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streamzip - create a zip file from stdin


producer | streamzip [opts] | consumer
producer | streamzip [opts]


This program will read data from stdin, compress it into a zip container and, by default, write a streamed zip file to stdout. No temporary files are created.

The zip container written to stdout is, by necessity, written in streaming format. Most programs that read Zip files can cope with a streamed zip file, but if interoperability is important, and your workflow allows you to write the zip file directly to disk you can create a non-streamed zip file using the zipfile option.



Create a Zip64-compliant zip container. Use this option if the input is greater than 4Gig.

Default is disabled.


Write zip container to the filename F.

Use the Stream option to force the creation of a streamed zip file.


This option is used to name the "file" in the zip container.

Default is '-'.


Ignored when writing to stdout.

If the zipfile option is specified, including this option will trigger the creation of a streamed zip file.

Default: Always enabled when writing to stdout, otherwise disabled.


Compress using method M.

Valid method names are

* store    Store without compression
* deflate  Use Deflate compression [Deflault]
* bzip2    Use Bzip2 compression
* lzma     Use LZMA compression
* xz       Use xz compression
* zstd     Use Zstandard compression

Note that Lzma compress needs IO::Compress::Lzma to be installed.

Note that Zstd compress needs IO::Compress::Zstd to be installed.

Default is deflate.

-0, -1, -2, -3, -4, -5, -6, -7, -8, -9

Sets the compression level for deflate. Ignored for all other compression methods.

-0 means no compression and -9 for maximum compression.

Default is 6


Display version number


Display help


Create a zip file bt reading daa from stdin

$ echo Lorem ipsum dolor sit | perl ./bin/streamzip >

Check the contents of abcd,zip with the standard unzip utility

  Length      Date    Time    Name
---------  ---------- -----   ----
       22  2021-01-08 19:45   -
---------                     -------
       22                     1 file

Notice how the Name is set to -. That is the default for a few zip utilities whwre the member name is not given.

If you want to explicitly name the file, use the -member-name option as follows

$ echo Lorem ipsum dolor sit | perl ./bin/streamzip -member-name latin >

$ unzip -l
  Length      Date    Time    Name
---------  ---------- -----   ----
       22  2021-01-08 19:47   latin
---------                     -------
       22                     1 file

When to write a Streamed Zip File

A Streamed Zip File is useful in situations where you cannot seek backwards/forwards in the file.

A good examples is when you are serving dynamic content from a Web Server straight into a socket without needing to create a temporary zip file in the filesystsm.

Similarly if your workfow uses a Linux pipelined commands.


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Paul Marquess


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This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.