How to Unzip a File

You are ready to face a new challenge as a neophyte in the PC world! Even knowing that you are not yet very familiar with the use of computers, your boss has sent you files compressed in ZIP archives and you now do not know how to extract them. You have tried them all but there seems to be no way ... or at least you have absolutely not understood how to succeed.

You just need some advice on how to unzip a file with solutions appropriate to the situation, powerful but easy to use. Let me think about it… yes, maybe I have what you need! Try to follow the "tips" I am about to give you and you should solve your problem quickly and easily. Come on, get to work and surprise your boss, I bet you'll learn right away.

So take a few minutes of free time all to yourself, get comfortable and immediately start trying the tools for Windows, macOS and Linux used for the purpose that I am about to suggest. There are also resources that can be used directly via the Web, without the need to download absolutely anything on your computer, and apps for Android and iOS that you can use on the go, to decompress your files from smartphones and tablets. Happy reading and good "work"!

Come Unzippare Un File Su Windows

You are using a PC with su installed Windows and you would like to understand what are the tools you can use for unzip a file? Then try now the ones I have reported below. I am sure that in the end you will be able to say that you are very happy and satisfied to have discovered them.

Compressed Archives Manager

The first and most immediate tool you can use to unzip a file on a PC is the compressed archive manager integrated into Windows (any version). It allows you to extract compressed archives in ZIP format and, if necessary, also to create new ones.

To use it, all you need to do is locate the ZIP file you want to unzip, right click on it, select the option Extract everything from the contextual menu that opens and, in the window that appears, click on the button Extract.

In addition to the way I just indicated, you can extract your compressed archives by double clicking on their icon and then pressing the button Extract everything located on the toolbar in the window File Explorer that opens.

In both cases, the files contained within the archive will be extracted to the same location as the latter. Also, if the file you intend to unzip is password protected, you will be prompted to type the password to proceed with the extraction.

Do you need to extract only some of the files contained in the archive? In that case, double-click the ZIP file and drag and drop the file icons from the window that opens on the desktop or otherwise to the output location of your choice.


If you are looking for a noteworthy alternative to the standard Windows compressed archive manager, the best suggestion I can give you is without a doubt to turn to 7-Zip. Haven't you ever heard of it? No problem, I'll explain what it is. We are in the presence of one of the most renowned free software in the category. It is open source in nature, works only on Microsoft operating systems and is used for both decompression and compression of all the most popular compressed archive formats. It also allows you to intervene on ZIP files (and not only) protected by passwords and on multi-volume ones.

To download it to your PC, connect to the program website and click on the link Download located at the top, at the Windows version you are using (64-bit or 32-bit).

Once the download is complete, open the file .exe obtained and, in the window that appears on the desktop, click on the button Si and, subsequently, on the buttons install e Close.

Now, you can finally use 7-Zip to unzip your files. To do this, right-click on the reference ZIP archive icon, select the item 7-Zip from the context menu that opens and then that apri. To conclude, click on the button Extract in the window that appeared on the desktop, indicate the location on your computer where you want to extract the files and press the button OK. If the ZIP file is password protected, you will be prompted to type it.

Alternatively, you can extract the ZIP archives by right clicking on them, selecting the item 7-Zip from the context menu that appears and choose the option Extract here (to extract the files to the current location) or that Extract the files (to define an exact location to extract the files to).

If necessary, you can also extract only some of the files contained in the archive. To do this, right click on the ZIP file and select the entry 7-Zip from the context menu, then that apri and drag the files of your interest out of the window that appears. Therefore, release them in the position you prefer.

If you want to make 7-Zip the default software for the management of compressed archives, in order to be able to extract the latter by simply double clicking on their icon, you can do it by first calling up 7-Zip File Manager from Start menu of Windows.

In the window that appears on the desktop, access the menu Means (top right), select the item options and click on your voice zip in the column Type until theprogram iconto. Finally, press the button Apply to confirm and apply the changes.

How to Unzip a File on MacOS

Let's now turn to the side MacOS and let's find out what are the solutions you can use to unzip a file in this case. For more details, please read on.

Compression Utility

Similar to Windows, macOS also integrates a tool for managing ZIP files (and more). It is about Compression Utility and it allows sa to decompress and to compress archives.

