How to Open a Zip File on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Opening a Zip File on Mac: A Step-by-Step Guide

Have you ever come across a Zip file and wondered how to open it on your Mac? Whether you’ve received a compressed folder via email or downloaded one from the internet, this tutorial will guide you through the process of extracting the contents of a Zip file on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Locate the Zip File

First, locate the Zip file you want to open on your Mac. It could be in your Downloads folder, email attachments, or any other location where you saved it.

Step 2: Double-click to Extract

To extract the contents of the Zip file, simply double-click on it. Your Mac’s built-in Archive Utility will automatically launch and begin extracting the files.


If double-clicking doesn’t work or opens the file with another program, you can right-click (or Control-click) on the Zip file and select “Open With” > “Archive Utility.”

Step 3: Wait for Extraction

During the extraction process, a progress bar will appear to indicate how long it will take. The time may vary depending on the size of the Zip file and your Mac’s performance.

Step 4: Access Extracted Files

Once the extraction is complete, a new folder with the same name as the original Zip file will be created in the same location. This folder contains all the extracted files.

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    • If the Zip file contains multiple folders, the extracted files will be organized in a similar directory structure.
    • You can now access and use the extracted files as needed.

    Step 5: Delete the Zip File (Optional)

    Once you have successfully extracted the contents of the Zip file, you may choose to delete the original Zip file to save space on your Mac. To do this, simply select the file and press Delete or drag it to the Trash icon in your Dock.


    In conclusion, opening a Zip file on a Mac is a simple process that involves locating the file, double-clicking to extract it, waiting for extraction to complete, accessing the extracted files, and optionally deleting the original Zip file. By following these steps, you can quickly and easily extract files from Zip archives on your Mac.

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