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fuse-zip - Man Page

a FUSE filesystem for zip archives with write support


fuse-zip [options] zip-file mount-point



print help


print version


open archive in read-only mode

-o opt[,opt...]

mount options (refer to mount.fuse(8) for details)


don't detach from terminal


turn on debugging, also implies -f

Specific mount options


By default high precision timestamp is saved to archive only for new files or files with known creation time. You can force high-precision time saving by specifying '-o force_precise_time' option. In this case creation time will be equal to a first known file modification time.


fuse-zip is a FUSE filesystem, that enables any program to work with a ZIP archive as though it is a plain directory. Unlike KIO or Gnome VFS, it can be used in any application without modifications.

Unlike other FUSE filesystems, only fuse-zip provides write support to ZIP archives. Also, fuse-zip is faster than all known implementations on large archives with many files.

Since version 0.3.0 fuse-zip has support for absolute and parent-relative paths in file names, but only in read-only mode (-r command line switch). Absolute paths are displayed under "ROOT" directory, every ".." in path replaced by "UP" in directory name and "normal" files are placed under "CUR" directory.

Support for UNIX file permissions and owner information has been added in version 0.4.0. See Permissions for details.

Since version 0.5.0 fuse-zip forces open in read-only mode if archive file or its parent directory is not writable.

File/archive comments are supported since version 0.7.0. To read/modify file comment use extended attribute "user.comment". Archive comment is accessible via mount point's extended attribute.

If you want to specify character set conversion for file names in archive, use the following fusermount options:


See FUSE documentation for details.


General usage would look like this

1mkdir /tmp/zipArchive
2fuse-zip foobar.zip /tmp/zipArchive
3(do something with the mounted file system)
4fusermount -u /tmp/zipArchive

Be patient. Wait for fuse-zip process finish after unmounting, especially on a big archives.


Access check will not be performed unless -o default_permissions mount option is given.



see this file in case any errors occur

See Also

fusermount(1), mount.fuse(8).


This is Free Software; this software is licensed under the GPL version 3, as published by the Free Software Foundation, or later. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.


Alexander Galanin <al@galanin.nnov.ru> http://galanin.nnov.ru/~al
This manual page was originally written by Kirill Zaitsev <teferiincub@gmail.com>. Updated by Alexander Galanin.


July 2019 FUSE filesystem to read and modify ZIP archives