Inspect and uncompress zipfile archives in Node.js
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Bindings to libzip for handling zipfile archives in node.

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var zipfile = require('zipfile');

// Creating a zipfile object
var zf = new zipfile.ZipFile('./test/data/');

// the zipfile has a list of names:
// zf.names[0] === 'world_merc.prj'

// the zipfile also has a count property that is the number of files contained
// zf.count == 2

// finally it has a readFile method that uncompresses a single file
// into a Buffer object
zf.readFile('world_merc.prj', function(err, buffer) {
    if (err) throw err;

Large files

To handle large zipfiles and avoid the overhead of passing data from C++ to JS use the copyFile interface:

var zipfile = require('zipfile');
var zf = new zipfile.ZipFile('./test/data/');
var zip_entry_name = 'world_merc.shp';
var output_file = 'out/world_merc.shp';
zf.copyFile(zip_entry_name,output_file, function(err) {
  if (err) throw err;
  console.log('Successfully wrote ' + output_file);


  • Node v0.10.x, v4.x, v5.x, or v6.x


Install from binary:

npm install

Install from source:

npm install --build-from-source

Dynamically linking against libzip

node-zipfile depends on libzip, but by default bundles a copy in deps/ which is statically linked and packaged as a binary.

If you want to use an external libzip first install it:


sudo apt-get install libzip-dev libzip1


brew install libzip

Then configure node-zipfile with the --shared_libzip option:

npm install  --build-from-source --shared_libzip

If you installed libzip in a custom location then configure like:

npm install  --build-from-source --shared_libzip \
  --shared_libzip_includes=/opt/local/include \

If you installed libzip with homebrew do:

npm install --build-from-source --shared_libzip \
  --shared_libzip_includes=`brew --prefix`/include \
  --shared_libzip_libpath=`brew --prefix`/lib


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