How to Unzip in Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

How to Unzip in Mac

If you are a Mac user, you might have come across zip files that need to be extracted. Unzipping files is a simple process on Mac, and in this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps using the built-in Archive Utility tool.

Step 1: Locate the Zip File

Before we begin unzipping, make sure you know the location of the zip file on your Mac. You can find it in your Downloads folder or any other directory where you saved it.

Step 2: Double-click on the Zip File

To unzip a file, simply double-click on it. This action will automatically launch the Archive Utility tool and begin extracting the contents of the zip file.

Step 3: Wait for Extraction

Once you’ve double-clicked on the zip file, wait for a few moments as Archive Utility extracts all the files and folders contained within. The progress can be seen in a small window displaying a loading bar.


  • If there is only one file inside the zip archive, it will automatically extract to the same location as the original zip file.
  • If there are multiple files or folders inside the zip archive, they will be extracted into a new folder with the same name as the original zip file.

Step 4: Access Your Extracted Files or Folder

Once extraction is complete, navigate to where your extracted files or folder have been saved. You can do this by opening Finder and going to either your Desktop or Downloads folder, depending on where you initially stored your zip file.


In case you are unable to locate your extracted files or folder, try searching for the name of the zip file or the extracted files using Spotlight Search (Command + Space) at the top-right corner of your screen.

Step 5: Done!

Congratulations! You have successfully unzipped your file on Mac.

You can now access and use the contents as needed.

Unzipping files is a common task, and with the Archive Utility tool on Mac, it becomes incredibly straightforward. Whether you receive zip files through email or download them from the internet, following these steps will ensure you can extract their contents effortlessly.

Now that you know how to unzip files on Mac, you can easily manage and access various archived materials without any hassle. Enjoy exploring your newly extracted content!

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