Is there an app that acts like windows-based unzipper?

I don't want my unarchiver unzip when I click a zipped file. I rather want to right click then click 'unzip' or something similar.

Update: I think people are getting confused. I know that I can unzip a file simply by double clicking it. I DON'T WANT THAT. I like to have a context menu like windows application. Is this possible?

  • You know you just double click a zip file on a mac to unzip it right… it's built in – Alexander Nov 20 '11 at 1:08
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    What do you want the context menu to do that double-clicking does not? – vocaro Nov 20 '11 at 5:24
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    You don't say why you can't just double click on it. Why make it harder? – Jason Salaz Nov 20 '11 at 5:35
  • Then, what would you like to be done when the archive is double–clicked? – Jari Keinänen Nov 20 '11 at 9:31
  • @vocaro // I don't want anything when I double click it – Moon Nov 20 '11 at 10:12

Unarchiving is built into OS X. All you have to do to unarchive a file is to open it. You can do that by double clicking, pressing cmd+o (between i and p), or by right-clicking and choosing Open.

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So, just right-click on the file and select Open to unarchive. Ta-da, no extra software required.


You can make an automator service that sends the selected file to Archive Utility.app (found in /System/CoreServices) and make it into a contextual menu item


No, there is nothing like that on the Mac platform that I am aware of.

I believe what Moon is going on about is that in the Windows Explorer, it's possible to do more with .zip archives than what the Mac Finder lets you do. In the Windows Explorer you can use a contextual menu command to inspect an archive with multiple items inside and see those items listed before you decide whether you want to extract anything or not. You can extract only certain items within an archive without extracting the entire archive. No, there's no way to get that kind of flexibility in the Mac Finder.

Using the contextual menu in the Finder on Mac OS X, you can either extract the entire contents of a .zip file, or nothing.

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    Technically you can 'peek' at what files are within an archive using BetterZip, and choose to extract selected files from it. It is not native to OS X but still handy to know – osx86x Jan 26 '12 at 4:29

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