How to unzip extremely large file on a server with SSH

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I had zipped about 600 podcasts. The total size for the single  zip file was now 13GB. I uploaded the file to my web server and attempted unzipping online using my browser. I got the most frustrating error that it was impossible to unzip the files.

I was like, “you mean I’ve spent almost an hour zipping the files plus it took hours to upload the zip file and now its impossible to unzip?”

At this point, I felt like Filezilla, an FTP should have had the functionality to unzip files. It was a worthless thought though.

I tried Googling without any success. This is when I decided to unzip the files using SSH after getting help from my web hosting company. Using SSH, the following command “unzip”  unzips the file into the current folder. For more info about SSH/FTP, Please watch this video by Eli The Computer Guy.

SSH and FTP for Remote Administration


William Oneb

William Oneb is Java Programmer, Android Developer, Web Designer and is currently studying Objective C. He has developed at least 3 wordpress plugins/widgets. He is interested in iOS development too.

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  1. Warren Galloway November 4, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    While I’m glad you did get your 13GB zip file to unzip as you were seeking, I have to ask, WHY would you do one giant file instead of a few at a time, like 10 at a time over a period of days. I’ve deployed websites like that, but nothing over 120MB.

    I’m just asking. Awesome job.

  2. William Oneb November 5, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Why should you do 10 at a time over a period of days while you can do that in a day? Over 600 files?

    I’d rather use the easy way out and get the work done as quickly as possible.

    It’s difficult to keep track of each file you’re uploading via FileZilla. We’re talking of over 600 files.

    I think a single giant zip file with over 600 files is the best solution in my case.

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