How to Unzip Files on Mac

A .ZIP file may contain one or more files or directories that may have been compressed.

For Mac, once you click the file, it automatically unzips the files. However, I recently downloaded a file and encountered an “unable to expand” error.

Here’s the solution. It looks so techie, but I assure you, it is easy. Just be sure to follow each step. The solution is to use Terminal, a built-in program on the Mac.

  1. Open Terminal.  You can use the Mac search at the top right and start typing Terminal.  It will appear, click on it to open the program. 
  2. Type “unzip” and a space, then drag/drop the zip file into the Terminal window. (The space is very important. Nothing worked when I forgot to put a space after the word unzip.

3. Press Enter and the zip file will be unzipped, storing all files on your computer.

Your unzipped files will go to your user account folder which you can easily access using Finder. –Tourvista

There are also downloadable apps you can use to do this, but I find that this works perfectly fine.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert on this, but it worked perfectly so I want to share it with photos included since the step-by-step solutions I saw from other sources didn’t have photos.

Hope this helps. 


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