How to Compress File on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Compressing files on a Mac can be a handy technique to save disk space and make it easier to share or transfer files. In this tutorial, we will explore different methods to compress files on your Mac. So let’s dive in!

Using the Built-in Archive Utility

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to compress files on your Mac, the built-in Archive Utility is your best bet. Here’s how you can use it:

  1. Step 1: Select the file(s) or folder(s) that you want to compress.
  2. Step 2: Right-click on the selected item(s) and choose “Compress” from the context menu.

    Right-click and select Compress

  3. Step 3: The Archive Utility will create a compressed file with the same name as the original item(s). You can find it in the same location as the original item(s).

You have successfully compressed your file using the Archive Utility!

Compressing Files with Terminal

If you prefer using Terminal commands, this method will suit you better. Follow these steps:

  1. Step 1: Launch Terminal on your Mac by going to Applications > Utilities > Terminal.
  2. Step 2: Navigate to the location of the file(s) or folder(s) that you want to compress using the “cd” command. For example:
    $ cd /path/to/folder/
  3. Step 3: Use the “zip” command followed by the name you want to give to your compressed file and the file(s) or folder(s) you want to compress. For example:
    $ zip compressed_file.zip file1.txt folder2
  4. Step 4: Press Enter and Terminal will create a compressed file in the current directory.

You have successfully compressed your file using Terminal!

Additional Tips

Here are a few additional tips to help you compress files on your Mac more efficiently:

  • Compress Multiple Files or Folders: To compress multiple files or folders into a single archive, select them all before using either method mentioned above.
  • Extracting Compressed Files: To extract files from a compressed archive, simply double-click on it. The Archive Utility will automatically extract the contents to the same location as the original archive.
  • Selective Compression: If you only want to compress specific files within a folder, create a new folder and move/copy those files into it. Then, compress the new folder using any of the methods described above.

In Conclusion

In this tutorial, we have explored two methods to compress files on a Mac – using the built-in Archive Utility and Terminal commands. Both methods are simple and effective, allowing you to save disk space and make it easier to share or transfer files. Remember these techniques whenever you need to compress files on your Mac!

I hope this article has been helpful in teaching you how to compress files on your Mac. Happy compressing!

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