How to Create a Password Protected ZIP File in Linux

How to Create a Password Protected ZIP File in Linux

If you are creating a zip file and you need to password protect it Linux Ubuntu system, There are 2 options available for this, first, you can do it with the help of a command line or terminal, and second, you can use the GUI.

If you want to use the command line or terminal, you need to type your zip –e filename command on the terminal, or if you want to use the gui, you need to select the file and right click, and select the option for password protected file, it will be password protected on linux ubuntu.

Here are 2 options to create password protected zip file on Linux Ubuntu server:

Option 1: Linux Ubuntu Create Password Protected Zip Command Line

To password protect a zip file on the Linux Ubuntu terminal or command line, you have already installed zip package on your server, If it is not, you can type this command in the terminal and press enter and it will install.

sudo apt install zip unzip

Type zip -e filename or zip –encrypt filename command to create a password protected zip file on Linux Ubuntu command line or terminal:

zip --encrypt test1

Once it asks for enter the password on your command line, as follows;

Enter password: 
Verify password: 

Or if you want to unzip the zip file, for this you can use the command:


It will ask you to enter a password to unzip the file, as follows:

[] test1 password: 

Option 2: Create a Password-Protected ZIP File in Ubuntu Linux Using GUI

Now let’s talk about the second option, in this, you will not need a terminal or command line. In this, you can create a password protected zip file of any file from the Linux Ubuntu desktop itself, for follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Visit the file location
  • Step 2: Right-click on the file
  • Step 3: Click on the compress option to create zip file
  • Step 4: Then click on the other option to set your password
  • Step 5: Click Create

Watch the video guide on how to create a password protected zip file on the Ubuntu Linux command line:


Through this tutorial, you have learned how to create password protected zip file in ubuntu Linux system using command line and GUI.

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