There is a zip/unzip option in the context menu so is it accessible from the command line?


Yes and no.

The yes:

rundll32.exe zipfldr.dll,RouteTheCall filename.zip

would open the file in the explorer as a "compressed folder" similar to clicking open a zip folder

The no:

There is no other entry point in zipfldr.dll that allows decompressing files directly from command line. I would suggest using the 7zip command utilities or unzip.exe as these are free (as in freedom as well as in beer)


If you already have Java JDK on your PC, and the bin directory is in your path (in most cases), you can use the command line:

C:\Program Files\Java\jdk1.7.0_45\bin>jar xf test.zip

Complete set of options for the jar tool available here.


Extract jar file

jar x[v]f jarfile [inputfiles] [-Joption]
jar x[v] [inputfiles] [-Joption]

If you don't have JDK installed I would recommend installing 7-Zip, since it's very lightweight: http://www.7-zip.org/

Examples: http://www.dotnetperls.com/7-zip-examples

Source: https://stackoverflow.com/a/1021592/475876

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    Good suggestion! It's 3rd party package that probably exist on server and allows to avoid installing additional software that may cause additional security risks. – gavenkoa May 31 '17 at 7:25

As Jason Duffett's reply


you can try "expand MyFile.zip myFile" in cmd line

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    As the comments on the Stack Overflow answer point out, this works only for .CAB files, not zip files. – Scott Feb 9 '17 at 7:02
  • Please read the question again carefully. Your answer does not answer the original question. – DavidPostill Feb 9 '17 at 10:38
  • sorry for my careless, my reply is for .CAB not for zip files. Thanks for correct. – Ethan Kuo Feb 14 '17 at 6:38

No it doesn't by default, but check here to do it anyway: http://stahlworks.com/dev/index.php?tool=zipunzip

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