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How to Zip File in C# With Password

Updated March 7, 2024
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ZIP files are widely used for compressing and archiving data, making it easier to transfer and store large sets of files. However, there are scenarios where additional security is essential, leading to the importance of password-protected zip files. Password protection ensures that only authorized individuals can access and extract the contents of the ZIP archive, adding an extra layer of security to sensitive data.

In this article, we will explore how to create a password-protected ZIP file using C# and the IronZIP library. IronZIP is a powerful C# ZIP archive library that simplifies the process of working with ZIP files in .NET applications.

How to Create a (C#) ZIP File with Password Protection

  1. Create a C# project in Visual Studio
  2. Install IronZIP Library from NuGet Package Manager
  3. Create an empty ZIP archive object using IronZipArchive Class
  4. Add password protection using the Encrypt method
  5. Add files to the archive object using the Add method
  6. Export the ZIP archive using the SaveAs method

Introduction to IronZIP Library

How to Zip File in C# With Password: Figure 1 - IronZIP webpage

IronZIP is a leading C# ZIP archive library designed for creating, reading, and extracting archives in .NET. It offers a user-friendly API that allows developers to easily incorporate archive management functionality into their .NET projects. With support for various archive formats, including ZIP, TAR, GZIP, and BZIP2, IronZIP provides a comprehensive solution for handling zip files with ease.

Detailed Features of IronZIP

Compatibility

  • Supports .NET 8, 7, 6, 5, Core, Standard, and Framework.
  • Compatible with C#, VB.NET, and F# languages.
  • Cross-platform support for Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS, Android, Docker, Azure, and AWS.
  • Integration with popular IDEs like Microsoft Visual Studio and JetBrains ReSharper & Rider.

Archive Generation and Editing

  • Supports ZIP, TAR, GZIP, and BZIP2 archive formats.
  • Create, import, and export ZIP files.
  • Password protection for ZIP files using traditional, AES128, or AES256 encryption settings.
  • Custom compression with 9 levels. Provides the best reduction in size.
  • Manage file entries within archives, including adding, extracting, and deleting.

Installation

  • Quick and easy installation via NuGet Package Manager or Package Manager Console.
  • Integration with DigiCert Signed Binaries for secure binary certification.

Steps to Create a C# Console Project in Visual Studio

Let's walk through the steps to create a C# console project in Visual Studio and use IronZIP to password-protect a zip file.

  1. Open Visual Studio.
  2. Create a new C# Console Application project.
  3. Name your project and choose a location.

    How to Zip File in C# With Password: Figure 2 - Configuring the project name and location

  4. From Additional Information, select the latest version of the .NET Framework. IronZIP supports the latest 8.0 .NET Framework.
  5. Click "Create" to generate the project.

Installing IronZIP

To use IronZIP in your project, you need to install the library. You can do this using either the NuGet Package Manager or the Package Manager Console.

Using NuGet Package Manager

  1. Right-click on your project in Solution Explorer.
  2. Select "Manage NuGet Packages..."
  3. Search for "IronZip" and click "Install."

How to Zip File in C# With Password: Figure 3 - Installing IronZIP with the NuGet Package Manager

Using Package Manager Console

  1. Open the Package Manager Console.
  2. Run the following command:

    Install-Package IronZip

Steps to Password Protect a Zip File

Now that IronZIP is installed, you can proceed to password-protect a zip file using the library.

Importing Required Libraries

using IronZip;
using IronZip.Enum;
using IronZip;
using IronZip.Enum;
Imports IronZip
Imports IronZip.Enum
VB   C#

These lines import the necessary namespaces from the IronZIP library. IronZIP contains the main classes and functionality, while IronZip.Enum includes enums used in the library.

Main Program Class

class Program
{
    static void Main()
    {
        // Code goes here
    }
}
class Program
{
    static void Main()
    {
        // Code goes here
    }
}
Friend Class Program
	Shared Sub Main()
		' Code goes here
	End Sub
End Class
VB   C#

This is the main class of the program with the Main method where the code execution begins.

Creating an Empty ZIP Archive

using (var archive = new IronZipArchive(9)) 
{ 
     // Code within the 'using' block 
}
using (var archive = new IronZipArchive(9)) 
{ 
     // Code within the 'using' block 
}
Using archive = New IronZipArchive(9)
	 ' Code within the 'using' block 
End Using
VB   C#

The using statement ensures that the IronZipArchive object is disposed of properly after its use. It creates a new instance of IronZipArchive with the highest compression level (9).

