Create .ZIPs from multiple folders

There we go with yet another exercise in Python :-)

The idea here is to archive several folders, having each folder in a ZIP file. So if you have two folders, A and B, you end up with and

No doubt this can be done with shell programming (and it will be much better since this solution doesn't provide support for recursion) but this is intended as a way of improving my python skills, so no moaning about the choice of language here! ;-)

And here is the little script:

import os
import sys
import zipfile

if len(sys.argv) > 1:
    folder = sys.argv[1]
    folder = '.'

for item in os.listdir(folder):

    full_path = os.path.join(folder, item)

    if not os.path.isdir(full_path):

    dst_filename = item + '.zip'

    dst_item = os.path.join(folder, dst_filename)

    if os.path.exists(dst_item) and os.path.getsize(dst_item) > 0:

    output_file = zipfile.ZipFile(dst_item, "w", zipfile.ZIP_DEFLATED)

    for item_file in os.listdir(full_path):
        output_file.write(os.path.join(full_path, item_file), item_file)


You can download it from my snippets repository, and then execute it with

python name_of_folder_to_process

Maybe changing the way I do the imports would help, so instead of doing import os and then using os.listdir, I would write from os import listdir and then simply use listdir from then on, but for some reason I kind of prefer the more verbose way for now, so that I don't have to guess where does each function come from.

I suppose once I get more fluent with Python, I won't need to use those long statements.