Linux – Compress Each Folder/Directory to Separate Archives

Lets say you’ve got a bunch of folders taking up a large swathe of space which you never really use but want to keep.

How can you easily compress them all up to individual archives of each folder?


for folder in */

zip -r -9 “${folder%/}.zip” “$folder”

Save that to a file, chmod +x it and run in the location you want to compress the folders. Every folder (and all contents within) will be compressed to its own archive.

With zip, -9 is the flag for maximum compression.

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