If I right click a file and I compress it I obtain a file.zip. Is it possible to set right click-->compress to produce a file.tar.gz as output? I always have to do it through terminal but many times I'd rather do it with a right click especially when I'm already in the finder looking at the folder


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You can try to write a unix shell script where your commands are to tar the selected files then run gzip on it.

Then you can make this a service and save it at ~/Library/Services. Then enable it via system preferences > Keyboard > shortcuts > Services.

Then you can select a file and right-click on the selected file. At the bottom of the right click menu, a section for Services appears which has your services. Select your new service and that should do the job.

Alternatively, it can be found in Finder menu > Services.

  • Thank you, I'll try it as soon as I have some spare time and eventually check your answer!
    – AnOrAn
    Jun 8, 2020 at 20:51

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