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How to Unzip a File in WinSCP

WinSCP is primarily an SFTP, SCP, and FTP client for Windows, but it does provide some file management capabilities. However, WinSCP itself doesn’t directly support unzipping files on the remote server.

If you want to unzip files on a remote server using WinSCP, you have a couple of options:

1. Using Custom Commands in WinSCP:

  1. Connect to your remote server using WinSCP.
  2. Navigate to the directory containing the .zip file you want to unzip.
  3. Select the file, then right-click and choose “Custom Commands” from the context menu.
  4. You might find an unzip option, or you can add a custom command if you have the appropriate unzip tool installed on your remote server. For a typical Linux server, the command might be something like unzip -o !.! (!.! is a placeholder for the selected file).

2. Using Terminal/Shell in WinSCP:

If you have SSH access to the remote server:

  1. After connecting with WinSCP, go to the “Commands” menu and choose “Open Terminal” or press Ctrl+T.
  2. In the terminal window, navigate to the directory containing the .zip file (if not already there).
  3. Use the appropriate command to unzip. On most Linux servers, you would use the unzip command:

Replace with the name of your .zip file.

3. Download, Extract Locally, and Re-upload:

If neither of the above options is viable:

  1. Download the .zip file to your local computer using WinSCP.
  2. Extract/unzip the file on your local machine using your preferred method or tool (like the built-in Windows unzip functionality or tools like 7-Zip).
  3. Upload the extracted files back to the server using WinSCP.

It’s important to note that the ability to unzip directly on the remote server depends on what tools are available on that server. Ensure you have the necessary permissions and tools installed on the server to perform these actions.

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