How to UnZIP Password Protected ZIP File

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

Most of us prefer to password protect ZIP file to make it impossible for unauthorized persons to access your files. However, in case you forgot your password or you have to access files but have no password, is there any way that can unzip the password protected ZIP file? The good news is that you don't need to worry about a password getting in your way. There are quite a number of you can use to accomplishing your goals. Let's check them out.

Part 1: Unzip Encrypted ZIP File with Password

To unzip an encrypted ZIP file with a password is pretty straight forward provided that you can remember the password. Here are the three ways you can do this:

1. Using WinRAR 

Step 1: Select the ZIP file location in WinRAR on the drop-down address box list. Select the ZIP file you want to unzip and then hit the "Extract To" tab in the toolbar.

choose zip file location

Step 2: Confirm the "Destination path" of the file in the "Extraction path and options" screen and then hit "OK". You will be asked to enter a password. Enter the correct password and click "OK" and your file will be unzipped.

extraction path

2. With WinZip

Step 1: Click the "WinZip" tab and then select "Open (from PC/Cloud)"

open from pc

Step 2: In the window that opens up, find the Zip file you want to unzip and select it then click "Open".

open winzip file

Step 3: In the text box for the password that opens up, enter the correct password then click "Open" to unzip the file.

3. With 7ZIP

Step 1: In the 7-Zip click to open and then find the location of the file you want to extract, select it then click "Extract" and then click "OK".

open zip file

Step 2: In the password box that opens up enter the correct password then click "Ok" to unzip the file.

Part 2: Unzip Encrypted ZIP File without Password

If you forgot the password to the ZIP file or someone sent the file to you but neglected to send you the encryption password, then you will need to find a way to get around the password. Here are 3 workable methods to use to unzip an encrypted ZIP file in case you don't have the password:

Method 1. Using Passper for ZIP

The most effective and easiest way to extract password protected ZIP file is using a professional tool that is both robust in its operation and guarantees the security of your data. One such tool is Passper for ZIP. This ZIP password cracking tool is quite strong and can recover all ZIP/WinZIP/PK ZIP passwords irrespective of their complexities. It is quite fast and has a great user interface making it easy for anyone to use it. Moreover, you are guaranteed that your data will not be lost during the process.

To use Passper for ZIP to unzip a password encrypted zip file, follow these steps:

Head to the Passper for ZIP official page and download, install and launch the Passper for Zip tool on your computer.

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Step 1: On the Passper for ZIP window click "Add" to add the encrypted zip file that you want to crack. Next, select the mode of attack for cracking the password then click "Next" to start the process.

select attack mode

Step 2: The tool will start working to retrieve your password immediately. This may take some time depending on how complex the password used on the file is. Once the password has been retrieved, it will be shown in a pop-up screen. Copy it and use it to unzip your password encrypted ZIP file using one of the methods described above.

password recovered

Within 2 steps, you can get back locked ZIP password and then you can use this password to unzip password protected ZIP file.

Below is the video guide of Passper for ZIP, check it out and learn how to use it more clearly.

Method 2. UnZIP ZIP Password Online

Another popular way you can try to unzip ZIP password is using an online tool like Crackzipraronline. This online ZIP password unlocker works efficiently in some cases if you are recovering weak passwords. Now, let us now have a look at a step by step guide on how to achieve it using Crackzipraronline.

Step 1. First, enter your email address, then click on "Select file" to upload ZIP password file or simply drag the target file online. After that, tick the"I accept the Service and Confidential Agreement" and hit the "Submit" button to start uploading your selected file.

Step 2. Once your file being successfully uploaded, you will be given a TaskID, please keep it well. This ID is used to track the password recovery progress, this tool will start to crack ZIP password. Then click on "Start recover" to proceed.


Step 3: Just wait for the password being cracked. And you can check recovery progress with the TaskID any time. The recovery time depends on the length and complexity of your password.

track password

Please note that almost all online tools present a security threat especially if you want to unzip a file that contains important private data, ss you upload your file over the Internet to their servers, this will put your data at risk of being leaked out and hacked. Therefore, for data security, we don't recommend you to try online tools.

Method 3. UnZIP Encrypted ZIP File with CMD

Another method to unzip an encrypted ZIP file when you have no password is the Command Prompt. With this method, you don't have to expose your private information to a security risk by using an online tool or even a downloadable tool. All the resources you need are already present on your computer. To use the CMD line tool to unzip an encrypted ZIP file follow these steps:

To begin with, download the John the Ripper Zip file onto your computer and then extract it to your desktop and rename the folder as "John".

Step 1: Now open the "John" folder and then click to open the folder named "run" then create a new fold there and name it "Crack".

john folder

Step 2: Copy the password encrypted ZIP file that you want to crack and paste it in this new folder that you have named "Crack".

copy and paste zip file

Step 3: Now, go back to your desktop then run the "Command Prompt" then key in the command "cd desktop/john/run" then click "Enter".

run the command

Step 4: Now, Create a password Harsh by typing in the command "zip2john.exe crack/>crack/key.txt" then click "Enter". Remember to insert the name of the file you want to crack in the above command in place of the phrase " YourFileName".

key txt

Step 5: Finally key in the command "john –format=zip crack/key.txt" and then hit "Enter" to bypass the password. Now you can unzip your folder without the need for a password.


If you forget the password or someone sends an encrypted ZIP file and is not available to provide the password then you need to find a way to bypass the password. The most recommended methods for doing this is using the Passper for ZIP tool to recover the password or using the CMD line tool to bypass the password.

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By Adams Johnson to ZIP

Posted on Aug 09, 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.