Click here to Skip to main content
12,241,564 members (49,715 online)
Click here to Skip to main content
Add your own
alternative version

Tagged as


77 bookmarked

Zipping using System.IO.Compression

, 15 Jan 2012 CPOL
Rate this:
Please Sign up or sign in to vote.
This post shows how to create a zip package using System.IO.Compression
This is an old version of the currently published tip/trick.
To use System.IO.Compression, you need to add a reference to WindowsBase.dll.

The following code snippet shows how to use some of the provided functionalities...

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.IO;
using System.IO.Packaging;
public static class ZipHelper
    public static void ZipFiles(string path, IEnumerable files, CompressionOption compressionLevel = CompressionOption.Normal)
        using (FileStream fileStream = new FileStream(path, FileMode.Create))
            ZipHelper.ZipFilesToStream(fileStream, files, compressionLevel);
    public static byte[] ZipFilesToByteArray(IEnumerable files, CompressionOption compressionLevel = CompressionOption.Normal)
        MemoryStream memoryStream = default(MemoryStream);
        using (memoryStream = new MemoryStream())
            ZipHelper.ZipFilesToStream(memoryStream, files, compressionLevel);
        return memoryStream.ToArray();
    public static void Unzip(string zipPath, string baseFolder)
        using (FileStream fileStream = new FileStream(zipPath, FileMode.Open))
            ZipHelper.UnzipFilesFromStream(fileStream, baseFolder);
    public static void UnzipFromByteArray(byte[] zipData, string baseFolder)
        using (MemoryStream memoryStream = new MemoryStream(zipData))
            ZipHelper.UnzipFilesFromStream(memoryStream, baseFolder);
    private static void ZipFilesToStream(Stream destination, IEnumerable files, CompressionOption compressionLevel)
        using (Package package = Package.Open(destination, FileMode.Create))
            foreach (string path in files)
                Uri fileUri = new Uri(@"/" + Path.GetFileName(path), UriKind.Relative);
                string contentType = @"data/" + ZipHelper.GetFileExtentionName(path);
                using (Stream zipStream = package.CreatePart(fileUri, contentType, compressionLevel).GetStream())
                    using (FileStream fileStream = new FileStream(path, FileMode.Open))
                        ZipHelper.CopyStream(fileStream, zipStream);
    private static void UnzipFilesFromStream(Stream source, string baseFolder)
        if (!Directory.Exists(baseFolder))
        using (Package package = Package.Open(source, FileMode.Open))
            foreach (PackagePart zipPart in package.GetParts())
                string path = Path.Combine(baseFolder, zipPart.Uri.ToString().Substring(1));
                using (Stream zipStream = zipPart.GetStream())
                    using (FileStream fileStream = new FileStream(path, FileMode.Create))
                        ZipHelper.CopyStream(zipStream, fileStream);
    private static void CopyStream(Stream source, Stream destination)
        const int bufferSize = 0x1000;
        byte[] buffer = new byte[bufferSize];
        int count = 0;
        while ((count = source.Read(buffer, 0, bufferSize)) > 0)
            destination.Write(buffer, 0, count);
    private static string GetFileExtentionName(string path)
        string extention = Path.GetExtension(path);
        if (!string.IsNullOrWhiteSpace(extention) && extention.StartsWith("."))
            extention = extention.Substring(1);
        return extention;

Enjoy it! Smile | :)


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

United States United States
I got my BS in Software Engineering from Iran, worked there for 4.5 years mainly in industrial automation field. Then I moved to Australia. In Australia, I had a great chance to work at some big companies. Since 2009 I have been living in the States. I received my MS in Information Systems from Illinois State University. Currently, I am a Senior Software Development Engineer.

You may also be interested in...

