How do I unzip or decompress a file I upload?

If you upload a compressed file in .zip, .gz. .bz2, .xz, or another compressed format, you can use the command line shell to decompress it. We have many decompression tools installed.

For example, if you upload a file named, you could type these two commands after connecting to switch to your web directory and unzip the file:

cd html

For .tar files, including extensions .tar.gz, .tgz, .tar.bz2, and .tar.xz:

cd html
tar xvf filename

For other .gz files:

cd html
gunzip archive.gz

For other .bz2 files:

cd html
bunzip2 archive.bz2

For other .xz files:

cd html
unxz -v archive.xz

If you’re not comfortable using the shell, just contact us and let us know the exact filename you’ve uploaded. We’ll be happy to decompress it for you.