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This post examples how to zip files using mac terminal


zip (zipfile) (file1) (file2) (fileN)


unzip (zipfile)


Given a directory with 3 files:

% ls -las
total 0
0 drwxr-xr-x   5 xxxxxxxx  wheel  160 Dec  3 14:53 .
0 drwxrwxrwt  24 root      wheel  768 Dec  3 14:52 ..
0 -rw-r--r--   1 xxxxxxxx  wheel    0 Dec  3 14:53 file1
0 -rw-r--r--   1 xxxxxxxx  wheel    0 Dec  3 14:53 file2
0 -rw-r--r--   1 xxxxxxxx  wheel    0 Dec  3 14:53 file3

Create zip file my-zip.zip:

% zip my-zip.zip file1 file2 file3
  adding: file1 (stored 0%)
  adding: file2 (stored 0%)
  adding: file3 (stored 0%)

To unzip:

% unzip my-zip.zip 
Archive:  my-zip.zip
 extracting: file1                   
 extracting: file2                   
 extracting: file3 

Zip utility

jasonray@Jason-MacBook-2021 jayray.net % zip Copyright (c) 1990-2008 Info-ZIP - Type ‘zip “-L”’ for software license. Zip 3.0 (July 5th 2008). Usage: zip [-options] [-b path] [-t mmddyyyy] [-n suffixes] [zipfile list] [-xi list] The default action is to add or replace zipfile entries from list, which can include the special name - to compress standard input. If zipfile and list are omitted, zip compresses stdin to stdout. -f freshen: only changed files -u update: only changed or new files -d delete entries in zipfile -m move into zipfile (delete OS files) -r recurse into directories -j junk (don’t record) directory names -0 store only -l convert LF to CR LF (-ll CR LF to LF) -1 compress faster -9 compress better -q quiet operation -v verbose operation/print version info -c add one-line comments -z add zipfile comment -@ read names from stdin -o make zipfile as old as latest entry -x exclude the following names -i include only the following names -F fix zipfile (-FF try harder) -D do not add directory entries -A adjust self-extracting exe -J junk zipfile prefix (unzipsfx) -T test zipfile integrity -X eXclude eXtra file attributes -y store symbolic links as the link instead of the referenced file -e encrypt -n don’t compress these suffixes -h2 show more help