How To Install 7Zip on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Install 7Zip on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install 7Zip on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, The 7Zip is open-source software available to compress and decompress files and folders into various formats. A 7Zip archive file usually ends in .7z extension.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the 7-Zip File Archiver on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 20.04, 18.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint or elementary OS.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install 7Zip on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt commands in the terminal.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Wine.

Now we run the command below to install Wine on the Ubuntu system:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

Then, download the Wine package repository and add the repository key:

wget -qO - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-add-repository 'deb focal main'

Now that the repository is added, run the commands to install it:

sudo apt update 
sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-stable

Step 3. Installing 7Zip on Ubuntu 20.04.

  • Install 7Zip using Wine.

Now we download the 7-Zip package from its official site. (Download the 32-bit version for 32-bit systems and the 64-bit version for 64-bit systems). Next, open your terminal and browse to the Downloads folder and execute the installer:

cd ~/Downloads
wine 7z2101-x64.exe

Then, follow the instructions of the installation wizard and continue:

Install 7Zip on Ubuntu 20.04

  • Install 7Zip using the command line.

The p7zip package is already available in the standard Ubuntu repository. Run the following command to install it:

sudo apt install p7zip-full

Usage 7Zip:

Create .7z file from multiple files and folders:

7z a file.7z file1.txt folder file2.jpg file{4..9}.jpg

Create .zip file:

7z a file1.png file2.txt

Extract file with full paths:

7z x file.7z

Add files/Update archive file:

7z u file.7z file1.txt folder/

Congratulations! You have successfully installed 7-Zip. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the 7-Zip File Archiver on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official 7-Zip website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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