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When I download a zip file through Safari it automatically extracts it into a new folder named as the ZIP file is. Is there a way to disable the auto extract feature and just leave the file as is in ZIP format?

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In Safari go to Preferences -> General and uncheck Open "safe" files after downloading. This disables automatic extracting of archives, including zip files. As noted below the check box this will disable automatic opening of PDFs, text documents, movies and pictures.

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Or, to have both (open PDFs/texts/movies/pictures but don't extract ZIP), disable auto-open in Safari but attach an AppleScript FolderAction to your Downloads folder which checks whether the file is a ZIP file, and if it's not, opens it. This also has the advantage that it will work with any browser. – fanaugen Apr 16 '12 at 15:20

You can also hold the ALT (OPTION) key when clicking the download link (tested and working on Safari v6.0.5)

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Really this should be the accepted answer, since it does exactly what the OP is looking for. (and what I was looking for too : ) – Ralph Shillington Jul 14 '15 at 0:44

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