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Unzip written in pure JavaScript. Extracts a zip into a directory. Available as a library or a command line program.

Uses the yauzl ZIP parser.

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Make sure you have Node 10 or greater installed.

Get the library:

npm install extract-zip --save

Install the command line program:

npm install extract-zip -g


const extract = require('extract-zip')

async function main () {
  try {
    await extract(source, { dir: target })
    console.log('Extraction complete')
  } catch (err) {
    // handle any errors


  • dir (required) - the path to the directory where the extracted files are written
  • defaultDirMode - integer - Directory Mode (permissions), defaults to 0o755
  • defaultFileMode - integer - File Mode (permissions), defaults to 0o644
  • onEntry - function - if present, will be called with (entry, zipfile), entry is every entry from the zip file forwarded from the entry event from yauzl. zipfile is the yauzl instance

Default modes are only used if no permissions are set in the zip file.

CLI Usage

extract-zip <targetDirectory>

If not specified, targetDirectory will default to process.cwd().