To use it, simply double click on the ZIP file you want to decompress and… wait for the extraction procedure to start and complete! You will find the extracted files in the same location as the original compressed archive. If the ZIP file is password protected, you will also be prompted to type it.

In addition to that as I have just indicated, you can extract the compressed archives on macOS by right clicking on them and choosing the item apri from the displayed context menu.

Finally, I would like to point out that, if you deem it necessary, you can adjust the settings relating to the operation of the Compression Utility by first recalling the latter via Spotlight o Siri, then clicking on the menu Compression at the top left and then on the entry Pref Renze.

iZip Archiver

As an alternative to the resource already integrated in macOS, to unzip a file you can rely on iZip Archiver. This is a free application specific to Mac, also used for the extraction and compression of ZIP files and many other types of compressed archives. Unlike the standard utility, it also allows you to open ZIP files without necessarily having to extract the contents.

To use it, visit the relevant section of the Mac App Store Onlineclick on your button See in the Mac App Store and, in the window of Mac App Store "Real" that appears on the screen, click on the button Ottieni / Installa. If necessary, authorize the download by entering your Apple account password or using Touch ID (if you have a Mac with this component).

Afterwards, open iZip Archiver by invoking the application from Launchpad (or through Spotlight, Siri or dalla cartella Applications macOS), close the window for creating compressed archives that is shown to you and press the button Open placed on top of the other open window.

Then select the ZIP file you want to open and press the button Open (bottom right). Another window will open on the middle desk where you can view the contents of the compressed archive and proceed with the extraction if necessary by selecting the various files and dragging them to the desired output location. If the file is password protected, you will be prompted to type it.

In addition to that as I have just indicated, you can recall the application by right clicking on the compressed archive you want to open, selecting the item Open with from the contextual menu that opens and clicking on the wording iZip Archiver.

If you then want to make iZip Archiver the default tool to extract ZIP files on macOS, proceed as follows: right click on any ZIP file on your Mac, select the item Get information from the menu that opens, expand the section Open with in the pop-up window on the screen and select the item from the context menu iZip Archiver.

How to Unzip a File on Ubuntu

Purposes Ubuntu (one of the most popular Linux distros) and would you like to understand how to unzip a file even in this case? No sooner said than done! You can do this using the default tool Archive manager, a resource in some ways similar to the stock of Windows and macOS.

To use it, just right-click on the ZIP file in relation to which you want to intervene and select, from the menu that appears, the item Open with Archive Manager. Alternatively, double-click the compressed archive.

Then, press the button Extract in the window that opens, specify the output location and click the button once again Extract. If the ZIP file is protected by a password, you will need to enter it to proceed with the extraction.

If you then want to extract only some of the files in the archive, drag them out of the archive manager window and drop them in the desired location. That's all!

Come Unzippare Un File Online

You do not have the time or permissions to install a program on your computer, or do you simply want to find out how to unzip a file with alternative solutions to the "classic" software I have already told you about? Then you could turn to ezyZip, a free online service that works from any browser and operating system, which, without the need for registration, allows you to decompress ZIP files saved on your computer, as well as create new ones.

To use it visit the home page of the service, click on the button Choose file / Open file and select the archive to unzip on your PC. Then press the button Extract to proceed with the extraction and you will finally be able to view the complete list of files contained in the archive.

To extract them and then save them on your computer, click on the button with the floppy disk that you find next to the name of each of them. If you have not changed the default browser settings, the files will be saved in the folder Download from computer.

App to Unzip a File

To conclude, I want to recommend you some apps for Android e iOS that you can use to decompress ZIP files (and more) directly from mobile. Here they are.

  • WinZip (Android / iOS) - popular ZIP file management utilities for Android and iOS. It allows you to extract archives in ZIP format but also ZIPX, 7Z, RAR and CBZ and to create new ones in ZIP and ZIPX formats. It also includes extra features, such as access to cloud storage services, which can be unlocked via in-app purchases (starting at 0,80 cents on Android).
  • ZArchiver (Android) - it is one of the best no-cost utilities for managing compressed archives available for Android smartphones and tablets. It allows you to extract the archives in all the most popular formats, but also to view their contents directly and to create 7z, ZIP, BZIP2 (BZ2), GZIP (GZ), XZ and TAR files, both with and without password.
  • Zip (iOS) - free app to open and create ZIP files on iPhone and iPad. It has a very intuitive interface and is very easy to use.