How to update one file inside zip file? [duplicate]

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How to update one file inside zip file? [duplicate]

I have this zip file structure.

zipfile name =

filename>    images>

I want to update just index.html. I tried to update index.html, but then it contains only index.html file in file and other files are removed.

This is the code which I tried:

import zipfile

msg = 'This data did not exist in a file before being added to the ZIP file'
zf = zipfile.ZipFile('', 
    zf.writestr('index.html', msg)

So how can I update only index.html file using Python?

Answer #1:

Updating a file in a ZIP is not supported. You need to rebuild a new archive without the file, then add the updated version.

import os
import zipfile
import tempfile

def updateZip(zipname, filename, data):
    # generate a temp file
    tmpfd, tmpname = tempfile.mkstemp(dir=os.path.dirname(zipname))

    # create a temp copy of the archive without filename            
    with zipfile.ZipFile(zipname, 'r') as zin:
        with zipfile.ZipFile(tmpname, 'w') as zout:
            zout.comment = zin.comment # preserve the comment
            for item in zin.infolist():
                if item.filename != filename:

    # replace with the temp archive
    os.rename(tmpname, zipname)

    # now add filename with its new data
    with zipfile.ZipFile(zipname, mode='a', compression=zipfile.ZIP_DEFLATED) as zf:
        zf.writestr(filename, data)

msg = 'This data did not exist in a file before being added to the ZIP file'
updateZip('', 'index.html', msg)

Note that you need contextlib with Python 2.6 and earlier, since ZipFile is also a context manager only since 2.7.

You might want to check if your file actually exists in the archive to avoid an useless archive rebuild.

Answered By: sebdelsol

Answer #2:

It is not possible to update an existing file.
You will need to read the file you want to edit and create a new archive including the file that you edited and the other files that were originally present in the original archive.

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