How to Zip a Directory in Linux

Compressing a directory in Linux is an essential task for system administrators, developers, and users alike. The tar, zip and gzip command line utilities are the most widely used methods to compress a directory in Linux. With the tar command, you can create archives of files and directories, while zip and gzip allows you to compress individual files. In addition to these commands, there are many other ways to compress a directory in Linux such as using the third-party tools like 7zip.

This steps will show you how you can Zip a Directory in Linux CentOS or redhat operating system. By following this guide, you’ll be able to quickly create zip files. It help user to save disk space, reduce download times, and make file sharing easier.

Zip is the most widely used archive files format that supports loss-free data compression and it may contain a large number of compressed files.

1. How to install zip in linux CentOS or Redhat

# yum install zip unzip

2) Zip folder backup to

# zip backup/
  adding: backup/ (stored 0%)

Now, if we list the files then we are going to get a new compressed file named as which is the result of the execution of previous command.

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