When I extract some file (mp3) with japanese or korean characters within its filename on Windows, they appear normally, but when I extract it on Linux (Ubuntu/Mint) they appear as something like this

03 ‘²‹Æ

The question is:

  1. How to fix those already extracted files?
  2. How to fix the id3 tags also when I don't know what's the correct text/characters?
  3. How to make extraction defaults as Windows' character encoding?
  • 5
    use p7zip: it will safely convert encodings. To fix tags you can use mid3iconv.
    – Eddy_Em
    Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 6:04
  • 1
    Re (3): The filenames in Linux are just strings of bytes, the encoding your account shows them in is presumably UTF-8 (haven't seen anything else for some time). Also, the Zip format does handle UTF-8, presumably the original filenames where something else...
    – vonbrand
    Commented Apr 3, 2013 at 13:46

3 Answers 3


1- you can use convmv -f xxx -t yyy --notest . in your folder contains those already extracted files/folders. xxx means your Windows encoding, gbk and so on; yyy is your Linux encoding, utf8 and so on.

3- you can use file-roller(Ark is not supported), uninstall unzip package and install p7zip-full packages.

  • No need to uninstall unzip or install file-roller if you install p7zip, just use 7z directly
    – ndemou
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 10:26

This is because vanilla p7zip can not select proper code page for archives created by Windows. I made a patch for p7zip fixing this issue. You may install patched p7zip with proper code page selection code from here:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:alkisg/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install p7zip p7zip-full

Discussion: https://github.com/mate-desktop/engrampa/issues/5


This issue with zips has been fixed in the most recent far2l file and archive manager. For zip legacy charset detection by far2l to work properly, your system language setting should match the one set on the system where the archive was created (Windows' internal "zip folders" tool uses just the same logic). Also you can do

LANG=ja_JP.UTF-8 far2l

for Japanese or

LANG=ko_KR.UTF-8 far2l

for Korean

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