Options of Zip files Action

Zip Files Action supports various file compression levels. While better compression produces smaller files, it also takes longer time to complete. Faster compression produces larger files (saving less space). Choose among available compression levels to tailor the Task to your particular needs, depending on whether they are more time or space oriented.

To keep your zip files safe from unauthorized access, Zip Files Action employs the strongest security measures. Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) is adopted by U.S. Government's National Institute of Standards (NIST). AES 128-bit and 256-bit keys are among the safest for encrypting sensitive data. AES 256-bit key is stronger, while compression with 128-bit key takes slightly less time. For less sensitive data a legacy format of PKZIP can be used. PKZIP is more compatible with other compression software, but not up to modern standards of secure encryption.

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Compression levelCompression levels are supported only by Zip and Gzip archive formats. Compression level can not be chosen for Bzip2 format, while the Tar format only stores files without compression. Choose among the various compression levels to give a preference either to speed of compression or size of the archive file:
  • Maximum - takes the most time to compress and results in the smallest possible archive file size.
  • Normal - takes reasonably long to produce reasonably small archives.
  • Fastest - the quickest method takes less time to compress files into the archive.
  • None (store) - just stores the files into archive without compressing it. Good for files that are already compressed (e.g., mp3, jpg, other archive files).
File encryptionFile encryption is supported only for Zip archive format. Choose the encryption method:
  • AES-256 - the most secure 256-bit encryption key.
  • AES-128 - very secure 128-bit encryption key.
  • PKZIP - insecure legacy standard supported by most programs that can read encrypted zip archive files.
  • None - the files are compressed without encryption.
PasswordSpecify the archive password which will be required when extracting the compressed files. For sensitive data long passwords are recommended with special symbols used along the alphanumerical characters of both uppercase and lowercase.
Mask passwordWhen checked, masks the password input. However, in masked mode the password input do not support entering dynamic Variable Wizard values.
Include subfoldersSpecifies that not only files in specified folder will be compressed, but also those located in its subfolders.
This Action is enabledRemove the checkmark to temporarily disable Zip File Action.
Variable WizardVariable WizardUse Variable Wizard for advanced input, such as, take parameter from file, associated Trigger or other Action, etc.
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