Facing problems in opening .zip files in Mac? Well I am sure this can be solved easily if know the method. Zip files are special files with an extension .zip made specifically for the purpose carrying big data in small form. Zip files are made to compress big files and it is usually done by WinZip in PC. Once the big files get packed, you can easily send them through email or carry them in pen drive. Also encrypting i.e. password protecting such files becomes a lot easier.
So we can say that .zip files are a convenient method to handle big files or data. There is no special method to open .zip files in Mac. With a simple process you can open such files in Mac easily. We have listed two such methods by which you can handle these packed files. Let’s take them individually.
Mac considers these zip files as stuffed or compressed files. To open such compressed or stuffed files in Mac just double click on it. As soon as you double click .zip files, it will be extracted to a new folder. The original zip archive will remain as it is.
Now you can easily access the packed files. If there are more packed files in the newly formed folder after extraction, then re do the process of extraction.
If you are not satisfied with method I and want specific software to unzip such files then you can use Stuffit for this purpose. Stuffit is software for Mac which unzip the Zip archives, decompresses tar, gzip and bzip archives easily.
Stuffit expands over 30 archive file formats. All you need to do is just drag and drop the packed files in its window. Rest it will handle by itself. Download Stuffit and install it if you daily come across different packed file formats.
Few of the file formats which Stuffit opens are
- StuffIt X archives – .SITX
- StuffIt X Index Archives – .sidx
- StuffIt 5 and older StuffIt archives – .sit
- StuffIt 5 and older Mac Self-Extracting archives – .sea
- Zip archives – .zip (including encrypted and Zip64 archives)
- Windows Self-Extracting archives – .exe (created with StuffIt for Windows or Windows Zip utilities)
- RAR archives – .rar (including encrypted archives)
- TAR archives – .tar
- Tarballs (Compressed TAR archives)
- Gzip Compressed Tar – .tar.gz, .tgz, .taz
- Bzip Compressed Tar – .tar.bz, .tbz
- Bzip2 Compressed Tar – .tar.bz2, .tbz2
- UNIX Compressed Tar – .tar.Z, .tz
- LZMA Compressed Tar – .tar.lzma, .tlzma
- 7-Zip archives – .7z
- Windows CAB Files – .cab
- Lha archives – .lha, .lzh
- Arj archives – .arj
- Arc archives – .arc
- Comic Book Archives
- CBZ – .cbz
- CBR – .cbr
- CBT – .cbt
- CB7 – .cb7
So these are the two methods by which you can open .zip files in Mac.