. The default suffix
for output files is .Z. Compress is one of the oldest widespread Unix
Zip encodes the named files and places the results into the archive
zipfile, or the standard output if no file is given. Unzip extracts
files from an archive created by zip. If no files are named as argu‐
ments, all of files in the archive are extracted. A directory's name
implies all recursively contained files and subdirectories. Zip is the
de facto standard for compression on Microsoft operating systems.
None of these programs removes the original files. If the process
fails, the faulty output files are removed.
The options are:
-a Automaticialy creates directories as needed, needed for zip files
created by broken implementations which omit directories.
-c Write to standard output rather than creating an output file.
-i Convert all archive file names to lower case.
-s Streaming mode. Looks at the file data adjacent to each com‐
pressed file rather than seeking in the central file directory.
This is the mode used by unzip if no zipfile is specified. If -s
is given, -T is ignored.
-t List matching files in the archive rather than extracting them.
-T Set the output time to that specified in the archive.
-1 .. -9
Sets the compression level. -1 is tuned for speed, -9 for mini‐
mal output size. The best compromise is -6, the default.
-v Produce more descriptive output. With -t, adds the uncompressed
size in bytes and the modification time to the output. Without
-t, prints the names of files on standard error as they are com‐
pressed or decompressed.
-D Produce debugging output.
"A Technique for High Performance Data Compression", Terry A. Welch,
IEEE Computer, vol. 17, no. 6 (June 1984), pp. 8-19.
Unzip can only extract files which are uncompressed or compressed with
the deflate compression scheme. Recent zip files fall into this cate‐
gory. Very recent zip files may have tables of contents that unzip
cannot read. Such files are still readable by invoking unzip with the