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Opening ZIP files

Did your computer fail to open a ZIP file? We explain what ZIP files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your ZIP files.

What is a ZIP file?

A Zip file is a compressed archive file that is used to make large files and collections of files more manageable to the user.

When a .zip file is created, data is compressed to reduce the file size. Multiple files can be combined into a single Zip folder, making it easier to upload, download or email a volume of files. When opening a file with a .zip extension you can extract a single file or the entire directory structure.

The Zip file format makes sharing documents and files much easier. For example, if you had twenty separate documents that you wanted to email, you could compress them all into a single .zip file rather than uploading each one individually. Some Zip files can be encrypted to add to the file security.

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About File Extension ZIP

File.org aims to be the go-to resource for file type- and related software information. We spend countless hours researching various file formats and software that can open, convert, create or otherwise work with those files.

If you have additional information about the ZIP file format or software that uses files with the ZIP suffix, please do get in touch - we would love hearing from you.