How to Unzip ZIP Files in Google Drive Without Downloading Them First
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Wherever you are, you need a tool that can unzip compressed files. ZIP files are, after all, the digital couriers of the web — second only to PDFs when it comes to sharing files.

On the desktop, you have utilities like WinZip and 7-Zip. But what if the ZIP is on Google Drive?

Working With ZIP Files in the Cloud

Imagine someone sent you an archived set of documents or photos in an email. Or shared a compressed ZIP file from a cloud folder. You can take the “normal” route and download it to your desktop, decompress the file, and then work with the contents.

Or you could do this all in the Google Drive folder with ZIP Extractor.

ZIP Extractor is a Chrome extension that extracts files from a ZIP archive in Google Drive. This extension can be an invaluable time-saver if you do a lot of cloud work and want to bypass the inconvenience of unzipping.

Install the Chrome extension from the Chrome Web Store. Or open your Google Drive account > New > More > Connect more apps. Search for ZIP Extractor and install it.

How to Unzip ZIP Files in Google Drive Without Downloading Them First ZIP Extractor

Now, you can select any archived file in Google Drive for extraction. Select the file and right-click to Open with the ZIP Extractor for ZIP files stored in Drive. On first use, the extension will ask you to authorize ZIP Extractor to access to Google Drive. After that, the unzip operation takes a couple of steps:

How to Unzip ZIP Files in Google Drive Without Downloading Them First Unzip

  1. The ZIP Extractor screen gives you the option to select the files to extract. By default, all files are selected.
  2. Choose Extract Now to extract into a new folder inside the current folder. You can change the destination folder. 
  3. The extracted file is saved in a folder with the same name as the ZIP file.

Use the ZIP Extractor interface to view the extracted file, share the file, or extract another file. Now, you can work with the extracted files in Google Drive. Do remember that the decompress occurs in the cloud, so the strength of your bandwidth determines the speed of the process.

Take Care of Unzip Operations in the Cloud

ZIP Extractor is a simple but capable extension that extends the utility of your Drive. Yes, there are some small gaps — for instance, it does not directly give you the option to directly download the unzipped files to your desktop — but that’s only a small itch.

Do you work with a lot of compressed files in the cloud? Does ZIP Extractor work as a time saver for you?

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  1. Neeraj
    September 7, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    while convenient, it's most inefficient of bandwidth. It downloads all files to one's PC first, unzips there, then re-uploads!

    • Shalini Khanna
      September 23, 2017 at 2:53 am

      VERY TRUE.
      This looks like yet another cunning promo in guise of a typical 'helpful' HOW-TO article. As one of the early early-adopters of GSuite three years ago, and having used it since, I can very confidently say that NO FREE app - Google/Gsuite or 3rd party/marketplace app would extract your entire archive in the cloud and let you selectively or individually download files. If some do, they'd deliberately max the archive file size limit to a ridiculous 10-50 megs just so that you know it can be done but it has to be purchased for it to make any sense.