Unzip Files in Go

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The code below is used to unzip, or decompress, a zip archive file into it’s constituent files. Because there are likely to be multiple files, it will create the files within a folder (specified with the 2nd parameter).

Also, try this code if you are wanting to create zip files.

This was based on code from here.

package main

import (

func main() {

    files, err := Unzip("done.zip", "output-folder")
    if err != nil {

    fmt.Println("Unzipped:\n" + strings.Join(files, "\n"))

// Unzip will decompress a zip archive, moving all files and folders
// within the zip file (parameter 1) to an output directory (parameter 2).
func Unzip(src string, dest string) ([]string, error) {

    var filenames []string

    r, err := zip.OpenReader(src)
    if err != nil {
        return filenames, err
    defer r.Close()

    for _, f := range r.File {

        // Store filename/path for returning and using later on
        fpath := filepath.Join(dest, f.Name)

        // Check for ZipSlip. More Info: http://bit.ly/2MsjAWE
        if !strings.HasPrefix(fpath, filepath.Clean(dest)+string(os.PathSeparator)) {
            return filenames, fmt.Errorf("%s: illegal file path", fpath)

        filenames = append(filenames, fpath)

        if f.FileInfo().IsDir() {
            // Make Folder
            os.MkdirAll(fpath, os.ModePerm)

        // Make File
        if err = os.MkdirAll(filepath.Dir(fpath), os.ModePerm); err != nil {
            return filenames, err

        outFile, err := os.OpenFile(fpath, os.O_WRONLY|os.O_CREATE|os.O_TRUNC, f.Mode())
        if err != nil {
            return filenames, err

        rc, err := f.Open()
        if err != nil {
            return filenames, err

        _, err = io.Copy(outFile, rc)

        // Close the file without defer to close before next iteration of loop

        if err != nil {
            return filenames, err
    return filenames, nil

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Edd is the Lead Developer at Hoowla, a prop-tech startup, where he spends much of his time working on production-ready Go and PHP code. He loves coding, but also enjoys cycling and camping in his spare time.

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