How to repair corrupted and damaged zip files

Quite a few times, while trying to open a zip file, you may see a message stating that the zip file is corrupt, incomplete or damaged, and that the extraction cannot proceed. This can also happen if the download is incomplete or has got corrupted along the way.

This happen because Zip files have a well-defined structure and are therefore prone to corruptions. Even in the case of a minor corruption, the extraction tools will not be able to extract its content, since all zip tools first run a check for integrity and if they find that the CRC values of the original files of an archive do not match the extracted ones, they will not work.

Repair zip files

In this situation, I’d like to recommend two good free software that will help you to repair and extract the contents of the zip files.

The first is Repair Zip. This tool helps repair the zip structure and extract the contents of the archive. Its plus point is that it has a wizard-like interface, making zip repair and recovery very easy. You can get it here.

Repair zip files

The other isĀ  Zip2Fix. This tool extracts the undamaged files from a damaged ZIP archive. The good files are extracted into a new ZIP file. It also worked with SFX Zip files.

Zip2Fix creates a new zip file with the same file name suffixed with containing all the undamaged files.After the recovery is complete, you can check the log window for more details on what has been recovered and what, not. Download this free software here.

If you know of any other good free zip recovery tools, please do share here.

You might also want to check out File Repair which lets you repair corrupt Word, Compressed Image, Video, Music. PDF files easily on your Windows computer.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. williamb

    IZArc has always been able to do this. No need for separate utilities.

  2. Charlie

    Depends on whether the corruption is too serious or not, it could be recovered with some tools. E.g.

  3. MN Samuels

    I had recovered files corrupted due to various scenarios but
    never mended corrupt zip files. But now using this specially designed software
    named Remo Repair Zip, the files got repaired and are working perfect.

  4. Here are some other free zip repair software:
    Object Fix Zip –
    Haozip –

    Among all these free zip repair software, Zip2Fix is a great tool.

    There are some powerful shareware also like Stellar Phoenix Zip Repair that can help you in emergency where freeware fail to fix.

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