Friday, October 26, 2012

Simple Java Program to Write to a Zip File.

This Program takes a Zip file Directory and a Zip file name as Input.
'writeAsZip()' method writes an Array of Bytes as a Zip Entry to the Zip file.
Suppose a zip file 'D:\\test\\' is has two constituents, namely : 'a.txt' and 'b.png'
This zip File is read and contents stored in a hashMap by 'ZipFileReader'.The size of hashmap is now 2, containing bytes[] of a.txt and b.png

'write()' method takes bytes[] array and name of the file entry to be written to t he Zip file.

Each entry is closed by calling ZipOutputStream#closeEntry() method. Once closeEntry() is called , ZipOutputStream is ready for addition of a new Zip Entry.

Finally ZipOutpurStream#close() method is called. This method finally closes the stream
If the program misses to call 'close()' then a fautly zip file is written to the file system, that is corrupt and perhaps cannot be used. ZipOutpurStream#close() adds the required stream terminating characters.


public class ZipFileWriter {

    private String zipDir;
    private String zipFilename; // ends in .zip
    private static String FS = System.getProperty("file.separator" );
    public ZipFileWriter( String zipDir, String zipFilename ) {
        this.zipDir = zipDir;
        this.zipFilename = zipFilename;
     * @return
     * @throws IOException
    public void writeAsZip( byte[] bytesRead, String fileEntry ) throws IOException {

        String absoluteZipFIleName = zipDir + FS + zipFilename;
        ZipOutputStream zos = new ZipOutputStream(new FileOutputStream(absoluteZipFIleName));
        ZipEntry entry = new ZipEntry( fileEntry );
        zos.putNextEntry( entry );
    public void writeAsText( String filename, byte[] bytesRead ) throws IOException{
        FileOutputStream fos = new FileOutputStream( new File( zipDir +  FS + filename ));
        fos.write( bytesRead );

 public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
     String FS = System.getProperty("file.separator" );
      String zipDirRead = "D:\\test";
      String zipDirWrite = "D:\\test\\out";
      String zipFilename = "";
      File zipFile = new File ( zipDirRead + FS + zipFilename );
      ZipFileReader reader = new ZipFileReader( zipFile );
      Map map =;
      ZipFileWriter writer = new ZipFileWriter(zipDirWrite, zipFilename);
      Set set = map.keySet();
      Iterator iter = set.iterator();
      while ( iter.hasNext() ) {
         String key =;
          System.out.println("Writing file Entry :" + key );
          byte[] bytesread = map.get(key);
          writer.writeAsZip( bytesread, key );
          writer.writeAsText( key, bytesread );

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