Filename Extensions
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Details of extension .zip

1 extension(s) and 0 alias(es) in our database

Below, you can find answers to the following questions:

  • What is the .zip file?
  • Which program can create the .zip file?
  • Where can you find a description of the .zip format?
  • What can convert .zip files to a different format?
  • Which MIME-type is associated with the .zip extension?
ZIP Archive .zip file icon

ZIP Archive

The ZIP file format is a popular data compression and archival format. A ZIP file contains one or more files that have been compressed or stored.
Category: Archive files
Application: WinZIP
Program name: WinZIP.exe
Mime-type: application/x-zip-compressed
Magic bytes (HEX): -
Magic string (ASCII): -
Related extensions:
LH ARC Compressed Archive
ARJ Compressed Archive
Compressed Microsoft Cabinet File
Archive Description
LHarc Compressed Archive
Quake Engine Data
Doom Data File
Compressed File
Zoo Compressed Archive

Other types of files may also use the .zip file extension. If you have helpful information about .zip extension, write to us!

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar extensions in our database:

Adobe Illustrator Plugin
Commodore 128 IPaint Image
Dungeonforge Game Data
Powersim Studio Model
Photo Mechanic Metadata File
Renamed Zip
DMDX ZIL Output Data
ZoneAlarm MailSafe Renamed REG File
Zipped Organelle Package

The .zip filename extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

zup (1), zp (1), zlp (1), zi (1), sip (1), ip (1), zpi (1), zop (1), zil (1), xip (1), izp (1), aip (1)

Can't open a .zip file?

If you want to open a .zip file on your computer, you just need to have the appropriate program installed. If the .zip association isn't set correctly, you may receive the following error message:

Windows can't open this file:


To open this file, Windows needs to know what program you want to use to open it. Windows can go online to look it up automatically, or you can manually select from a list of programs that are installed on your computer.

To change file associations:

  • Right-click a file with the extension whose association you want to change, and then click Open With.
  • In the Open With dialog box, click the program whith which you want the file to open, or click Browse to locate the program that you want.
  • Select the Always use the selected program to open this kind of file check box.

Supported operating systems

Windows Server 2003/2008/2012/2016, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Mac OS X, iOS, Android