Extract Files task

Azure DevOps Services | Azure DevOps Server 2022 - Azure DevOps Server 2019 | TFS 2018

Use this task to extract files from archives to a target folder using match patterns. A range of standard archive formats is supported, including .zip, .jar, .war, .ear, .tar, .7z, and more.



YAML snippet

# Extract files
# Extract a variety of archive and compression files such as .7z, .rar, .tar.gz, and .zip
- task: ExtractFiles@1
    #archiveFilePatterns: '**/*.zip' 
    #cleanDestinationFolder: true 
    #overwriteExistingFiles: false


Argument Description
Archive file patterns

Patterns to match the archives you want to extract. By default, patterns start in the root folder of the repo (same as if you had specified $(Build.SourcesDirectory)).

Specify pattern filters, one per line, that match the archives to extract. For example:

  • test.zip extracts the test.zip file in the root folder.
  • test/*.zip extracts all .zip files in the test folder.
  • **/*.tar extracts all .tar files in the root folder and sub-folders.
  • **/bin/*.7z extracts all ''.7z'' files in any sub-folder named bin.

The pattern is used to match only archive file paths, not folder paths, and not archive contents to be extracted. So you should specify patterns such as **/bin/** instead of **/bin.

Default value: **/*.zip

Destination folder Folder where the archives will be extracted. The default file path is relative to the root folder of the repo (same as if you had specified $(Build.SourcesDirectory)).
Clean destination folder before extracting

Select this check box to delete all existing files in the destination folder before beginning to extract archives.

Default value: true

Overwrite files in the destination directory

Select this option to overwrite files in the output directory if they already exist. If the option is false, the script prompts on existing files, asking whether you want to overwrite them.

Default value: false

Path to 7z utility (Optional) You can specify custom path to 7z utility using this option. If it's not specified on Windows - default 7zip version supplied with a task will be used.

Task control options


Extract all .zip files recursively

This example will extract all .zip files recursively, including both root files and files from sub-folders

- task: ExtractFiles@1
    archiveFilePatterns: '**/*.zip'
    cleanDestinationFolder: true
    overwriteExistingFiles: false

Extract all .zip files from subfolder

This example will extract test/one.zip, test/two.zip but will leave test/nested/three.zip.

- task: ExtractFiles@1
    archiveFilePatterns: 'test/*.zip'
    cleanDestinationFolder: true
    overwriteExistingFiles: false

Open source

This task is open source on GitHub. Feedback and contributions are welcome.


Where can I learn more about file matching patterns?

File matching patterns reference

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