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zipgrep – search files in a ZIP archive for lines matching a pattern


zipgrep [egrep_options] pattern file[.zip] [file(s) …] [-x xfile(s) …]


zipgrep will search files within a ZIP archive for lines matching the
given string or pattern. zipgrep is a shell script and requires
egrep and unzip to function. Its output is identical to that of


The pattern to be located within a ZIP archive. Any string or
regular expression accepted by egrep may be used. file[.zip] Path of the ZIP archive. (Wildcard expressions for the ZIP ar‐
chive name are not supported.) If the literal filename is not
found, the suffix .zip is appended. Note that self-extracting
ZIP files are supported, as with any other ZIP archive; just
specify the .exe suffix (if any) explicitly.

[file(s)] An optional list of archive members to be processed, separated
by spaces. If no member files are specified, all members of the
ZIP archive are searched. Regular expressions (wildcards) may
be used to match multiple members:

* matches a sequence of 0 or more characters

? matches exactly 1 character

[…] matches any single character found inside the brackets;
ranges are specified by a beginning character, a hyphen,
and an ending character. If an exclamation point or a
caret (`!’ or `^’) follows the left bracket, then the
range of characters within the brackets is complemented
(that is, anything except the characters inside the
brackets is considered a match).

(Be sure to quote any character that might otherwise be inter‐
preted or modified by the operating system.)

[-x xfile(s)] An optional list of archive members to be excluded from process‐
ing. Since wildcard characters match directory separators
(`/’), this option may be used to exclude any files that are in
subdirectories. For example, “zipgrep grumpy foo *.[ch] -x
*/*” would search for the string “grumpy” in all C source
files in the main directory of the “foo” archive, but none in
any subdirectories. Without the -x option, all C source files
in all directories within the zipfile would be searched.


All options prior to the ZIP archive filename are passed to egrep.


egrep, unzip, zip, funzip, zipcloak, zipinfo, zip‐
note(1), zipsplit

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zipgrep was written by Jean-loup Gailly.

Info-ZIP 20 April 2009 ZIPGREP(1)

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