Every computer user often has to create archives – to quickly transfer a large number of files over the network, for convenient storage or to create a backup. In general, a lot for what.

However, for the macOS there is no familiar WinRAR program or something similar, so the question “how to create an archive on a Mac” is quite common among new users of Apple computers, and in this article I will try to answer it.

Depending on the format of the archive you need, you can create it in different ways. In macOS, as in Windows, you can add files to the .zip archive using standard operating system tools, but if for some reason you need to create an archive of a different format, you will have to use third-party programs. They, fortunately, enough and free.

How to Make a Zip Archive in macOS

macOS has built-in support for .zip archives — the operating system can both open and create them. This archive format is rightfully considered to be one of the most popular since, unlike the .rar, it is open and is supported in any operating system.

To make a .zip archive on a Mac:

  • Simply select the necessary files in the Finder or on the Desktop;
  • Right-click to open the context menu;
  • And select the “Compress objects”.
How to Zip Files in macOS?

As a result, an archive will be created in the same folder (or on the desktop) with the saying name “Archive.zip” containing all archived files. If you selected only one file for archiving, the archive name will correspond to the file name.

How to Zip Files in macOS?

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How to Unzip Archive in macOS

Unpacking the .zip archive to check the result is very simple – double clicking on the archive creates a folder with the same name and the contents of the archive next to it, and the archive itself remains untouched, i.e. only a copy of its contents is created.

Create a Zip via Command Line

For advanced users, there is another option for creating an archive and unpacking via the command line.

This is a very simple task, open the terminal and run the following commands:


zip <name.of.your.archive> <name.of.files.you.want.to.zip>


unzip <name.of.archive.you.want.to.unzip>


If you have a lot of old documents and they take up a lot of space, I find a good solution to your problem! Create an archive so that the files take up less space. In macOS, you can archive files without installing any third-party programs and this is really great.

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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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