How can I get files named with Arabic characters added to and extracted from a .zip file.

For example, under Windows XP, I get an error message that says "The compression cannot be performed becasue the file or directory...contains characters in its name that Compressed (zipped) Folders cannot store...

  • Which program are you using? I never had problems with 7zip on XP (but I only used Arabic filenames once or twice). – AndrejaKo Sep 27 '10 at 20:30

I had the same issue when zip/unzip uzing Windows Zip but the issue gone when using 7-zip

  • I'll accept this to give you the points. I doubt the question is still relevant 6 years and several versions of Windows later. – Brad Rhoads Dec 31 '16 at 18:41
  • I had the same issue two weeks ago on Windows 7 with latest updates. – Mohamed Samy Jan 2 '17 at 9:39

Assuming you're on Windows, navigate to Control Panel > Region and Language > Administrative tab, click on "Change system locale" and change the "Current language for non-Unicode programs" as Arabic. That should do the trick.

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  • That seems to work to get the file added to the archive. But once it's extracted, the file name isn't retained - it's garbage. – Brad Rhoads Oct 19 '10 at 19:02

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