ZIP (.zip)

  • Import and Export fully support the ZIP format.
  • Import and Export can work with general ZIP archives as well as with specific application formats consisting of multiple related files.


    Registered MIME type: application/zip
    Popular data compression and archival format.
    Used to reduce storage space and transfer times.
    Binary format.
    Can contain multiple files.
    Supports a variety of compression methods.
    Published by Phil Katz in 1989.

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  • When importing from a ZIP archive that constitutes a supported multi-file Import format, the converter for this format will be used.
  • Import[""] gives full path specifications for all files in a general ZIP file.
  • Export["","fn"->expr] exports expr to a file and compresses it as a ZIP archive, inferring the file format from the file extension of "fn".
  • Export["",{"fn1"->expr1,"fn2"->expr2,}] exports multiple expressions to a ZIP file archive.
  • Import[""] returns an expression of the form {"fn1", "fn2",}.
  • Import["","fn"] extracts "fn" from the archive and imports it.
  • Import["",elem] imports the specified element from a ZIP file.
  • Import["",{elem,suba,subb,}] imports a subelement.
  • Import["",{{elem1,elem2,}}] imports multiple elements.
  • Import["file","ZIP"] or Import["file",{"ZIP",elem,}] imports any file as a ZIP archive.
  • Export["",expr,elem] creates a ZIP archive by treating expr as specifying element elem.
  • Export["",{expr1,expr2,},{{elem1,elem2,}}] treats each expri as specifying the corresponding elemi.
  • Export["",expr,opt1->val1,] exports expr with the specified option elements taken to have the specified values.
  • Export["",{elem1->expr1,elem2->expr2,},"Rules"] uses rules to specify the elements to be exported.
  • See the reference pages for full general information on Import and Export.
  • ImportString and ExportString support ZIP compression.


  • General Import elements:
  • "Elements"list of elements and options available in this file
    "Rules"full list of rules for each element and option
    "Options"list of rules for options, properties, and settings
  • The following can be used to select or specify individual files in a ZIP archive:
  • "FileNames"list of filenames representing the contents of a ZIP archive
    "filename"a single file
    "filename","format" a single file, taken to be in the specified format
    "filename","format",elemelement elem from the specified file
  • Import by default uses the "FileNames" element for the ZIP format.
  • Import["","fn"] extracts and imports file "fn".
  • File names can include relative or absolute directory specifications and the abbreviated string patterns supported by StringMatchQ.
  • Import["","*"] imports an entire archive.
  • Import["","dir/*.jpg"] imports all JPEG files from subdirectory dir.
  • Export["",{"file1.gif"->"expr1","file2.txt"->"expr2"},"Rules"] creates a ZIP archive containing a GIF and a Text file.
  • Export["file",{expr1,expr2},{"ZIP",{{"file1","GIF"},{"file2","Text"}}}] is equivalent to the above.

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This creates a ZIP archive containing a GIF and a text file:

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Importing a ZIP archive gives the names of the files in the archive:

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Extract and import "a.gif" from this ZIP file:

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Extract and import "b.txt" from the file:

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Introduced in 2007