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 '09 at 1:30

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 '16 at 12:28
  • 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 '20 at 18:56
  • Saved the day, Ubuntu 20.04. Thanks! – xd1936 Oct 12 '20 at 20:16

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

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 '10 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 '09 at 21:33

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