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The table below provides useful information about the .zip file extension. It answers questions such as:

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✅ ZIP Archive

ZIP Archive .zip file icon
The ZIP file is a ZIP Archive. The ZIP file format is a popular data compression and archival format. A ZIP file contains one or more files that have been compressed or stored.
Category: Archive files
Application: WinZIP
Mime-type: application/x-zip-compressed
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
ZIP aliases:
ZIP related links:
ZIP related extensions:
LH ARC Compressed Archive

ARJ Compressed Archive

Compressed Microsoft Cabinet File

Archive Description

LHarc Compressed Archive

Quake Engine Data

✅ Oolite Expansion Pack

Oolite Expansion Pack .zip file icon
The ZIP file is an Oolite Expansion Pack. Oolite is a free and open source 3D space trading and combat simulator in the spirit of Elite.
The ZIP format description is not yet available
Category: Game Data files
Application: Oolite
Mime-type: application/octet-stream
Magic number: -
Magic string: -
Sample: -
ZIP aliases:
ZIP related links:
ZIP related extensions:

⚠ Be careful with .zip files.

It's important to know that the .zip file extension can be used by various programs, not just the ones you expect. This includes potentially harmful software or malware that might create .zip files. Be cautious when dealing with .zip files from unknown sources.

🚫 The .zip file extension is often given incorrectly!

According to the searches on our site, these misspellings were the most common in the past year:

aip, ip, izp, sip, xip, zil, zlp, zop, zp, zpi, zup

Is it possible that the filename extension is misspelled?

We found the following similar file extensions in our database:

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🔴 Can't open a .zip file?

When you double-click a file to open it, Windows examines the filename extension. If Windows recognizes the filename extension, it opens the file in the program that is associated with that filename extension. When Windows does not recognize a filename extension, you receive the following message:

Select an app to open this .zip file

It means that the operating system does not have a default app associated with the .zip file type. To resolve this issue and open the file, you can take the following steps:

If you don't know how to change the default app for the .zip file, check the FAQ.

🔴 Can I change the extension of files?

Changing the filename extension of a file is not a good idea. The extension of a file serves as a hint to the operating system and various software programs about the type of data contained within the file. When you alter a file's extension, you essentially modify how software applications interpret and handle that file. Every file has a specific format, also known as its file type or file format. The problem is, changing the file extension does not change the file format.

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