Zip for Windows

Zip: package and compress zip-archive files




Zip is a compression and file packaging/archive utility. Although \highly compatible both with PKWARE's PKZIP and PKUNZIP utilities for MS-DOS and with Info-ZIP's own UnZip, our primary objectives have been portability and other-than-MSDOS functionality. Features not found in the PKWARE version include:

Zip is useful for packaging a set of files for distribution, for archiving files, and for saving disk space by temporarily compressing unused files or directories. Zip puts one or more compressed files into a single ZIP archive, along with information about the files (name, path, date, time of last modification, protection, and check information to verify file integrity). An entire directory structure can be packed into a ZIP archive with a single command.

Zip has one compression method (deflation) and can also store files without compression. Zip automatically chooses the better of the two for each file. Compression ratios of 2:1 to 3:1 are common for text files.




If you download the Setup program of the package, any requirements for running applications, such as dynamic link libraries (DLL's) from the dependencies as listed below under Requirements, are already included. If you download the package as Zip files, then you must download and install the dependencies zip file yourself. Developer files (header files and libraries) from other packages are however not included; so if you wish to develop your own applications, you must separately install the required packages.

DescriptionDownloadSizeLast changeMd5sum
• Complete package, except sources Setup  950474 13 July 2008  5732ede29b1755ccbbbe485c5eaf06c5
• Sources Setup  1090147 13 July 2008  a9a11254b52d728433c0abc65d8da8aa
• Binaries Zip  576934 13 July 2008  5b268fe06ce5f89bc5762805a7a9d7aa
• Developer files Zip  181941 13 July 2008  b52062993913052e694cef7bdcee3696
• Documentation Zip  311214 13 July 2008  1f0096678f3769789a0d51d638000673
• Sources Zip  1366491 13 July 2008  9914e56d5b3f2aaab4ef70b298a511ac
• Dependencies Zip  31750 31 March 2008  8bd9a45e1259238c1f6bb277fe6386c0
• Original source

You can also download the files from the GnuWin32 files page. New releases of the port of this package can be monitored.

Installation, Usage and Help

General Installation Instructions

GnuWin32 Help (feature requests, bugs, etc)


Requirements for running applications, excluding external ones such as msvcrt.dll, perl, etc, are included in the Setup program and the dependencies zip file.

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