Is there a Quick Look plug-in that works with ZIP files, and that lists all the files contained in the archive? It is also fine if it lists at least some of the files.


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Well, Better Zip does a fair job.

  • homebrew + cask users can install the QuickLook plugin with brew cask install betterzipql. Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 12:37
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    It seems that the Quick Look plugin is now part of the Better Zip installation — brew cask install betterzip
    – g .
    Commented Mar 18, 2018 at 11:34
  • It also seems that betterzip is commercial, so to use the QL viewer you need to purchase betterzip.
    – nycynik
    Commented Apr 29, 2019 at 15:48
  • brew install --cask betterzipql
    – evandrix
    Commented Jun 19, 2021 at 3:55

There's also the open source qlZipInfo that works for .zip, .jar, .tar, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .tar.Z, .xar, .pkg, .deb, .rpm, .7z, .xz, .cab, .gz, .lha, .hqx, .sit, .iso, .cdr, and .toast files.

Install instructions are given on its GitHub page; it supports macOS from 10.6 to the current release (13+). It provides a simple list of files and directories (if present) with totals.

If you run in problems with brew installation you can just download the dmg from the releases page and install it manually.

Update (as mentioned in comments by @Ryan): It can now be installed again via brew:

brew install --cask qlzipinfo
  • This worked for me. Added a cask for it brew install iloveitaly/tap/qlzipinfo
    – iloveitaly
    Commented Nov 21, 2022 at 19:01
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    This command doesn't work anymore since the tap hasn't been updated, I'll switch to betterzip Commented Feb 27, 2023 at 16:27
  • As of 06.06.2023 it works on macOS Ventura 13.3.1 on Apple Silicon M1. Commented Jun 6, 2023 at 8:32
  • I have just installed this extension and reset quicklook, but it seems with no effects at all. qlZipInfo is not even listed among the Quick Look extensions in Settings. Commented Dec 7, 2023 at 17:54
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    @MiguelSánchezVillafán Please use brew install --cask qlzipinfo. We have merged github.com/Homebrew/homebrew-cask/pull/175517.
    – Ryan
    Commented Jun 1 at 22:48

WinZip installs one but BetterZip's is better, although includes an advert for BetterZip each time you use it.

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    – fsb
    Commented Mar 15, 2017 at 15:24

Another alternative is The Archive Browser. It is a commercial tool as well but will show the contents of various file types.

From the site:

The Archive Browser lets you easily peek into the archive, find the files you need, preview and extract them without unarchiving everything. Quick Look any file or folder and open them right from the archive

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