Yes, the Python module 'zipfile' can handle an archive of files. This snippet shows you how to pack a PKZIP format zip file with several files and then unpack these archived files to individual files again.
# pack/archive files into a zip file (PKZIP format) # test it, show information, then unpack the zip file # tested with Python24 vegaseat 21jan2007 import zipfile str1 = "We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops." str2 = "I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back." str3 = "She got a mudpack, looked good for a while, then the mud fell off." # write test file 1 fout = open("ZipTest1.txt", "w") fout.write(str1) fout.close() # write test file 2 fout = open("ZipTest2.txt", "w") fout.write(str2) fout.close() # write test file 3 fout = open("ZipTest3.txt", "w") fout.write(str3) fout.close() archive_list = ["ZipTest1.txt", "ZipTest2.txt", "ZipTest3.txt"] # save the files in the archive_list into a PKZIP format .zip file zfilename = "Wife101.zip" zout = zipfile.ZipFile(zfilename, "w") for fname in archive_list: zout.write(fname) zout.close() print '-'*40 # test if the file is a valid pkzip file if zipfile.is_zipfile(zfilename): print "%s is a valid pkzip file" % zfilename else: print "%s is not a valid pkzip file" % zfilename print '-'*40 # open the zipped file zfile = zipfile.ZipFile( zfilename, "r" ) # retrieve information about the zip file zfile.printdir() print '-'*40 # get each archived file and process the decompressed data for info in zfile.infolist(): fname = info.filename # decompress each file's data data = zfile.read(fname) # testing --> display file's contents if a text file if fname.endswith(".txt"): print "These are the contents of %s:" % fname print data # save the decompressed data to a new file filename = 'unzipped_' + fname fout = open(filename, "w") fout.write(data) fout.close() print "New file created --> %s" % filename print '-'*40