Shortcuts app will Decompress Files like zip and more.

You must have Apple's Shortcuts app installed on your iOS device. Extract File☁️ is a shortcut for decompressing a file in the following formats: zip, rar, tar.gz, tar.bz2, tar, gzip, cpio, cab, and iso archives. Click on the link to save the shortcut to the Shortcuts app on your device. The files you want to decompress must be accessible via the Files app in order to use this shortcut.

Instructions

  1. Make sure you have a destination folder for the extracted files already created. Frequently when a file is decompressed it can create lots of files without a top folder to place them in which can create a mess.
  2. Open the Shortcuts app and select the Extract File☁️ shortcut.
  3. A documents view will appear (similar to when you open the Files app).
  4. Navigate to the location where you have the file you want to decompress and select it.
  5. The shortcut will extract the files.
  6. A document view will appear. Navigate to the destination folder as detailed in step one.
  7. For each additional file you want to decompress, repeat the process starting from step one.

I plan to learn more about the Shortcuts app as I believe it has the potential to automate a lot of the tasks on iOS which are currently very tedious and much easier to do on other platforms.

Comments

  • How about bulk-converting video files to audio?

  • edited January 12

    In Safari, the Download Decompress File shortcut will download a compressed file and then ask you where you want to store the extracted files. Once again, be sure to have a destination folder prepared ahead of time so it doesn’t mess up your current folder structure.

  • @InfoCheck said:
    In Safari, the Download Decompress File shortcut will download a compressed file and then ask you where you want to store the extracted files. Once again, be sure to have a destination folder prepared ahead of time so it doesn’t mess up your current folder structure.

    Very nice. You could add a Set Name step to that to let you rename it when saving.

  • Ugh... just make a normal files app already Apple... stop being so “different “ all the time. :#

  • @LucidMusicInc said:
    Ugh... just make a normal files app already Apple... stop being so “different “ all the time. :#

    The Shortcuts app isn’t just for files. It’s a scripting language which allows you to automate actions instead of having to do everything manually. The quality and comprehensive functionality is an additional issue from my point of view.

  • @LucidMusicInc said:
    Ugh... just make a normal files app already Apple... stop being so “different “ all the time. :#

    What’s a “normal” Files app?

  • @mistercharlie said:

    @LucidMusicInc said:
    Ugh... just make a normal files app already Apple... stop being so “different “ all the time. :#

    What’s a “normal” Files app?

    @mistercharlie said:

    @LucidMusicInc said:
    Ugh... just make a normal files app already Apple... stop being so “different “ all the time. :#

    What’s a “normal” Files app?

    You wouldn’t know as an IOS user...

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