PowerTip: Use PowerShell to Create Zip Archive

Doctor Scripto

Summary: Learn how to use Windows PowerShell to easily create a zip archive.

Hey, Scripting Guy! Question How can I use Windows PowerShell to create a zip archive of a folder on my system?

Hey, Scripting Guy! Answer Use Get-ChildItem from PSCX to copy the files, and pipe the output to the Write-Zip cmdlet:

Get-Childitem c:\fso -Recurse | Write-Zip -IncludeEmptyDirectories -OutputPath C:\fso_bu\fso.zip

Note: I have written several blog posts about the Windows PowerShell Community Extension Project.
For more information about obtaining the PSCX module, see these Hey, Scripting Guy! Blog posts.


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