# How to unzip a file using the cmd?

I want to make a BAT file that will ZIP or UNZIP a file. For zipping a file, I have found this question: Can you zip a file from the command prompt using ONLY Windows' built-in capability to zip files?

The answers given there are great and working for me, but I couldn't find any information about how to unzip the files. Like in the link, I can't assume any third-party tools (except winRAR).

Thanks ahead and sorry for English mistakes

@echo off
setlocal
cd /d %~dp0
Call :UnZipFile "C:\Temp\" "c:\FolderName\batch.zip"
exit /b

:UnZipFile <ExtractTo> <newzipfile>
set vbs="%temp%\_.vbs"
if exist %vbs% del /f /q %vbs%
>%vbs%  echo Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
>>%vbs% echo If NOT fso.FolderExists(%1) Then
>>%vbs% echo fso.CreateFolder(%1)
>>%vbs% echo End If
>>%vbs% echo set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
>>%vbs% echo set FilesInZip=objShell.NameSpace(%2).items
>>%vbs% echo objShell.NameSpace(%1).CopyHere(FilesInZip)
>>%vbs% echo Set fso = Nothing
>>%vbs% echo Set objShell = Nothing
cscript //nologo %vbs%
if exist %vbs% del /f /q %vbs%


N.B. C:\Temp is folder where it stores the Extracted (UnZip) File.

And, c:\FolderName\batch.zip is source path, (where Zip files are stored).

Please, Change the Full File Path ( Drive, Folder & Zip file name), according to your need.

On Windows 10 build 17063 or later you can use tar.exe (similar to the *nix one). This is also available in the nanoserver docker container

C:\> tar -xf archive.zip

• Luckily, it’s bsdtar. Because .zip is not GZip (-z). – Daniel B Aug 20 '19 at 13:27
• It does work well with .gz and .zip – venimus Aug 21 '19 at 10:03
• Yes. Because it ignores the incorrect -z argument and always uses autodetection. – Daniel B Aug 21 '19 at 10:50
• Thanks, I removed it. I thought that with -z is to call the gzip submodule, which in turn does the autodetect. – venimus Aug 23 '19 at 7:26
• It works perfectly for me on Windows 10. FYI: I am using the tar command from GNU CoreUtils for Windows gnuwin32.sourceforge.net/packages/coreutils.htm – Happy Jan 12 at 18:34

If you have Windows 10, you can use the much shorter Powershell equivalent

Expand-Archive -Force C:\path\to\archive.zip C:\where\to\extract\to

• What about older windows version? – Anthony Kong Jul 9 '19 at 3:41
• You just need Powershell v5.0+ – cowlinator Apr 21 '20 at 21:09

If you have Windows 10 (and powershell), but still want to unzip from within .bat/.cmd-file (cmd.exe), you can use

powershell -command "Expand-Archive -Force '%~dp0my_zip_file.zip' '%~dp0'"


where my_zip_file.zip is the file to be unzipped and %~dp0 points to the same folder are where the .bat/.cmd-file is (Change the folder, if needed).

• I have two problems with this. spawning a powershell takes prohibitively long (about 20 seconds in my test), and it can't even extract a zip file with another extension. – Mark Jeronimus Jan 4 at 16:00
ZipFile="C:\Users\spvaidya\Music\folder.zip"
ExtractTo="C:\Users\spvaidya\Music\"

'If the extraction location does not exist create it.

Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

If NOT fso.FolderExists(ExtractTo) Then

fso.CreateFolder(ExtractTo)

End If

'Extract the contants of the zip file.

set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")

set FilesInZip=objShell.NameSpace(ZipFile).items

objShell.NameSpace(ExtractTo).CopyHere(FilesInZip)

Set fso = Nothing
Set objShell = Nothing


The following vbscript can be saved as file.vbs and then run using batch script like:

file.vbs


save this in .bat file and run it.

I use this one-liner to extract all zip files in the current path to their own subdirectory based on their file name:

gci -Recurse -Filter *.zip |ForEach-Object {Expand-Archive -Path $_.Fullname -DestinationPath$_.BaseName -Force}

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