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About .ZIP File Format

To do word count in ZIP archives, let’s get to know a little more about this format. The ZIP file format is the most widely-used compressed file format in the IBM PC world.

The format was designed by Phil Katz for PKZIP, and in the form now used (PKZIP 2 format) it uses his DEFLATE algorithm for compression.


Today, ZIP files use the file extension “.zip” and have the MIME media type application/zip. A ZIP file contains one or more files that are compressed or stored.

Many software utilities other than PKZIP itself are now available to create, modify or open zip files, notably WinZip, PicoZip, Info-ZIP, WinRAR and 7-Zip.


WinZip Home Page
7-Zip Home Page
WinRAR Home Page

Word, Character, Line Counts for ZIP files

AnyCount can do “on the fly” extraction and counting of files from .ZIP archives, including archives protected with password.

Therefore, if you would like to calculate word counts of files in the archive (e.g., which you have just received from client), you do not need to extract them first. Just add archive to AnyCount as you usually add individual files and AnyCount will do the rest.

Word count in ZIP archive files

When counting of .ZIP files is completed, you can:

  • view count results on the screen;
  • print count results;
  • export count results to .HTML, .DOCX, or .PDF formats.
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