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How To Zip Files On Mac OSX

Mac OS also provide built in compression utility to create basic zip file. You don’t need to download and install a special software for this purpose.

But to perform some extra tasks, you may need to have software like WinRAR and WinZip.

In this guide, we will provide different ways to zip files on Mac OS X using default as well as third party methods.

How to Zip files on Mac OS X by built in method

This method can be used to zip files and folders or both of these.

  1. Locate the files or folders you want to archive using Mac Finder.
  2. Select the files you want to zip, and right click on their selection.
  3. Select Compress Items.
  4. 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 Mac OS x 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.

Password protected Zip on Mac OS X

Security is important for every computer user. So, you must know how to protect your zip files with password. You need to do this on terminal.

zip -e zipfile.zip filename

Don’t forget to put extension with your filename.

This command will prompt you to enter password for your zip file. Enter the password and press enter. You are done.

How to create zip files on Mac OS X using WinZip

Now, is the turn for most popular tools to become part of our guide. Before starting these steps, make it sure that you have downloaded and installed WinZip application in your Mac. If not, you can do from following link.

https://www.winzip.com/mac/en/winzip.html

  1. Open WinZip.
  2. 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.
  3. You can also encrypt the zip file with password.
  4. Click on zip.
  5. Share the zip file on email, cloud etc.

Another app which gives great user experience is izip. Download from link below.

https://www.izip.com/izip.dmg

It supports zip, ZIPX, TAR, RAR, 7Zip, Tar.GZ and more will be added with 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.