Python - How to zip a directory

By xngo on June 12, 2019

In Python, the easiest way to zip a directory is to use shutil.make_archive(). It supports both zip and tar formats. Here is an example showing how to zip /tmp directory.

import shutil
# There is no need to suffix output_filename with .zip. It will be appended automatically.
shutil.make_archive(output_filename, "zip", dir_name)
shutil.make_archive("my-tmp-dir", "zip", "/tmp") # will be created.

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