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I have downloaded a large number of .zip files and need to extract them using 7z (p7zip) at the command line. 7z x is successful, but 7z x *.zip returns a "No files to process" error.

How can I unzip the files as a batch instead of one at a time?

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closed as off topic by Skyhawk, voretaq7 May 24 '12 at 20:36

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for zip in *.zip; do
    7z x "$zip"
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up vote 2 down vote accepted


ls -1 *.zip | xargs -L 1 7z x


  1. ls -1 *.zip outputs a one-column list of zip files to stdout (ls dash-one, not ls dash-ell)
  2. xargs -L 1 takes each filename returned and passes it to 7z x as a parameter.
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