How to Make a Zip File on Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Are you looking to compress multiple files and folders into a single file on your Mac? Creating a zip file is a convenient way to save storage space and easily share multiple files with others. In this tutorial, we will guide you step-by-step on how to make a zip file on Mac using the built-in Archive Utility.

Step 1: Select the Files and Folders

To begin, navigate to the location where your files and folders are stored. Hold down the Command key on your keyboard and click on each file or folder that you want to include in the zip file. Alternatively, you can also select multiple items by dragging your mouse cursor over them.

Step 2: Right-click and Choose ‘Compress’

Once you have selected all the desired files and folders, right-click on one of them. A context menu will appear. From the options available, select ‘Compress “filename”‘ (where “filename” represents the name of the selected item).


If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, you can also press Control + Click, or hold down the Control key while clicking on an item, then choose ‘Compress’.

Step 3: Wait for Compression

The Archive Utility will now start compressing the selected files and folders into a zip file. The duration of this process depends on the size of your data. A progress bar will appear indicating the status of compression.


The compressed file will have the same name as the first item in your selection (e.g., if you selected five items named A, B, C, D, E, the resulting zip file will be named “”).

Step 4: Locate the Zip File

Once the compression process is complete, you can find the newly created zip file in the same location as your original files and folders. It will have a .zip extension.

Step 5: Rename the Zip File (Optional)

If you want to change the name of your zip file, simply right-click on it and select ‘Rename’. Type in your desired name and press Enter.


You can also move or copy the zip file to a different location by dragging and dropping it to your desired folder.


You have successfully created a zip file on your Mac using the Archive Utility. Now you can easily share or store multiple files and folders in a single compressed file.

  • Tips:
    • You can double-click on a zip file to extract its contents.
    • To extract files individually from a zip file, simply double-click on it, then drag and drop the desired items to your preferred location.
    • If you no longer need a zip file, you can safely delete it without affecting the original files.
    • The Archive Utility is also capable of opening other compressed file formats like .tar.gz or .bz2. Simply double-click on these files to extract their contents.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through creating zip files on Mac. Now go ahead and organize your files more efficiently with this handy feature!

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