A zip file contains one or more files compressed into a single archive file. An archive must be extracted using compression software to access the files in the archive. The operating systems Windows, OS X and Linux have built-in software to extract.zip files. But you can also use external software. In this article you can read how to do it.
Method 1 of 3: Using built-in software
Step 1. Double click on the zip file
On Windows XP or newer, Mac OS X and Ubuntu Linux, double-clicking a.zip file will automatically activate a built-in unzipping utility. Then you can copy the files to another folder.
OS X will create a new folder next to the zip file when you double-click it, but the folder may not open automatically
Step 2. Right click on the zip file
On Windows and Linux you can right click on the zip file and select "Extract all" or "Extract here". At "Extract all" you can choose a desired location, at "Extract here" the contents of the zip file are placed in the same folder as the zip file.
Method 2 of 3: Using other software
Step 1. Download compression software
The zip format is an open format, so any compression software can create or extract zip files. There are several options available, both free and software that you have to pay for. Here are some popular free options:
- 7zX (Mac OS X)
Step 2. Open the zip file with the software
Once you have installed the new compression software, right-click (command-click on a Mac) on the zip file and select "Open with…". Find your compression software in the list of options and click on it to open the file.
Step 3. Extract the contents
Once the zip file has been extracted, you can move the contents to another folder or move specific files to other locations on your computer.