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Your File Manager allows you to both compress (zip) and uncompress (unzip) files.

How to Compress Files

  1. Go to the File Manager.
  2. Navigate to the folder where the files you want to compress are
  3. While holding down your Ctrl key, click on each file that you would like included in the compressed file.
  4. Click the Compress button at the top right of the page
  5. On the "Compress" page, choose which compression you would like to use (such as zip or tar), enter a name for the file, and then click Compress File(s).


  6. When the files have been compressed successfully, you'll see a success page that lists the compressed files similar to the below screenshot:


How to Uncompress Files

  1. Go to the File Manager.
  2. Navigate to the folder location for the file you want to uncompress.
  3. Right click on the file and choose Extract


  4. On the "Extract" page, choose the directory you would like to extract the files to, and click Extract File(s).

    Select the path you will extract to

  5. When the file has been successfully extracted, you'll see a success page that lists the extracted files similar to the below screenshot:


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n/a Points
2016-09-03 8:16 am

If Winrar is not better than to try with compress. . . . i have ever used this one instead of doing compress files with file explore. 

n/a Points
2016-03-21 9:24 am

Anybody have any insight as to how long this process takes? Trying to create a zipped archive backup of all my web files and it's been doing it for 4 days now.... Not sure how to tell if it's actually doing anything or if it's stuck. My site is huge, so I know that it will take a while, but 4 days?? 

43,761 Points
2016-03-21 6:17 pm
Unless you have an unusually large website, it appears to be stuck. 4 days would have to be an absolutely huge site. You may want to try again.
n/a Points
2015-01-20 2:30 am
It did not tell me how to get to the File Manager
31,539 Points
2015-11-16 11:46 am
Hello Malcolm,

Thank you for contacting us. You can get to the File manager in cPanel, by clicking the File Manager button in the Files section.

Step 1 in both sections above, include a link to our guide on Using File Manager in cPanel.

Thank you,
11,186 Points
2014-03-07 11:02 am
Nested folders should extract perfectly fine. It may be this specific zip file that you are having trouble with.
n/a Points
2014-03-06 5:19 pm

The extract in File Manager seems to skip nested folders in a zip.Any way to get these to extract properly?

2012-04-27 2:04 pm
Thanks for the quick response!
5,399 Points
2012-04-27 2:01 pm
Hi Teebird,

If you follow the steps above, they will walk you through compressing a file. This compressed file can then be downloaded by your visitors if you wanted to give them a link to it.

This is a little different than gzip / mod_deflate, which compresses files before sending them to your users (such as html files). You can find more information on that here:

<a href="" target="_blank">An introduction to gzip / mod_deflate</a>

- Brad
2012-04-27 1:53 pm
Forgive the potential "n00b nature" of this question, but is compression method described above for compressing files you want to serve to your websites visitors or is this just for storing files on your hosting space?

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