I have uploaded a .zip archive into Google Drive. I have shared this .zip archive and I want to maintain the same link.

Can I add another file inside this .zip archive in Google Drive without uploading a new version of the .zip archive?

  • I do not think that it is possible. I tried this on my computer and all it did when I added a file to the pre-existing zip folder, it created another zip folder with the same name that had the new file in it. So in shorter words, NO. I hope that helps, -Adam
    – ak11234
    Jun 4, 2013 at 22:22
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    @ak11234: Google Drive now save files of the same name as new versions. Oct 22, 2017 at 23:56

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Yes, I just had success in doing this:

  1. Download the ZIP file from Drive (or COPY it out of the Drive folder on your desktop) and decompress it into a folder.
  2. Add the new file or update an existing file in the folder.
  3. Compress the folder back into a ZIP file of the SAME name as downloaded.
  4. Copy the newly created ZIP file BACK to the same location in your Google Drive folder and select Yes to any overwrite question messages.

This will overwrite the existing file and thus maintain the same file ID and thus sharing links is preserved!

  • If you re-upload does it upload the whole file again or only the updated parts hmm.. say my zip is 1gb
    – CodeGuru
    Feb 14, 2019 at 17:11
  • Thank you!!, your answer really saved me :)
    – mss
    Jan 28, 2021 at 13:55
  • This solution was a bit risky for me! I use this one: youtube.com/watch?v=PIm7o2DQ0jE Oct 15, 2023 at 19:17

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