Safari unzips .zip and .gz files after downloading. How can I stop this behavior?

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In the menu bar, go Safari -> Preferences. In the "General" tab, uncheck "Open 'safe' files after downloading". This will stop Safari from automatically unzipping the files.

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    don't know since when it is the case, but for me and a fresh mojave installation the checkbox did not appear. i first had to activate developer options under Advanced > Show Develop menu in menu bar. Afterwards more options appeared on the general tab.
    – isaias-b
    Apr 7, 2019 at 12:06

Just hold the ⌥ alt button while clicking on the download links.

Tested on OS X Mavericks.

  • Still works fine in Yosemite, and is a useful "I only want to do this occasionally" option. Jan 18, 2016 at 10:37
  • Still works on Big Sur (Intel)
    – ThorstenC
    Jul 21, 2021 at 10:16

In Preferences, at the bottom of the General tab, uncheck the "Open "safe" files after downloading" check box.


Check out this article if you want to keep the "Safe Downloads" behavior but tweak it a little.

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