You can easily unzip the .zip file on a Mac without downloading any additional software. You just need to know how to control your computer in order to quickly and easily unzip the file. Previously, the Zip format was limited only to the Windows world, but now such archives are often created and used in macOS.

About .zip Files

Zip is a popular file archiving and lossless data compression format. A Zip archive can contain one or more files and directories, which can be compressed by different algorithms. Most often Zip uses the Deflate compression algorithm.

If you have ever downloaded archives, you have probably already wondered how to open them and view what is inside. It turns out that opening archives on a Mac is very easy thanks to the built-in archiver.

In most cases, on a Mac, you can unzip the .zip archive using standard operating system tools. In this article I will show clearly how to do this.

Read more: How to Open Zip Files on iPhone?

How to Unzip Files on Mac?

If earlier in the days of OS X Snow Leopard this could be tricky, then unzip files on Mac in modern macOS is very easy:

  • Locate the .zip file through the Finder;
  • Double-click on the .zip archive to start the extraction;
  • You can also extract data from the archive by right-clicking on it and selecting “Open” or “Open With…”.
How to Open Zip Files on Mac?
  • When the process is completed, the extracted files will appear in the same folder in which the archive itself is located.
How to Open Zip Files on Mac?


Typically, the macOS built-in archiver extracts zip file data to folders of the same name, but without the .zip extension.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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