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Posted 10 Dec 2002

C++ wrapper for Gilles Vollant's Unzip API

, 10 Dec 2002
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Presents an extended yet simplified interface to querying, filtering and extracting multiple files from a zip archive

Sample Image - unzip.jpg


I've been trawling the web for ages trying to find some zip extraction code which

  1. I could understand and
  2. did not have excessive restrictions.

Then I stumbled across Gilles Vollant's excellent work on providing a multi-file API to the ZLib code base written by Jean-loup Gailly and Mark Adler.

That was yesterday. A day later I had wrapped Gilles' code in a simplified C++ wrapper with extended features.

I don't want to gush too much, but having spent the last six months looking for code such as his, I was very impressed by how simply I could understand it and work with it.

The features I've added include:

  • Navigating/extracting the embedded files/folders by index
  • Navigating/extracting the embedded files by file extension
  • Extracting the embedded files whilst ignoring the path info stored with each file. i.e., flattening the file structure

The purpose of this release is mostly to assist people like me who were looking for some code to start with. If I come up with any useful extensions then I will update the code, but feel free (as I know you will) to criticize the code in anyway you like.

p.s. The sample app which comes with the code will show how to use it.

p.s to p.s. Although the sample app is MFC, the wrapper class is pure Win32.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Eclipse Public License 1.0


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GeneralRe: Zipper Wrapper Pin
DanG13-Mar-03 19:49
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Generalexclude libs Pin
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GeneralRe: Feedback Pin
Matthias Mann12-Dec-02 3:28
memberMatthias Mann12-Dec-02 3:28 

PathFindExtension is one of the many new functions provides by Internet Explorer and is not supported on Win95 or WinNT without IE 4.

So - I prefer to use _splitpath or _wsplitpath because it handles everything and it's in the crt from VC and therfore available on every windows version (including Win95 without IE)

Ciao Matthias
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