How to Zip Files in Mac: The are situations where you’ll need to archive or zip a file, maybe to reduce the size or send a bunch of data to another device.
Zipping files on Mac is quite easy (compared to Windows), due to you don’t need an external program, the zipping tool is embedded in the Mac OSx.
How to Zip Files in Mac OS X
You can use this to create zip files of files, folders, or both:
- Locate the items to zip in the Mac Finder (file system)
- Right-click on a file, folder, or files you want to zip
- Select “Compress Items”
- Find the newly created .zip archive in the same directory
when a file is being zipped, the zip archive will maintain the standard file name and have the “.zip” extension.
When more than one file is being zipped, the archive will be named “Archive.zip,” and if plenty archives are created, they will be named successively “Archive 2.zip” and so on.
How To Unzip A File In Mac Os X
Unzipping a zip in Mac is as easy as zipping it up, all you have to do is right-click the file you want to unzip, hover over Open With, and choose Archive Utility (or a third-party unzipping program, if you decide to use one).
macOS will automatically create a new folder containing the zipped files in the same location as the ZIP file is.
Bonus: Zipping And Unzipping Using External Softwares
You can also zip and unzip with external software. I recommend you use The Unarchiever. The download link for Mac is here.