How to add files to an existing zip file?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by spunkybart, Apr 9, 2009.

  1. spunkybart macrumors newbie

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    In Windows, if I wanted to add files to an existing zip file, I just dragged the files onto the zip and they would be added.

    How do I do this on the Mac?

    Dragging the files in Finder onto the existing zip file doesn't seem to do anything.

    And if I double click on the zip file, it just gets automatically expanded. So, I don't get any option to add files.
     
  2. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a

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    i am pretty sure its not possible out of the box. you will have to install any 3rd party software for this (stuffit maybe ?)
     
  3. spunkybart thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Angelo -- I have Stuffit Expander, but that doesn't really give me the option to add additional files to an existing zip file.

    I'm still looking online, but I haven't found a utility yet.

    Thanks for your reply!
     
  4. primalman macrumors 6502a

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    Expand the ZIP, drop in your new files to the folder, re-ZIP. Done. Yes, not the same as you had, but this is easy stuff.
     
  5. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    You can use the command-line zip program to do this. Sure, it's a pain if you're not used to the UNIX shell prompt. I do it all the time, though.
     
  6. Wowzera macrumors 6502a

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    Can you tell us how ?
     
  7. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Typing:
    Code:
    man zip
    ...at the shell prompt explains all the options. Concisely:
    To add a few files to an existing zip archive:
    Code:
    zip /path/to/zipfile.zip file1 file2 file3
    To add an entire directory full of files, along with all subdirectories it contains:
    Code:
    cd /path/to/directory/to/add
    zip -r /path/to/zipfile.zip *
    Careful with that second command - it'll add EVERYTHING, even those pesky .DS_Store files. You probably don't want those, so, here's how to fix that:
    Code:
    zip -d /path/to/zipfile.zip *.DS_Store
     
  8. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a

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    Well done for the command line tips ;-)

    Just seen today on the front page exactly what you are looking for :
    http://www.mupromo.com/deal/816/5801/betterzip

    It's named BetterZip and allows to add files to an existing archive, might fit to you ;-)
     
  9. zixuTech macrumors newbie

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    Buggy but does the job, crashes quite often as well on Yosemite
     
  10. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    Stuffit expander doesn’t create zip files - it’s just for expanding files created by stuffit (mostly for their .sit format). He his talking about Stuffit Deluxe which does more zip file management.
     

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