Use cPanel File Manager to compress/decompress files

In this knowledge base article we will show how to compress/decompress files with the cPanel File Manager.

Steps to compress files via cPanel File Manager

  1. Login to your cPanel account
  2. Go to File Manager from the FILES Section
  3. Navigate to the directory where you have the files you want to archive.
  4. Select the files: hold the CTRL key down and click the files. If you want to archive all the files you can click the Select All button from the File Manager top menu.
  5. Click the Compress button from the File Manager top menu.
  6. On the Compress Window choose the Compress Type (Zip/Tar/GZiped Tar or Bzip2ed Tar) you want to be used. Also here choose the desired archive name. 
  7. Click the Compress File(s) button. The archive will be created and a message will let you know this.
cPanel files compress
cPanel Files Compress/Extract

Steps to decompress(extract) files via cPanel File Manager

  1. Login to your cPanel account
  2. Go to File Manager from the FILES Section
  3. Navigate to the directory where you have the archive that you want to decompress.
  4. Select the archive by clicking on it.
  5. Click the Extract button from the File Manager top menu.
  6. On the Extract Window you can choose the path where the files will be extracted. By default, the path is the current directory.
  7. Click the Extract File(s) button. Archive will be decompressed.

The video tutorial on how to compress and decompress (from 01:42):

You can also compress files and decompress archives on your computer. Use the File Manager or the FileZilla FTP client to download/upload files to your web hosting account.