How to Zip and Unzip Files on Mac

Compressing files on Mac is not a new thing. Whenever we need to send multiple files to someone over email or using external storage like Pen Drive, we either compress them using ZIP archive or RAR format. On Mac, you don’t need to download any compressor to create a ZIP archive. We’ll show two simple and straightforward way to zipping and Unzip files on Mac quickly and easily.

The process remains the same on all Mac OS X version, and so there are no specifics to follow depending on your system. Now without wasting any further time, let’s learn the process.

How to Zip and Unzip Files on Mac

Step #1. Open Finder and navigate to any directory from where you wish to compress files and create an archive.

Step #2. Select multiple files from the folder and then right click on any of them.

Step #3. From the options, click on “Compress X items,” where X is the number of files you have selected.

Create a Zip File on Mac

Step #4. That’s it. Mac OS X will compress all those files and create Archive.ZIP in the same folder.

Create Archive Zip File on Mac

Step #5. To extract or open a ZIP archive, you need to double click on the archive, and it will automatically extract the files in the same folder where ZIP archive is located.

Double click on Zipped folder to Unzip on Mac

Besides this process, you can also ZIP and UNZIP archives using the Terminal app on your Mac.

How to Create Zip Files on Mac using Terminal

Step #1. Open the Terminal app on your Mac. You can open Launchpad and search for Terminal.

Step #2. Type zip <filename> and press Enter/return.

Alternatively, you can type ZIP in the Terminal and then drag and drop files directly inside the Terminal to ZIP them.

Create Zip Files on Mac using Terminal

Step #3. To unzip files using Terminal, you need to type – unzip

That’s all for tonight folks!

Signing off

We mostly use ZIP or RAR compression when we have multiple files to email. Otherwise, most of the times we use external storage like Pen Drive to share files with someone.

But when it comes to email, attaching ten different files doesn’t look organized nor professional. With that said, I’ll leave up to you what all files you should archive.

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