MacOS provides built-in compression utility to create zip files. You need not install additional software to complete basic compression.
In this guide, we will provide different ways to zip files on MacOS using default as well as third party methods.
How to Zip files on MacOS by built in method
This method can be used to zip files and folders or both of these.
- Locate the files or folders you want to archive using Mac Finder.
- Select the files you want to zip, and right click on their selection.
- Select Compress Items.
- Zip file is created and save in the current working directory.
If single file is zipped, a .zip extension is added to the name of the file. If multiple files are zipped, “Archive” will be the name of the zip file, and upon creation of multiple zips in the same directory their name will increment as “Archive 2” and so on.
How to zip files on MacOS using command line
If you want to work like a pro and dislike using Mac Finder method to make zip file, try following syntax on command line.
zip archive.zip filename
Don’t forget to add extension to your filename.
You can also do it by typing “zip” and dragging files to terminal to compress them.
Additional useful zip command options
- Recursively archive an entire directory
zip -r archive.zip directory/
- Same as above but using the most aggressive compression strategy and deleting original files
zip -r9m archive.zip directory/
- Password protect zip file. Please note that the password protection is weak and can be quite easily cracked.
zip --password PASSWORD archive.zip filename1.txt filename2.txt
How to create zip files on MacOS using WinZip
Now, is the turn for most popular tools to become part of our guide. Before starting these steps, make sure that you have installed WinZip application on your Mac.
- Open WinZip.
- An empty zip file named Untilled.zip will be created. Drag and drop files you want to zip. Or you can click on add and then choose location to select files to zip.
- You can also encrypt the zip file with password.
- Click on zip.
- Share the zip file on email, cloud etc.
Other MacOS Zip Alternatives
Another app which gives great user experience is izip. Download from link below:
It currently supports zip, ZIPX, TAR, RAR, 7Zip, Tar.GZ with more to be added with future updates.
Its features are:
- Easy to use
- Support encryption
- Regular updates
- Archive assistance
- Sharing securely
- Treat Archive files as removable storage
Zip file created with any software can be opened by any other software that supports zip file format. So, there is no restriction to zip and unzip using same method.