Zip Manager Open local and remote ZIP archives and extract all files, a single file, or selected files
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The "Zip Manager" extension is a web-based replacement to the native ZIP managers. The extension has no native module; it only uses JavaScript to open and extract local and remote ZIP files. The extension can be used to open a remote ZIP archive and extract selected files from this ZIP archive. It offers to open the manager in its own window or just a browser tab. This extension keeps the directory structure of the ZIP archive while extracting also removes the harmful permissions when extracting.



  1. What is the "ZIP Manager" extension and how does it work?

    This extension is a ZIP format viewer and extractor. Basically, it can open both local ZIP files and server-side ZIP contents. For the remote links, there is no need to download the content first. The extension takes care of fetching required data from the remote server. To open local files click on the toolbar button once to open the manager window. Now drag a ZIP file into the view and drop it. You can also use the "Open" button located in the toolbar area to point the extension to the ZIP archive. For the remote links, use the right-click context menu item. Note that for remote content the extension needs to fetch some part of the archive first which may take some time based on the archive size.

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  3. What's new in this version?

    Please check the Logs section.

  4. Can I download a single file or just a few files from a large remote archive?

    Yes! Simply open the remote or local archive with the extension and wait for the fetching phase to over. When the entries are displayed, double-click on a single one to download it into the downloads directory. You can click on the multiple files and then press the "Extract" toolbar button to download all the selected files. If there is no selection, the extension tries to extract all the files in the ZIP archive. Note that this extension keeps the folder structure of the ZIP archive only if your browser supports downloading into the subdirectories (Chrome and Opera support this feature; Firefox will support this feature in the near future).

  5. What is the main difference between this extension and other OS-level ZIP managers?

    This extension only uses JavaScript API to open and extract ZIP archives. The extension does not preserve file flags when extracting them so on Linux-based operation systems, the harmful file permissions are removed. This way you can not run an archived executable after extracting it with this tool. So to extract executables or files that need to have special permissions use a native ZIP manager. Also, note that this extension is not extracting dot files since these files are hidden in Linux-based operating systems. Again you need a native tool to deal with these type of files. Also, this tool at the moment only supports the ZIP format. There is no support for other formats like RAR or 7Zip. It is technically possible and might be implemented in the future.

    As of version 0.1.2, it is possible to click on an entry in the ZIP manager window and drop it into a local folder like your Desktop directory. This feature is only supported in Chromium browsers at the moment (Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi for instance). Using this technique you can even drop a dot file out of the manager window. Note that browsers only support single file drop so even if you have selected multiple items, only the latest selected one will be dropped to the local destination.

  6. Can I open the ZIP manager in a new browser window instead of its own window?

    Yes! right-click on the toolbar button and change the mode to the "Tab Mode". Note that you can open multiple instances of the application in different tabs and open multiple files in each tab or window. The extension preserves the mode state after a restart so if you need to go back to the window mode you need to change the mode manually again.

  7. Where does the extension extract files to?

    This extension uses the download API of your browser to download the extracted files so all the files will be located in the default download directory of your browser. Note that if your browser supports downloading into the subdirectories, then if a file in a ZIP archive is located in a subdirectory, the extracted file will have the same structure. You can use the Ctrl key on Windows or Command key on Mac while pressing the "Extract" button to choose the destination directory.

  8. Can I open multiple ZIP files in a single manager window?

    Yes! simply drag and drop multiple ZIP archives and the extension displays all the files in the view. You can extract a single file or multiple files from these archives simultaneously too.

  9. What is the meaning of the "Use Native" option on the interface of the manager?

    If your browser supports native filesystem access, the extension offers to use it to write all selected files to the disk. In this method, the extension can write the filename correctly. For instance, on Linux, if a file starts with a dot, the browser removes it since the file is hidden. Using the native method reduces the writing limits forced by your browser. Note that you need to create a directory in your Desktop or Downloads folder for the browser to allow the directory access to the extension. This limitation improves your privacy by not allowing any extension access to these directories.

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What's new in this version

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    Need help?

    If you have questions about the extension, or ideas on how to improve it, please post them on the  support site. Don't forget to search through the bug reports first as most likely your question/bug report has already been reported or there is a workaround posted for it.

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    Permissions are explained

    storageto store local preferences such as window position and its size
    downloadsto download extracted files to the default download directory of your browser
    contextMenusto have context menu items for the toolbar button and ZIP links
    *://*/*to be able to download ZIP archives from all hostnames

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