How to unzip a file on a Mac

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In this article we will look at how to unzip a file on a Mac so that its content is usable on your computer. You can unzip files on a Mac with just a few simple clicks. You can unzip a file on a Mac by double clicking on it or by right clicking and selecting "Open". The unzipped file will expand its contents into a folder on the desktop. If you have a RAR file on your Mac, you can extract its contents by downloading a free software.




A ZIP file is a convenient way to give your computer or phone some extra space when you are nearing its storage limits. The zipped files compress the data of photos, multimedia contents, documents, etc., received from friends, family, work or just downloaded from the Internet.

Compression also makes it easier and faster to share large files over the Internet, but those files must be decompressed once they are shared. Here's how to unzip files on a Mac.

How to unzip files on a Mac

To unzip zipped files on a Mac, just do double click on the zipped file and the Archive Utility tool will unzip the files, creating a new folder of its contents next to the zipped folder on the desktop.


You can also right-click the folder and click apri to perform the same task if the archive utility is set as default. If not, right click and select Open with then Archive Utility.

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Comparable to ZIP files, Roshal Archive (RAR) is another file format where you can hold large amounts of compressed data.



Unlike ZIP files, RAR files require software to decompress the files and turn them into a folder. However, the process of unzipping a RAR file on a Mac is relatively simple thanks to free and compatible software known as The Unarchiver.


  1. Download The Unarchiver.
  2. You will be prompted for the file types you want to open with the software. Make sure that RAR archive is selected from these options.
  3. Then select the tab Quarrying to indicate how you want the program to handle the folder.
  4. Once the settings are done, right click on the RAR file and select Open with e The Unarchiver.
  5. Select the destination for the RAR extraction folder. When done, click the blue button Extract at the bottom right of the window.

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