File compresor/decompresor

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by kaintxu, May 4, 2019.

  1. kaintxu macrumors regular

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    Hi guys,

    Haven't use one of this for a while, but now with the new machine and all, looking for a free file compressor/decompressor.

    It's not something I will use often, that's why I'm looking for a free version, and mainly to decompress more than compress. Any idea on which can be the best option.

    Cheers
     
  2. mikzn macrumors 65816

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    Usually you can just double click the file to "uncompress" - have you tried that?

    To compress a folder or file - Right Click the file < and choose Compress - or press CTRL + the folder for the contextual menu?
     
  3. kaintxu thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok, no I haven't. I'm a moron. Just tried and worked just fine. Thanks.

    Still, It'll be good to have a tool in case I want to compress something at some point. Any options.

    Also, if you can just double click on it, what's the real use of the app The Unarchiver on the App Store?
     
  4. NoBoMac macrumors 68020

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    None really, if just doing zip.

    Some other formats, for example 7z, need something else, like Unarchiver.
     
  5. mikzn macrumors 65816

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    Like NoBoMac said - I don't think there is a need for an "Unarchiver"

    I have not had any files that did not uncompress by double clicking - maybe there are some special proprietary compression formats that don't work - but I have not run into any
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    To compress a folder or file - Right Click the file (Control + Click) < and choose Compress - or press CTRL + Click the folder for the contextual menu
     
  6. NoBoMac macrumors 68020

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    Not at my Mac right now, but believe also can use Finder > File > Un/Compress

    And the cog/gear in the Finder window.

    Got options.
     
  7. kaintxu thread starter macrumors regular

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  8. techwarrior macrumors 65816

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    Built in tools don't compress much, but rather put the files and folders into a zip archive which is really just a single file that contains multiple files and folders.

    There are tools like WinZip (yes for Mac) that can compress files. Stuffit, WinRAR, Keka, p7Zip, etc that can compress. Built in tools can decompress virtually any .zip file, as well as several other archive formats including .exe self extracting zip files.
     

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