We all have come across ZIP files. But have you ever thought what are they and how do they work?Zip is an archive file format that supports data compression. It allows you to compress your document and enables it to send via email or other internet applications.A zip file can have one or more files inside it.you can zip any kind of files and compress them. A zip file is made to either to transfer or to store a data with low availability of storage space. Thus they are well-known sending and storing a bulk file with ease. This kind of compressing method is also known as lossless compression as they are able to compress and restore the information when once unzipped.they can often compress the size of the files from 50 to 90 percent of the original size.
All the files in S3 are being treated as an object. It doesn’t matter what kind of file it is. It just stores the file (Object)and gives it back to you, when you are in need of. Unfortunately, Amazon S3 does not have the option to unzip files. But the door is not closing there and we have some alternate options to do so.
The best way to unzip your file in S3 is to unzip on an ec2 instance then transfer the unzipped content to your S3 bucket. You can use 7zip GUI, for extracting your files into your instance. Remember to increase your instance from the basic to a good one, only for this purpose. You can revert to the actual once the process gets completed. 7zip extraction is very fast in extraction. Once extracted you can start transferring your files into the theS3 bucket.
There is a good number of software available for transferring files from your instance to S3. You can choose AWS CLI for this task. It uses multithreading and transfer rate will be higher compared to some other software. Follow the below given steps for file transferring.
- Download AWS CLI.
- Configure AWS CLI to your EC2 instance.
- Open Command Prompt and root to your file location, where you want to copy your files.
- Enter the following command in the
aws s3 cp my-directory s3://your bucket name – recursive
- Press Enter. Your files are on your way to the destination