How can I view the list of files in a ZIP archive without decompressing it?
less utility is capable of peeking into a
zip archive. In fact, if you look at the outputs of
unzip -l zipfile and
less zipfile, you will find them to be identical.
unzip -l files.zip | less
man unzip for more options
To list zip contents:
zipinfo -1 myzipfile.zip
For detailed output:
for the same. This is a simple and easy to remember one.
You can make the zip appear as a directory (in which you use
ls, etc.) by mounting it with the fuse-zip virtual filesystem.
mkdir foo.d fuse-zip foo.zip foo.d ls foo.d cat foo.d/README ... fusermount -u foo.d rmdir foo.d
Another relevant FUSE filesystem is AVFS. It creates a view of your entire directory hierarchy where all archives have an associated directory (same name with
# tacked on at the end) that appears to hold the archive content.
mountavfs ls ~/.avfs/$PWD/foo.zip\# cat ~/.avfs/$PWD/foo.zip\#/README ... umountavfs
Many modern file managers (e.g. Nautilus, Dolphin) show archive contents transparently.
AVFS is read-only. Fuse-zip is read-write, but beware that changes are only written to the zip file at unmount time, so don't start reading the archive expecting it to be modified until
fusermount -u returns.
At least in Ubuntu, the possibly easiest command is:
This will open up the file listing in your standard text editor (nano, vim etc).
If you're more graphically oriented, Midnight Commander can also browse zip files as if they were regular directories.
unzip -l file.zip | grep "search" or if you have a lot of files
for i in `ls *zip`; do unzip -l $i | grep "search"; done
Update: Changed from '-p' to '-l' in order to search for files.
(yaa) Yet another answer:
Alias this command:
and you can use
vless file.zip to take advantage of
vim) less script.
(also good to substitute less, so you can have colors)
A more comprehensive solution
The previous answer by @kinORnirvana is my favorite to produce a file with the content of a zip archive.
zipinfo [-1] archive.zip > archive_content.txt
However, I recommend vim or emacs (not nano) if you need to browse into an archive file or even to view the content of a file contained inside it.
This approach works with other archive formats too:
vim file.tar vim file.tar.gz vim file.tar.bz2
With vim or emacs you can:
- browse the directory structure of the archive file.
- view the content of any file inside the archive file.