Thursday, August 11, 2011

Decompressing .ZIPX on Unix-like systems

Any new technology tends to go through a 25-year adoption cycle.
-- Marc Andreessen
Newer versions of WinZip introduced the extension .zipx for the ZIP files that use newer compression methods. Many commercial programs offer support for .zipx files but if you want a free and open source program to handle .zipx (especially to decompress .zipx files), you can use 7zip ( 7-zip added support for .zipx files in version 9.18.

On Windows, any installer with version >9.18 will do the trick.
    On Unix-like systems, there are few possibilities to install and use 7zip (mind you, only 7zip versions >9.18 support .zipx format):
    • Find a 7zip package for your distribution's package manager (or, compile 7zip yourself).
      That's it!