The Mini Self eXtracting File based on MiniZip
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MiniSXF - Copyright (c) 2012-2013 - by Mario Gomez - version 0.1.2 More info on


MiniSXF is a sightly modified version of MiniZip 1.1 that is built from MiniZip 1.0 by Gilles Vollant ( )

Original note: When adding ZIP64 support into minizip it would result into risk of breaking compatibility with minizip 1.0. All possible work was done for compatibility.

Note: Appears that fopen in cygwin already supports large files, so there is no needed to call fopen64.


There isn't a simple way to generate self extracting files on linux web servers that can be run on Windows systems without executing external commands.

Many hosting services doesn't allow you to run external commands, so I need a solution that allows me to generate a self extracting file programmaticaly without executing any externals commands in PHP.

This simple executable just try to find the data appended to itself and extract the zipfile using the MiniZip routines.

This is a really "beta experimental version". It could have a lot of bugs because I tried to remove all the code to make it compile under cygwin.

The original source code can be found on:

Compiling (On Windows)

1-You will need to install CygWIN with gcc, make and zlib.

2-Copy "Makefile.cygwin32" to "Makefile"

3-Modify the paths to zlib inside the Makefile and run:


4-Check the file size with "ls -al MiniSXF.exe" and modify the following line on minisxf.c

const size_t payload = 123456;

5-Run "make clean" and "make" again.

6-Check if file size is the same if not repeat from 3.

Note: It's possible that this will run on linux without major modifications on the source code but I haven't tried yet.

Compiling (On Linux)

The same as compiling it for Windows, just select the right makefile "Makefile.linux" or "Makefile.linux64".

Note: On linux the output filename is "MiniSXF"

Usage (On unix systems)

To generate a self extracting file in command line just copy the compiled executable "MiniSXF.exe" and a zipfile with the contents. Then merge both files with the following command:

cat MiniSXF.exe > generated.exe

On Windows just run the generated executable.

Usage (On Windows)

Note: Tested on Windows 7 64 bits.

If you try to Run the compiled executable it's going to warn you that there is no payload in the file and it's going to exit.

generated.exe : Extracts the contents of the payload on the current directory.

generated.exe -v : Shows version number and copyright info.

generated.exe -l : List the contents of the file.

To do:

  • zipfile password support.
  • User selectable destination directory.
  • A nice, multi-platform GUI?


From 0.1.1 to 0.1.2:

  • Code now compiles on Linux
  • Macros added to ioapi.c to detect if is compiled on windows under cygwin.
  • Different Makefiled added for Windows and Linux

From 0.1 to 0.1.1:

  • Code now compiles with the -mno-cygwin option on windows and runs without cygwin.
  • A lot of code cleanup, now a lot more easy to read.
  • README updated with usage options.

Changed from MiniZip 1.0 to MiniZip 1.1

  • Added ZIP64 support for unzip ( by Even Rouault )
  • Added ZIP64 support for zip ( by Mathias Svensson )
  • Reverted some changed that Even Rouault did.
  • Bunch of patches received from Gulles Vollant that he received for MiniZip from various users.
  • Added unzip patch for BZIP Compression method (patch create by Daniel Borca)
  • Added BZIP Compress method for zip
  • Did some refactoring and code cleanup


Gilles Vollant - Original MiniZip author Even Rouault - ZIP64 unzip Support Daniel Borca - BZip Compression method support in unzip Mathias Svensson - ZIP64 zip support Mathias Svensson - BZip Compression method support in zip


ZipLayout Command line tool for Windows that shows the layout and information of the headers in a zip archive. Used when debugging and validating the creation of zip files using MiniZip64

ZIP App Note Zip File specification


  • To be able to use BZip compression method in zip64.c or unzip64.c the BZIP2 lib is needed and HAVE_BZIP2 need to be defined.


Condition of use and distribution are the same than zlib :

This software is provided 'as-is', without any express or implied warranty. In no event will the authors be held liable for any damages arising from the use of this software.

Permission is granted to anyone to use this software for any purpose, including commercial applications, and to alter it and redistribute it freely, subject to the following restrictions:

  1. The origin of this software must not be misrepresented; you must not claim that you wrote the original software. If you use this software in a product, an acknowledgment in the product documentation would be appreciated but is not required.
  2. Altered source versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not be misrepresented as being the original software.
  3. This notice may not be removed or altered from any source distribution.