Password Protecting the ZIP Archive

The following single line of code adds password protection to the ZIPArchive archive file:

archive.Encrypt("P@ssw0rd", EncryptionMethods.Traditional);
archive.Encrypt("P@ssw0rd", EncryptionMethods.Traditional);
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VB   C#

The Encrypt method is called on the archive object to password-protect the ZIP file. It takes two parameters: the password string ("P@ssw0rd") and the encryption method (EncryptionMethods.Traditional).

IronZIP also provides AES128 and AES256 advanced password protection which is not easy to break and prevents manipulating ZIP files.

Adding Files to the ZIP Archive

archive.Add("./assets/file1.txt"); archive.Add("./assets/image1.png");
archive.Add("./assets/file1.txt"); archive.Add("./assets/image1.png");
archive.Add("./assets/file1.txt")
archive.Add("./assets/image1.png")
VB   C#

The Add method is used to add files to the ZIP archive. In this example, one text file and one image file (file1.txt and image1.png) located in the "./assets/" directory are added to the archive.

These are the files to be added:

How to Zip File in C# With Password: Figure 4 - Hold the added files look in the ZIP file

Exporting the ZIP Archive

archive.SaveAs("output.zip");
archive.SaveAs("output.zip");
archive.SaveAs("output.zip")
VB   C#

The SaveAs method is called to export the ZIP archive. It specifies the output filename as "output.zip". This creates the password-protected ZIP file with the specified content and password.

Visit the code examples page to learn more about how to create, read, extract, and perform other ZIP file-related operations in C# using IronZIP.

Here's the complete source code with separated string path to files and password property for better control:

using IronZip;
using IronZip.Enum;
class Program
{
    static void Main()
    {
    string password = "P@ssw0rd";
    string filename = "./assets/file1.txt";
    string imagename = "./assets/image1.png";
        // Create an empty new ZIPArchive with the highest compression
        using (var archive = new IronZipArchive(9))
        {
            // Add Password to protect the ZIP (Support AES128 & AES256)
            archive.Encrypt(password, EncryptionMethods.Traditional);
            archive.Add(filename);
            archive.Add(imagename);
            // Export the Encrypted ZIP file archive
            archive.SaveAs("output.zip");
        }
    }
}
using IronZip;
using IronZip.Enum;
class Program
{
    static void Main()
    {
    string password = "P@ssw0rd";
    string filename = "./assets/file1.txt";
    string imagename = "./assets/image1.png";
        // Create an empty new ZIPArchive with the highest compression
        using (var archive = new IronZipArchive(9))
        {
            // Add Password to protect the ZIP (Support AES128 & AES256)
            archive.Encrypt(password, EncryptionMethods.Traditional);
            archive.Add(filename);
            archive.Add(imagename);
            // Export the Encrypted ZIP file archive
            archive.SaveAs("output.zip");
        }
    }
}
Imports IronZip
Imports IronZip.Enum
Friend Class Program
	Shared Sub Main()
	Dim password As String = "P@ssw0rd"
	Dim filename As String = "./assets/file1.txt"
	Dim imagename As String = "./assets/image1.png"
		' Create an empty new ZIPArchive with the highest compression
		Using archive = New IronZipArchive(9)
			' Add Password to protect the ZIP (Support AES128 & AES256)
			archive.Encrypt(password, EncryptionMethods.Traditional)
			archive.Add(filename)
			archive.Add(imagename)
			' Export the Encrypted ZIP file archive
			archive.SaveAs("output.zip")
		End Using
	End Sub
End Class
VB   C#

Output

After running the program, you will have a password-protected single file named "output.zip" in your project directory, containing the specified files.

How to Zip File in C# With Password: Figure 5 - Password protected ZIP file popup asking for a password

Conclusion

In this article, we explored the importance of password-protected ZIP files and introduced the IronZIP library as a powerful solution for handling ZIP archives in C# projects. We covered the detailed features of IronZIP, including compatibility, archive generation, editing capabilities, and easy installation steps. The library supports traditional and advanced encryption methods to protect the files from tempering. Finally, we walked through the steps to create a C# console project in Visual Studio, install IronZIP, and password-protect a ZIP file.

IronZIP simplifies the process of working with ZIP files in C# applications, providing developers with a robust toolset for archive management and security. Incorporating IronZIP into your projects allows you to enhance data protection when dealing with sensitive information in ZIP archives. For more detailed information on IronZIP and its capabilities, please visit the official documentation page.

IronZIP offers a free trial for prolonged usage. Its lite package starts from $599.

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