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I have several folders, and within each folder, there are zip files. I want to run a command line order to recursively go through every folder and extract in place every archived file that it finds, then move on to the next folder. Is this even possible? Thanks

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What should it do if there are multiple ZIP files in the same folder? Should it extract them into subfolders or extract their contents into the same folder (as the ZIP files), and if so, should it overwrite or ignore dupliates? – Synetech Feb 21 '11 at 2:38
What OS are you using? – Dennis Williamson Feb 21 '11 at 2:39
The best way to do this might be to write a little script to do it. What Operating System are you on? – Leif Feb 21 '11 at 2:41
Actually, no script is necessary, it should be doable with a single FOR command; the specific 7-zip options depend on the requirements. – Synetech Feb 21 '11 at 2:50
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If you are using Linux, you can use

find -iname \*.zip -exec unzip {} \;

(after installing unzip)

In Windows, you can use

FOR /F "usebackq" %a in (`DIR /s /b *.zip`) do 7z.exe e %a

Assuming that you have 7z.exe in your PATH. Run that command in folder where you want to (recursively) unzip all zip files.

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Have you tried the open source Multi Unpacker tool for Windows? It requires you having installed WirRAR but other than that it's actually pretty versatile..

Multi Unpacker

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With 7-zip you can issue the following command:

7z e -an -air!*.zip -r

To extract all files to your current base folder.

so if you have

+ \ folder
    + \

the contents of will end up in . with all archive folders removed

Or use the x option to extract including the subfolders of the archive.

You may be able to play with the -o option to have each zip file extracted in the subfolder it's in, though I often find I need all files to be put into one location instead.

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