How to Archive Files on Mac

You just switched to Poppy and are you looking for solutions to efficiently manage your files and create backup copies? Do you need to create ZIP archives in which to organize your work documents but you don't know how to do it? Don't worry, we will try to solve the problem together.

I have to offer you various solutions that allow you to easily create archives in ZIP format and backup all the files on your computer. You just have to choose the one that suits you best and find out how to archive files on Mac using it.

If you care to know how to archive files on Mac in order to create ZIP archives containing photos, documents, spreadsheets or any other file, you can use the built-in “standard” feature in OS X or a third-party application (if you have more advanced needs).

To zip one or more files using the Mac's archive utility, select the items to include in the archive (using the combination cmd+click), then right click on any of the files and select the item Collapse elements from the menu that appears. If you encounter any difficulties or want more info on this procedure, read my guide on how to zip files with Mac.

If you have more advanced needs, or would like to have more control over the types of archives to create, you can archive files on Mac using Keka. It is a free application that allows you to extract all the main types of compressed archives but, above all, to create ZIP, 7ZIP, TAR, GZIP or BZIP archives with customizable properties.

To download Keka on your Mac, connect to the application website and click on the button Download Keka. When the download is complete, double-click on it to open the file you just downloaded (eg. Keka – 1.0.3-intel.dmg) and drag the icon Keka in the folder Applications OS X to complete the software installation.

At this point, you can easily create a compressed archive containing all the files you want. Then start Keka and select one of the formats available in the program toolbar (ZIP, 7ZIP, TAR, GZIP o BZIP), then set the compression level you want to use for your archive (using the adjustment bar Method), choose whether to set one password protection or whether to create a multivolume archive (divided into several parts) and start the creation of the archive by dragging the files to be zipped into the Keka window.

If you don't want to archive files to create compressed archives but to keep safety copies, there are various solutions you can use on your Mac. The first one I recommend is the one included by default in OS X, that is time Machine which allows you to copy the entire contents of your computer to an external hard drive.

Another very reliable solution is the one offered by Carbon Copy Cloner, which as the name suggests allows you to clone and restore your entire Mac hard drive. Find out in detail how to take advantage of both of these tools by consulting my guides on how to make a backup with Time Machine and how to clone Mac hard drives.