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Streaming cross-platform unzip tool written in node.js.

This package is based on unzip-stream. Some of PRs opened in the original repo have been merged into this one. Also project was updated and converted to TypeScript.


Any contributions are welcomed.

Project uses commitlint. This is necessary to determine the package version bump.

Rules for branch names:

  • fix/ISSUE-1_<short_description>
  • feat/ISSUE-1_<short_description>
  • chore/ISSUE-1_<short_description>

Rules for commit messages:

  • fix(ISSUE-1): <short_description>
  • feat(ISSUE-1): <short_description>
  • chore(ISSUE-1): <short_description>

Brief history

This package is based on unzip (and its fork unzipper) and provides simple APIs for parsing and extracting zip files. It uses new streaming engine which allows it to process also files which would fail with unzip. There are no added compiled dependencies - inflation is handled by node.js's built in zlib support.

Please note that the zip file format isn't really meant to be processed by streaming, though this library should succeed in most cases, if you do have complete zip file available, you should consider using other libraries which read zip files from the end - as originally intended (for example yauzl or decompress-zip).


> npm install ts-unzip-stream

Quick Examples

Parse zip file contents

Process each zip file entry or pipe entries to another stream.

Important: If you do not intend to consume an entry stream's raw data, call autodrain() to dispose of the entry's contents. Otherwise the stream will get stuck.

import fs from 'fs';
import { Parse } from 'ts-unzip-stream';

  .pipe(new Parse())
  .on('entry', (entry) => {
    const { path: filePath, type, size } = entry;
    if (filePath === `this IS the file I'm looking for`) {
    } else {

Parse zip by piping entries downstream

If you pipe from unzip-stream the downstream components will receive each entry for further processing. This allows for clean pipelines transforming zipfiles into unzipped data.

Example using stream.Transform:

import fs from 'fs';
import stream from 'stream';
import unzip from 'ts-unzip-stream';

  .pipe(new unzip.Parse())
    objectMode: true,
    transform: (entry, e, cb) => {
      const { path: filePath, type, size } = entry;

      if (filePath === `this IS the file I'm looking for`) {
          .on('finish', cb);
      } else {

Extract to a directory

import fs from 'fs';
import { Extract } from 'ts-unzip-stream';

  new Extract({ path: 'output/path' })

Extract will emit the close event when the archive is fully extracted, do NOT use the finish event, which can be emitted before the writing finishes.

Extra options

The Parse and Extract methods allow passing an object with decodeString property which will be used to decode non-utf8 file names in the archive. If not specified a fallback will be used.

Example with iconv-lite:

import { Parse } from 'ts-unzip-stream';
import iconvLite from 'iconv-lite';

let parser = new Parse({
  decodeString: (buffer) => {
    return iconvLite.decode(buffer, 'iso-8859-2');

What's missing?

Currently ZIP files up to version 4.5 are supported (which includes Zip64 support - archives with 4GB+ files). There's no support for encrypted (password protected) zips, or symlinks.

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