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File Manager - How to Compress Files into an Archive (GZip)


This article is part of our File Manager tutorial series. Please see the links below if you are looking for a different explanation of the File Manager.



A compressed file (archive) is a file that contains several other files or folders which have been written in a format that takes up less space. This is helpful when you want to back files or folders up to a local machine. GZip is an application for compressing files on Linux systems. GZip is already implemented on our servers and will allow you to compress and extract files from the file manager. This is not the same as mod_gzip.

Compressing Files into an Archive using GZip

  1. Log in to your Bluehost control panel.
  2. Locate the File Manager tool under the Files category.
    Note: If using the Bluerock interface, click the Advanced tab to find the "Files" category.
  3. Navigate to the folder which contains the files or folders you want to compress.
  4. Select the files or folders you want to compress (Hold control to select multiple items or hold shift to select a group of items).
  5. With the appropriate files and folders selected, click the Compress icon from the top Toolbar. Alternatively, you can right-click on the selected files and click on Compress from the drop-down menu as pictured below.

  6. A dialogue box will appear asking which compress type you prefer. After choosing your preferred compression, click the Compress File(s) button. We recommend using GZip as it has the best data compression ratio and compression times.

You will now have a GZip(.gz), Zip(.zip), or Bzip2(.bz2) compressed file of the items you selected. For more information on how to extract this or other compressed files, please see our Extracting Files from an Archive article.

For more information on compressing and extracting files through CLI (Command-Line Interface) instead of the File Manager, please see our Compress/Decompress files via CLI (Command-Line Interface) article.