How to Crack ZIP Password

author_icon Adams Johnson time_icon Last updated: Oct 15, 2019 03:08 pm tips_icon ZIP

ZIP files, being a kind of popular file format for documents has helped transformed the way we exchange information across different institutions and levels. They give us an avenue to create passwords and protect our private data from being accessed by unauthorized persons. However, in the event that you forgot the password, you cannot be able to access these files. Fortunately, there are plenty of functional and easy to use solutions out there. In this article, we are going to elaborate on the best way to crack ZIP file passwords.

4 Ways to Crack ZIP Password

Here we will look at 4 ways to crack ZIP password effectively. To get started, you can check this comparison table of these 4 methods, which could help you to quickly and better make your decision.

CMD Online Service with cRARk Passper for ZIP
Can Password Be Recovered Possibly Possibly Possibly Yes
Recovery Speed Slow Medium Slow Fast
Data Leakage No data leakage Severe data leakage No data leakage No data leakage
File Size Limit No limit Large file not supported No limit No limit
Ease of Use Complicated Complicated Complicated Easy to use

Way 1. Crack ZIP Password with CMD

To crack password via CMD, you require a type of CMD Line tool referred to as John the ripper. This is an open-source tool that is available for popular OS like Windows, Linux, and MacOS. To crack the ZIP file password with CMD:

Step 1. Download John the Ripper CMD line software on your PC and unzip it once the download process is through. Now save it with a suitable name in an easily accessible folder.

download john the ripper

Step 2. Open Jon the ripper folder and hit on the run folder. Now create a new folder and give it a new name say Crack. It should be just inside the run folder.

Step 3. Copy the target password protected ZIP file and paste it inside the crack folder you just created.

paste in cracker

Step 4. Close all the folders that are currently open and now run the command prompt. Type the command "cd desktop/john/run" then click "Enter" in the cmd.

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Step 5. Again, enter the command "ZIP2john.execrack/YourFileName.ZIP>crack/Key.txt" then click “Enter". This will let you create ZIP file hashes for cracking ZIP file password. Remember the phrase your filename should be the actual name of the file you want to crack.

Step 5. Now use the password hash file you created to crack the password protected ZIP file. Simply type the command "john–format=ZIP crack/key.txt" and press "Enter" on your keyboard. Your ZIP file will be cracked and you can open it right away.

crack zip file password

Way 2. How to Crack ZIP File Password Online

If you aren’t interested in downloading a desktop ZIP file password cracker, then you should know there are plenty of powerful online ZIP password crackers. You only need to upload the target ZIP file and follow the elementary on-screen instructions in order to crack your locked ZIP file. To use this tool:

Step 1. Using your favourite browser like Chrome, navigate to Online ZIP Converter homepage.

online converter

Step 2. Hit the Choose Files tab and browse from the File Explorer window for the locked ZIP file. Upload it to the program once you locate it.

Step 3. Finally, click the Start Conversion tab at the bottom of the window and the program would immediately commence the conversion process. When the conversion is successfully completed, the converter automatically downloads the converted ZIP file such that it can be accessed without a password.

download zip file

Online ZIP password crackers are functional but the major concern is the security of the uploaded document. It is well known that uploading files on the online platform increase the risks of hacking. So, if you are dealing with more sensitive or rather private data, just try using desktop options.

Way 3. Crack ZIP File Password with cRARk

cRARk is a free yet functional and speedy ZIP recovery tools out there. It cracks password by wordlist or characters. Thanks to the powerful PCL language feature which leverages complex recovery mechanisms. This method, although useful is somehow complicated and difficult to narrow down its description.

Step 1. Download the appropriate version of ZIP password cracker from Windows users can download either of OpenCL and CUDA.

Step 2. Launch CMD then run some commands. If you are using Linux, simply open the terminal instead.

Step 3. When you run some commands as illustrated in the image below, the program will fetch you the password. The recovery time would be very much a function of the password length and complexity.

Way 4. How to Crack ZIP Password with Passper for ZIP

Passper for ZIP is a great password recovery tool for ZIP/7 ZIP/PK ZIP files with amazing capabilities. It offers up to 4 attack modes for password recovery namely Combination, Dictionary, Mask, and Brute Force Attack modes. This ensures the recovery rate whether you know the password or not. Also, this tool is pretty safe to use, your files will not be leaked out during/after password recovery with the help of Passper for ZIP. Now follow the steps below to crack the password protected ZIP file.

First of all, download and install Passper for ZIP on your computer to get started.

Free Download for Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP

Step 1: Launch the installed program, click the Add icon to import the target ZIP file. Then select an attack mode from 4 options displayed based on your situation.

Note: If you have a clue about the password, choose the Mask Attack and enter the frequently used info, like your name, your birthday, your lucky number to narrow down the result and speed up the recovery.

If you know nothing about the password, you can select Brute force attack to guess the password, but this mode will take a long time.

select attack mode

Step 2. After selecting the recovery mode, hit “Recover" and write down the displayed password once the process is complete. Use the password to unlock the decrypted ZIP file.

password recovered

Also, you can check the video guide of Passper for ZIP to learn how to use it:


The article has no doubt exhausted some of the most useful ways of solving the ZIP file password crack headaches. The ball is now on your side to be able to select the most appropriate tool for the job. However, if you looking for the most effective desktop solution go for Passper for RAR software.


By Adams Johnson to ZIP

Posted on Oct 10, 2019 ( Updated: Oct 15, 2019 )

Passper editor since 2015, has over 20 years’ professional technology support experience. He has contributed nearly 100 articles to the site on topics that ranger from password unlocking for MS office/Windows, Windows tips to network security.