Unzip File Mac Command Line


Jun 10, 2007 Mac OS X: Unzip Items From the Command Line. Unzip items from the command line. For example, if you wanted to unzip a file called myfile.zip you can use the following command: unzip myfile.zip Or if you wanted to unzip all the zipped files in a directory you could cd to said directory and run this command: unzip.zip. Zip -r archivename.zip foldertocompress. Unzip archivename.zip. If you want to make a zip without those invisible Mac resource files such as “MACOSX” or “.Filename” and.ds store files, use the “-X” option in the command so: zip -r -X archivename.zip foldertocompress.

When exchanging files from Window computer users, it would be nice ifa Mac user could create a zip archive files from the command line thatsupport the WinZip AES256 encryption scheme. Thebuilt in zip and unzip tools that come with Mac OS X only supportthe weaker WinZip/PKZip encryption process.

Regular Zip Archives

To create a zip archive file from the command line is pretty straightforward. Lets say you have a file called resume.txt and you wouldlike to wrap it up in a zip archive, the command would be.

If you wanted to add additional file to the archive, you would addthe filenames to the end of the same command.

To pull a zip archive file list, run the unzipcommand with the list -l option.

All of these commands are handy, but they will not help us when weneed to work with zip archives using the more updated AES256encryption scheme.

AES256 Encrypted Zip Files

Using Homebrew, one can install the Posix port of the 7-zip project,which does support the WinZip AES256 encryption scheme.

Once installed, run the command 7za to access the program. Thecommand below builds a new AES256 encrypted zip archive with thepassword “cookie77MONSTER”.

To get a list of the contents, run either the unzip -l command or the 7za l.

Unzip File Mac Command Line Script

The unzip command reports as follows.

GUI Clients

Unzip File Mac Command Line Cheat Sheet

Unzip file mac command line script

If you would prefer using a GUI client, WinZip sells a nice Mac version for $30 USD.
The encryption scheme defaults to the older version, so be sure to select the AES256 option in the preference window.

Unzip 7z File Mac Command Line

— Chris

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