Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Recursively unzip archive

Once I had to unzip some difficult zip archive that consisted of inner zip archives, directories and files. I have googled for examples, though there were some solutions I didn't find the perfect one for me. So I decided to develop my own unzipper. Here is it, feel free to use it:

package com.test;

import java.io.BufferedInputStream;
import java.io.BufferedOutputStream;
import java.io.File;
import java.io.FileOutputStream;
import java.util.Enumeration;
import java.util.zip.ZipEntry;
import java.util.zip.ZipFile;

public class Unzipper {  
    private final static int BUFFER_SIZE = 2048;
    private final static String ZIP_FILE = "/home/anton/test/test.zip";
    private final static String DESTINATION_DIRECTORY = "/home/anton/test/";
    private final static String ZIP_EXTENSION = ".zip";
    public static void main(String[] args) {
     System.out.println("Trying to unzip file " + ZIP_FILE); 
        Unzipper unzip = new Unzipper();  
        if (unzip.unzipToFile(ZIP_FILE, DESTINATION_DIRECTORY)) {
         System.out.println("Succefully unzipped to the directory " 
        } else {
         System.out.println("There was some error during extracting archive to the directory " 

 public boolean unzipToFile(String srcZipFileName,
   String destDirectoryName) {
  try {
   BufferedInputStream bufIS = null;
   // create the destination directory structure (if needed)
   File destDirectory = new File(destDirectoryName);

   // open archive for reading
   File file = new File(srcZipFileName);
   ZipFile zipFile = new ZipFile(file, ZipFile.OPEN_READ);

   //for every zip archive entry do
   Enumeration<? extends ZipEntry> zipFileEntries = zipFile.entries();
   while (zipFileEntries.hasMoreElements()) {
    ZipEntry entry = (ZipEntry) zipFileEntries.nextElement();
    System.out.println("\tExtracting entry: " + entry);

    //create destination file
    File destFile = new File(destDirectory, entry.getName());

    //create parent directories if needed
    File parentDestFile = destFile.getParentFile();    
    if (!entry.isDirectory()) {
     bufIS = new BufferedInputStream(
     int currentByte;

     // buffer for writing file
     byte data[] = new byte[BUFFER_SIZE];

     // write the current file to disk
     FileOutputStream fOS = new FileOutputStream(destFile);
     BufferedOutputStream bufOS = new BufferedOutputStream(fOS, BUFFER_SIZE);

     while ((currentByte = bufIS.read(data, 0, BUFFER_SIZE)) != -1) {
      bufOS.write(data, 0, currentByte);

     // close BufferedOutputStream

     // recursively unzip files
     if (entry.getName().toLowerCase().endsWith(ZIP_EXTENSION)) {
      String zipFilePath = destDirectory.getPath() + File.separatorChar + entry.getName();

      unzipToFile(zipFilePath, zipFilePath.substring(0, 
              zipFilePath.length() - ZIP_EXTENSION.length()));
   return true;
  } catch (Exception e) {
   return false;
I have placed some comments inline so now it seems pretty straightforward, but if you have some questions feel free to ask them.
You may also want to check how to recursively unzip archive in memory