Have you recently switched to Mac and, accustomed to using Windows programs such as WinRAR and 7-Zip for years, do you need a hand to compress (and maybe even decompress) ZIP files on macOS? Then I would say that you have come to the right guide, at the right time: think a bit ... in this tutorial of mine, I just wanted to tell you about the best programs to zip on Mac.
Contrary to what you might think, there are many software used for this purpose, all extremely simple to use and in most cases completely free, not to mention the fact that macOS includes, "as standard", a convenient utility specifically used for this purpose, which you can use without having to rely on third-party solutions.
Then? May I know what are you still standing there? Position yourself comfortably in front of your Apple-branded computer and immediately start focusing on reading the following. I sincerely hope that in the end you can feel very happy and satisfied with what you have learned, as well as, of course, with the results obtained.
As I told you at the beginning of the post, macOS includes a tool, called Compression Utility, thanks to which it is possible to compress and decompress ZIP files (as well as files in TAR, GZ, TGZ format etc.) without having to resort to the use of third-party tools.
To create a ZIP file via the latter, all you have to do is select the file, set of files or folder you want to compress, right-click on any of the items in question and choose the option Compress [file or folder name] (if you have selected a single file or a single folder) or that Collapse N items (if you have selected multiple items) from the context menu.
Next, a ZIP archive will be generated in the same location as the source items. If you want, you can change its default name (which is that of the file or folder you have selected or archive, in case you have chosen to compress multiple elements) by selecting the ZIP file, pressing the key Submit on the keyboard and typing what you prefer in the appropriate field.
As far as the extraction procedure is concerned, just double-click on the ZIP archive of your interest: the files it contains will be immediately saved in the current location. If the ZIP file is password protected, you will be prompted to type the password as well.
As an alternative to what I have just indicated, I would like to point out that you can extract the ZIP files by right clicking on them and selecting, from the context menu, the item apri. Finally, I would like to point out that if you want to manage the settings related to the operation of the Compression Utility, you can do it by calling the application via Spotlight o Siriby clicking on the menu Compression Utility present in the upper left part of the screen, by selecting the wording Pref Renze and intervening on the options attached to the window that appears on the desktop.
Keka is another among the programs to zip with Mac that I want to recommend. It allows you to create archives in 7z, ZIP, TAR, GZIP, BZP2, DMG and ISO formats and to open compressed archives in RAR, 7Z, ZMA, ZIP, TAR, GZIP, BZIP2, ISO, EXE, CAB, PAX and ACE formats.
It has a very easy to use user interface with drag-and-drop support and is fully translated into Italian. It is free, but it is eventually available in a paid variant (costs 3,49 euros) that can be purchased from the Mac App Store to support and reward the work of developers.
To download the free version of Keka, go to the application website and click on the button Download vx.x.xx. A download complete, apri il package .dmg obtained and move the Keka icon into the folder Applications of macOS. Afterward, right click on it and select the item apri from the context menu, so as to open the program going to circumvent the limitations that Apple imposes on applications from non-certified developers (an operation that must be performed only at the first start).
Now that you see the Keka window on the screen, to create a new compressed archive, proceed as follows: select the format ZIP from the drop-down menu at the top right, adjust the related settings using the menus and items available and drag the files or folders you want to compress into the window displayed, corresponding to the wording Release here to compress.
The generated compressed archive will be saved in the same location as the source file or folder and with the same name. To adjust this and other program settings, select items Keka> Preferences in the menu bar (top left) and change the options available in the window that opens.
To use Keka to extract the files, on the other hand, simply drag the ZIP files to be extracted into the main window of the program, corresponding to the item Release here to extract, and wait for the procedure to be completed. Alternatively, select the ZIP file, right-click on it and select the items from the menu that opens Open with> Keka.
Among the programs to zip on Mac that I want to report there is also iZip Archiver, which has a very interesting feature: unlike other programs for managing compressed archives for macOS, it does not directly extract the contents of the archives but allows you to view it first and then to extract only the desired elements.
It also allows you to create new ZIP files starting from files and folders of any type with a very easy to follow wizard. Apart from ZIP, it also supports ZIPX, RAR, TAR, 7ZIP and more.
To use it, visit the relevant section of the Mac App Store Online, click here See in the Mac App Store and, in the "real" window of Mac App Store that opens on the desktop, click on the button Ottieni / Installa and, if necessary, authorize the download by typing your Apple account password or using Touch ID (if you have a Mac equipped with this component).
Then, open the application by pressing the button apri on screen or by recalling it from Launchpad (or, again, through Spotlight, Siri or by looking for it in the folder Applications). After that, if you want to create a ZIP archive, click on the button Create Archive present in the window displayed on the screen, click on the button Specify name, indicate the name you want to give to the compressed archive you are about to create and the location where you want to save it and press the button Create.
Now, if you want to create an archive with a very high degree of compression, check the option Extra compression, pigia sul pulsating Next, on the button [+] (bottom right) and select files and / or folders you want to compress. Finally, click on the button Next three more times in a row and it's done.
As for the extraction of the files, close the iZip Archiver window to create the ZIP files, click on the button Open placed at the top of the other window left open, select the compressed archive you want to open and press the button Open bottom right.
In the new window that will open at this point, you can view the contents of the selected ZIP file. To extract the files of your interest present inside, drag them out of the window and drop them in the output location of your choice. If the compressed archive is password protected, you will be prompted to enter the password before proceeding.
As an alternative to what I have just indicated, I would like to point out that you can also open ZIP files by right-clicking on them and choosing the options from the context menu Open> iZip Archiver.
WinArchiver Lite is a program designed for those who need to often share compressed files with Windows users. In fact, it allows you to create ZIP archives starting from folders and files of any type, excluding the .DS_Store files and all other hidden elements that are inserted by default in the archives generated with macOS.
It has a very simple interface to use and allows you to compress files and folders by dragging them into the application window. It is free, but eventually it is available in a paid variant (costs 27,99 euros) that allows you to adjust the settings relating to the degree of compression to perform the extraction procedure.
To download WinArchiver Lite on your Mac, go to the relevant section of the Mac App Store Onlineclick on your button See in the Mac App Store and, in the "real" window of Mac App Store that appears on the screen, presses the button Ottieni / Installa. If necessary, authorize the download by typing your Apple account password or using Touch ID (if you have a Mac equipped with this component).
When installation is complete, open the application by pressing the button apri on screen or by recalling it from Launchpad (or, again, through Spotlight, Siri or by looking for it in the folder Applications). Then, drag the elements you want to insert in the ZIP archive you are going to create into the WinArchiver window, type (if you want) a password to protect the archive in the dedicated field and click on the button Create Zip file. The ZIP file will then be generated on the desktop.