I am trying the zip functionality on the windows host through command prompt.

When I run the command:

zip -r folder.zip folder

It returns the error message:

'zip' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file

I checked with environment variables also in there path also included like %SystemRoot%\system32

How can I resolve this?


2 Answers 2


Windows doesn't have a command line Zip program, only a default windows explorer one. You will need to download a command line archiving program.

Try 7zip or WinRAR.

  • 1
    These programs are already install like 7z, winzip, winrar. I need to do zip through command line. if you know how can i do this then please let me know.
    – Saurabh
    Nov 16, 2012 at 16:24
  • Just google for the documentation. dotnetperls.com/7-zip-examples
    – Bali C
    Nov 16, 2012 at 16:27

Well, to use zip or unzip command from the command line using third party software like 7zip, you have to do below things

  • Copy the 7-zip executable path and append it to the environment's PATH variable value
  • Open Cmd new window and give the command as below

7z a folder.zip folder

  • zip does not work, 7z.exe does "7z.exe a ...archivepath... /dir..../"
    – Sasha Bond
    Jun 24, 2019 at 20:07

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