Archive expander that allows browsing of zip archives

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  1. mduser63 macrumors 68040

    mduser63

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    #1
    Anybody know of a free/cheap (as in not $80 like StuffIt Deluxe) app that will allow you to browse zip archives without unstuffing them? That's one of the very few things that Windows has that I really with OS X had. I have some big zip files and it's a pain to wait for them to unzip when I only need one small file out of them.

    I know StuffIt Deluxe will do what I want, but I'd rather not fork over $80 for such a relatively small capability.
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    #2
    Use Terminal.app.

    List all files in a zip archive: unzip -l zipfile.zip (that's a lower case 'L' in the flag)

    Extract one (or more files): unzip zipfile.zip "path/to/files/filename*.*" (you can give it one specific file, or several or even use *, like if you want all the gifs in a folder called images in the zip file, type: unzip zipfile.zip "images/*.gif")

    For more info, type: man unzip

    It's free! :)
     
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    ZipIt will do what you want, but has a $20.00 shareware fee. Archive Viewer is a donationware solution to your problem.
     
  4. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    There's a Spotlight plugin (available on Apple's download page, I don't remember the name) that can index the names of files inside zip archives.
     
  5. mduser63 thread starter macrumors 68040

    mduser63

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    Thanks for the replies. Archive Viewer seems to not be available anymore, but ZipIt will do the trick. I'll also check out the Spotlight plugin mentioned.
     

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