Comments and Discussions

Discussions posted for the Published version of this article. Posting a message here will take you to the publicly available article in order to continue your conversation in public.
QuestionSystem.IO.FileNotFoundException: Could not find file 'C:\Windows\system32\[file to zip] Pin
mtoha15-Feb-16 20:43
membermtoha15-Feb-16 20:43 
QuestionHow about folders Pin
pishkari24-Sep-14 1:35
memberpishkari24-Sep-14 1:35 
GeneralArticle with demo of compression. Pin
DaveAuld1-Nov-13 7:56
protectorDaveAuld1-Nov-13 7:56 
GeneralRe: Article with demo of compression. Pin
Tecfield1-Nov-13 8:59
memberTecfield1-Nov-13 8:59 
GeneralMy vote of 3 Pin
BillWoodruff15-Jul-13 19:25
memberBillWoodruff15-Jul-13 19:25 
GeneralRe: My vote of 3 Pin
Tecfield16-Jul-13 4:09
memberTecfield16-Jul-13 4:09 
GeneralRe: My vote of 3 Pin
BillWoodruff25-Jul-13 0:34
memberBillWoodruff25-Jul-13 0:34 
GeneralRe: My vote of 3 Pin
Tecfield25-Jul-13 4:03
memberTecfield25-Jul-13 4:03 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pin
Abey Thomas2-Nov-12 21:44
memberAbey Thomas2-Nov-12 21:44 
QuestionCopy Stream Pin
Paul @ The Computer Station31-Oct-12 13:39
groupPaul @ The Computer Station31-Oct-12 13:39 
AnswerRe: Copy Stream Pin
Tecfield1-Nov-12 4:13
memberTecfield1-Nov-12 4:13 
Questionpackage.GetParts() issue in UnzipFilesFromStream Pin
Ayusman110-Aug-12 3:39
memberAyusman110-Aug-12 3:39 
AnswerRe: package.GetParts() issue in UnzipFilesFromStream Pin
Tecfield10-Aug-12 4:08
memberTecfield10-Aug-12 4:08 
GeneralRe: Sorry, no malice intended here, but this is a general commen... Pin
Darren Doody26-Jan-12 16:14
memberDarren Doody26-Jan-12 16:14 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 this is better than j . Pin
javaevangelist7-Feb-12 9:39
memberjavaevangelist7-Feb-12 9:39 
GeneralNice, but please specify .NET version required. In the titl... Pin
Darren Doody26-Jan-12 14:00
memberDarren Doody26-Jan-12 14:00 
GeneralRe: As long as you can make a reference to <code>WindowsBase.dll... Pin
Tecfield26-Jan-12 16:05
memberTecfield26-Jan-12 16:05 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 Nice example Pin
loctrice24-Jan-12 10:09
memberloctrice24-Jan-12 10:09 
GeneralVery nice. It does not handle subdirectories (at least not i... Pin
loctrice24-Jan-12 10:08
memberloctrice24-Jan-12 10:08 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 it is nice one. works with out any t... Pin
venkata124-Jan-12 6:16
membervenkata124-Jan-12 6:16 
GeneralThank you very much for the good article. But I tried to zip... Pin
venkata124-Jan-12 6:10
membervenkata124-Jan-12 6:10 
GeneralRe: Sorry. I got it working. This is due to the white space in S... Pin
venkata124-Jan-12 6:14
membervenkata124-Jan-12 6:14 
SuggestionRe: Sorry. I got it working. This is due to the white space in S... Pin
ErrCode31-Oct-13 20:31
memberErrCode31-Oct-13 20:31 
GeneralRe: Sorry. I got it working. This is due to the white space in S... Pin
Tecfield1-Nov-13 2:34
memberTecfield1-Nov-13 2:34 
GeneralThere is no license mentioned here. Can one use this code in... Pin
ivanicin23-Jan-12 14:37
memberivanicin23-Jan-12 14:37 

General General    News News    Suggestion Suggestion    Question Question    Bug Bug    Answer Answer    Joke Joke    Praise Praise    Rant Rant    Admin Admin   

Use Ctrl+Left/Right to switch messages, Ctrl+Up/Down to switch threads, Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right to switch pages.

| Advertise | Privacy | Terms of Use | Mobile
Web01 | 2.8.160426.1 | Last Updated 16 Jan 2012
Article Copyright 2012 by Tecfield
Everything else Copyright © CodeProject, 1999-2016
Layout: fixed | fluid