I've a corrupt zip file. I've tried to repair it with

zip -F file.zip


zip -FF file.zip

but was not successful. Is there another terminal tool under Linux for repairing?

  • Maybe the file is FUBR?
    – LiraNuna
    Aug 30, 2009 at 1:30

6 Answers 6


try this

zip -FF Corrupted.zip --out New.zip

This will scan the corrupted zip archive and make a new one eliminating the errors.

As a result you will get a new zip file. Then simply run this command.

unzip New.zip

Hope this helps.

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    Thanks for this answer. Doing it this way didn't really give me a working zip-file, running the command again over the new zip file did do the trick. It was a desperate move, didn't expect it to work.
    – Rein
    Nov 6, 2016 at 12:28
  • 2
    Worked great on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS~ Context: my zip was created on Windows 10, uploaded to OneDrive, and downloaded in Ubuntu. Zip worked on Windows but not on Ubuntu but the answer fixed the issue.
    – dance2die
    Aug 1, 2020 at 18:56
  • Saved the day, Ubuntu 20.04. Thanks!
    – xd1936
    Oct 12, 2020 at 20:16
  • @Desi: AWESOME (MacOS 11.6.1) many thanks!
    – ecjb
    Aug 22, 2022 at 14:59

Just referenced this question in my answer to a similar one - Linux Mint 12 - how to open a .zip file in terminal

It is worth adding here what the zip manual currently says about the difference between -F and -FF:

The single -F is more reliable if the archive is not too much damaged, so try this option first.

So the first attempt would be:

zip -F broken.zip --out fixed.zip
unzip fixed.zip

And if that doesn't work:

zip -FF broken.zip --out fixed.zip
unzip fixed.zip

I recently encountered a .zip file that neither zip -F file.zip nor zip -FF file.zip could fix. However,

7z x file.zip

was able to extract all the files. Hence, trying out p7zip could be a good idea. If needed, you can then pack the extracted files into a new archive.

  • This worked for me when unzipping an archive created on Windows, where zip was unable to recognize the beginning of the file and gave up, while 7z reported Header errors and then proceeded to extract the 11 GB+ zip successfully. Apr 23, 2022 at 0:59
  • Worked great on partial zip archive.
    – mOlind
    Jun 24, 2022 at 8:18
  • And p7Zip appears to be a fork of 7-zip 7-zip.org Aug 23, 2022 at 18:16

DiskInternals ZIP Repair works perfectly under Wine it's saved me in the past.

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    You can also just extract the actual executable from the installer using 7-Zip. Works like a charm.
    – Goyuix
    Sep 25, 2010 at 15:46

I'm not aware of a program that will do a better job repairing the archive though.

You might try

unzip -vt file.zip

just to see if maybe you can extract some of the files safely, or figure out which files in the archive are corrupt.

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    thanks for the hint, but i get the same result as with "zip -F" :(
    – Sirakov
    Aug 13, 2009 at 21:33

Due to permission errors, a ZIP process of mine crashed consistently before moving the temporary ZIP file into the final ZIP file.

The result was a folder full of temporary files named zi<random>, e.g. zi0Be571a.

zip -F did not work, nor did zip -FF, 7z x, ziprecover. The error was that the file did not contain a central directory.

On Windows, WinRAR gave an error but did display the (partial) file contents.

DiskInternals ZipRecover was able to scan the temporary file and reconstruct the central directory, yielding a perfectly recovered Zip file.

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