You just bought your first one Poppy and you feel great there. You especially appreciate the fact that, right out of the box, your computer can do almost anything without forcing you to install third-party software: you can surf the Internet with Safari, manage e-mail with Mail, write documents with the applications of the iWork suite and better manage your media library with iTunes. The only thing you didn't like 100% is macOS's handling of compressed archives.
The operating system from Apple is perfectly capable of open zip files - just double click on them and their contents are extracted into the current folder. However, there are problems: first of all, coming from Windows, and in particular from WinRAR or WinZip, with which it was possible to view the contents of the zip archives before extracting them, you miss this possibility. Then there are some types of storage that macOS doesn't seem able to handle at its best.
In short: from what I understand, you would like some advice on how to unzip with Mac using alternative solutions to those offered "standard" by macOS, perhaps more complete and able to view the contents of the archives before extracting them. Did I guess? Well, then I will be happy to help you and help you choose the solution that best suits your needs: below you will find several listed. Happy reading and have fun!
If you are looking for a more complete alternative to the compressed archive management utility included in macOS, take a look at The Unarchiver: it is a very popular free software capable of extracting zip, rar, 7-zip, tar, gzip, bzip2, lzh, arj and arc archives, plus iso and bin image files, Windows executables in exe format and others file types. It does not allow you to preview the contents of compressed archives, but it extracts everything very quickly.
To install The Unarchiver on your Mac, connect to this web page and click on the button See in the Mac App Store to open the Mac App Store. Next, click the button Ottieni / Installa located at the top right, type your Apple ID password (or authenticate via Touch ID, if you have a MacBook Pro with fingerprint sensor) and the program will first be downloaded and then installed on your Mac.
Once the installation is complete, start The Unarchiver and follow the introductory guide of the program (in which you will be explained how to set it as the default management program for compressed archives). Now, select the tab Extraction of The Unarchiver main window and adjust your preferences: via the drop-down menu Extract archives to you can choose where to extract the archives opened by double clicking; by checking the options at the bottom of the window you can decide if open the extraction folder and / or move the archive to the Trash after extraction and so on.
As you have surely noticed, macOS includes a utility that automatically extracts the contents of zip archives as soon as you double-click them. It is very effective, but for those who come from Windows and are used to programs like WinRAR and 7-Zip that allow you to view the contents of the archives without unpacking them it can be slightly inconvenient.
Do you think so too? Then you must absolutely try iZip Archiver, a free program that allows you to open zip files and other compressed archive formats, such as rar and 7z, without having to extract them, just like on Windows. Give me two minutes and I'll explain come unzippare Mac using it.
Be vuoi scoprire come unzippare Mac, the first step you need to take is to connect to this web page and click on the button See in the Mac App Store, in order to open the Mac App Store page dedicated to the software. At this point, click the button Ottieni / Installa located at the top right, type your Apple ID password (or authenticate via Touch ID, if you have a MacBook Pro with fingerprint sensor) and the program will first be downloaded and then installed on your computer.
Once the installation is complete, start iZip Archiver through its icon in the Launchpad macOS and select the item Preferences from the menu Zip top left. In the window that opens, click on the item file associations, put the check mark next to the file formats you want to associate with the program (zip, rare, etc.) and click on the button Close per salvare i Cambiomenti.
At this point, you've configured the program to open zip files and other compressed archive formats instead of the built-in utility in macOS. This means that for unzippare Mac with Zip all you have to do is double-click the files to unpack.
A window, similar to that of WinRAR or 7-Zip on Windows, will open with the list of files contained in the archive and you can decide whether to view them directly, opening them with a double click, or extract them to a folder of your choice dragging them with the mouse. Very easy.
In addition to opening and extracting compressed archives, iZip Archiver also allows you to create new ones. Just start the program from Launchpad and click on the button New located at the top left.
In the window that opens, click on the entry Specify name to choose the name to assign to the archive and the folder in which to save it, click again on Next, drag the files to be zipped onto the program screen and click Next three consecutive times to complete the operation.
BetterZip Quick Look Generator
Are you satisfied with the archive management utility included with macOS and / or The Unarchiver, however would you like to view the contents of a zip or rar file without having to extract it first? In this case, you can turn to BetterZip Quick Look Generator: an extension for Quick Look, thanks to which it is possible to see the contents of files rar, zip 7-zip, tar, tgz, tbz, txz, gzip, bzip2, arj, lzh, iso, chm, cab, cpio, deb and rpm without extracting them first.
The software is completely free and requires no complicated configurations. To download it on your Mac, connected to its official website and click on the first link placed under the heading BetterZip Quick Look Generator (legacy versions). Then extract the BetterZip extension for Quick Look (BetterZipQL.qlgenerator) from the zip archive that contains it and copy it into the folder /Library/QuickLook.
If you don't know how to get to the folder /Library/QuickLook, right click on the Finder (the smiling face) present in the Dock bar and select the item Go to the folder from the menu that opens. In the window that appears on the screen, paste the path /Library/QuickLook and by Submit to access the QuickLook folder and copy the BetterZip extension into it.
When the operation is complete, restart the Mac or the Finder (giving the command killall Finder in terminal) and you can preview the contents of the compressed archives simply by selecting them and then pressing the space bar, making a tap with three fingersor deep click on the trackpad (depending on your Mac model).
Keka is a program similar to The Unarchiver, which does not allow you to view the contents of compressed archives before extracting them, but supports all major archive formats (7z, zip, rar, tar, gzip, bzip2, dmg, iso etc.) and opens them very quickly. It is free, in addition to being open source, and although you can download and use it without limits, a paid version is available on the Mac App Store (€ 2,29) that allows you to support its development.
If you want to download the free version of Keka, connect to the official website of the program and click on the button Download. Once the download is complete, open the package dmgthat contains the software and drag the icon of the software into the folder Applications say macOS.
Once this is done, start Keka and click in sequence on the buttons apri, Give home access e Give access to Keka. After that, if you want to set the program as the default application to open compressed archives, select the item Pref Renze from the menu Keka (in alto a sinistra), pigia sul pulsating Set Keka as default compressor/uncompressor And that's it!
How to Set Up the Program to Unzip on Mac
If, after installing a program from those listed in this tutorial, you want to set it as the default software for opening compressed archives on your Mac (an operation that sometimes is not performed automatically), proceed as follows.
Right click on any file of the type you want to associate with the program that is giving you problems (ex. zip o rare) and choose the item Get information from the menu that appears. In the window that opens, expand the section Open with, select the program you want to associate with the type of file selected from the drop-down menu that appears below and first click on Edit all and then Continue per salvare i Cambiomenti.
Mission accomplished! From this moment on, all files of the type you have selected will be automatically opened with the software you have chosen in the drop-down menu Open with.