I'm getting an error when I try and zip a large file on Linux because it is too large for zip to deal with. Anyone know what commands I can use to get around this?

This is the error I'm getting:

zip error: Entry too big to split, read, or write (file exceeds Zip's 4GB uncompressed size limit)

It is a simple text file, log file in fact.

  • 3
    use tar+gzip instead.
    – moonshadow
    Aug 5, 2011 at 16:18
  • 1
    Just split the file into 1GiB chunks and zip those. Or use a modern compression algorithm, you don't need an archive format in your case.
    – BatchyX
    Aug 5, 2011 at 16:20

3 Answers 3


use the linux split command to chop your log file into smaller files.

and consider setting up log rotate so this doesn't happen again.

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    Just adding this to support others users if they search for this. I used this command to split the file into 1Gb slices: split -b 1024m access_log2 access_log_ Aug 5, 2011 at 17:30

The basic Zip format has a limit of 4 GB per file. You need to upgrade your zip tool to one that supports Zip64:

$ zip -v
Copyright (c) 1990-2008 Info-ZIP - Type 'zip "-L"' for software license.
This is Zip 3.0 (July 5th 2008), by Info-ZIP.

Zip special compilation options:
        ZIP64_SUPPORT        (use Zip64 to store large files in archives)

Alternatively, use a different archive format such as 7z or tar.


You should combine all parts together.

Multi-part archives are not yet supported (unzip v.6.0), except in conjunction with zip. All parts must be concatenated together. zip 3.0 and later can combine multi-part (split) archives into a combined single-file archive using

zip  -s- inarchive.zip -O outarchive.zip
  • Is that zip -s- correct? Jul 26, 2020 at 4:15

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