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Java Examples - Creating Zip Archieve File Using "FileSystem" Class

Updated on September 5, 2018
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1. Introduction to Java FileSystem

In this example, First, we are going to create a Zip File and then add two text files to the Zip content. While article progress, we will learn what is FileSystem and how a copy can be performed between two File Systems.

The “Default File System” is the one in which windows organizes the file in Directory Tree structure. In our example we are going to create New file system for “Zip Cabinet Achieve” and then we will be coping the file from Default File System to Zip File System. OK. We will get more picture when we are progressing through the Example.

2. Creating Zip file using Java

Before we move into the Example, import the required packages. The package inclusion is given below:

import java.nio.file.*;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;

Now look at the code example given below which creates a zip file and places that in the applications working directory. In this case, we will be creating a zip file in the same file location where this java program exists.

Creating an Empty Zip file in Java
Creating an Empty Zip file in Java | Source

2.1 Creating ZIP Properties Using Java Map

In the above code, first, we are creating the Java Map class instance called zipSysProps (Marked as 1). A Map is a "Key Value Pair" and value can be retrieved when a key is given. In our case, the Map zipSysProps populated with only one key pair by calling the "put() method" of the Map class. The key is “create” and the value is “true”. The Map that we created will acts as Zip File property which is required while we make a call to the Zip creation API.

2.2 Unique Resource Identifier (URI) Zip

OK. Zip property is ready. Where do we want to create the Zip file? What is the name of the file? This information can be given to Zip creation API through the URI instance. An URI is “Unique Resource Identifier” which is widely used in java to locate the resource. A resource can be a Web URL, A Network Socket, A Remote Java Object etc. In our case, the resource is a Zip file. The path to our zip file is retrieved by making call to the “get()” method of the “Paths” factory class. This get method returns “WindowsPath” object (Represented internally by java) and it is stored in the Path interface. Note that the path includes the Zip file name as well which is passed as parameter to the get() method (Marked as 2). Once we have path to ZIP File, we are creating the URI object and storing that in zip_uri (Marked as 3). The first parameter to the URI constructor defines the URI type. In our case, it is Zip Content (jar scheme) and the second parameter tells path to the Zip location.

2.3 Creating Java Zip File System by making use of URI

The zip in java acts as a separate file system called “Zip File System” and it can have its own directory structure in it. Using the “FileSystems” factory class, we are making call to the “newFileSystem()” method to create the Zip file. The first parameter is URI which tells Zip File location in “Windows File System” and second parameter is the property of the Zip passed as Map. The property asks to create the Zip file in the path specified by the URI. The method return is stored in the FileSystem reference ZipFileSystem which we can use later to add the files to it.

If you run the program at this stage, you will get an empty Zip file in the folder in which the Main class resides.

3. Adding Files to Zip Content in Java

In the previous section, we created our Zip file. But, the zip file does not have anything in it. Now, let us place two text files inside the already create Zip content. The text file creation is not done through java code. So, create two text files named SampleDoc-01.txt and SampleDoc-02.txt. Add some text contents in both the files and save both. Now, have a look at the below code:

Adding Files to Zip File System of Java
Adding Files to Zip File System of Java | Source

3.1 Prepare Source Of ZIP Copy - Windows File System

The two text files that we created are in the Windows File System. The path of these files in the Windows File Systems is retrieved by making call to the Factory method “Paths.get()”. Now, we have source location of these files in the Path references called Source1 and Source2 (Marked as 1).

Each for these file will have particular location in side the Zip file

3.2 Prepare Destination Of ZIP Copy - Zip File System

Note that we already created the Zip File (instance of FileSystem) and stored that in the reference called ZipFileSystem. Using that reference, we are getting path for the text files inside the Zip File by calling the "getPath() method". Now, we have both source and destination locations (Marked as 2). Source location is path of the Text File in the Windows File System and destination is also path but in Zip File System.

3.3 Copy Files from Windows File System to ZIP File System

Once, source and destination are defined, we making call to the "Files.Copy()" method to add content to the zip file. The “StandardCopyOption.REPLACE_EXISTING” constant option passed to the copy method will replace the already existing file (Marked as 3). The ZipFileSystem is closed at the end (Marked as 4).

4. Complete Code Example

Below is the complete code example:

//Sample 01: Package inclusion
        import java.nio.file.*;
        import java.util.HashMap;
        import java.util.Map;

public class Main {
    public static void main(String[] args){
            //1.0 Create properties for Zip file creation
            Map<String, String> zipSysProps = new HashMap<>();
            zipSysProps.put("create", "true");

            //2.0 Form the URI for the Zip File
            Path zip_path = Paths.get("");
            URI zip_uri = new URI("jar:file",

            //3.0 Create the Zip file specified by the URI
            FileSystem ZipFileSystem =
            System.out.println("Zip File Created: " +
                    ZipFileSystem.toString() );

            //4.0 Get the Path of Source and 
            // Destination file and Add to Zip
            //4.1 Create the Source locations
            Path Source1 = Paths.get("SampleDoc-01.txt");
            Path Source2 = Paths.get("SampleDoc-02.txt");

            //4.2 Create Destination location in Zip
            Path Dest1 = ZipFileSystem.getPath(
            Path Dest2 = ZipFileSystem.getPath(

            //4.3 Copy the Source to Destination
            // (Place File one by one)
            System.out.println("File Added to Zip:" + Dest1 );
            System.out.println("File Added to Zip:" + Dest2 );

        catch(URISyntaxException Ex)
            System.out.println("URISyntaxException: "
                    + Ex.getMessage());
        catch (IOException Ex)
            System.out.println("IO Exception: "
                    + Ex.getMessage());


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