Apple Archive Utility

Apple Archive Utility
  • Company Apple
  • Version 10
  • Platforms
  • License Bundled
  • Category Utility
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1. Main Features

  • Extract files from Zip, bzip2, tar, cbz, gz, cpio, and cpgz archives
  • Pacakage files into Zip, cpio, and cpgz archives
  • Customize how files are extracted and archived

2. Software Overview

Apple Archive Utility is a macOS application that allows users to create and expand archives, such as .ZIP files. It is bundled with macOS and is the default tool macOS uses to handle archives.

Archive Utility can package users' files into Zip, CPIO, or CPGZ archives. It allows users to expand archives that use the Zip, CPIO, CPGZ, bzip2, cbz, tar, gz, jar, tgz, tbz, compress, and uuencode archive formats.

To create an archive using Archive Utility, users simply select all the files they want to package into an archive, right-click one of the files, and then select Compress. To expand an archive using Archive Utility, users simply double-click the archive. (In some cases, you may have to rename the archive to use the .zip extension or another supported extension.)

Advanced users can customize Archive Utility's archiving and expanding processes. The utility allows you to choose where to save expanded files, what to do with archives after expanding them, where to save archives, and what to do with archives after creating them. Users who want to customize Archive Utility's settings can find the app in the Macintosh HD/System/Library/CoreServices/Applications directory.

For most macOS users, Apple Archive Utility will be the only tool they need to create and expand archives. It is built into the macOS operating system, supports most popular archive formats, and even allows you to customize the archiving and expansion process.

3. Supported File Types

Primary file extension:
.ZIP - Zipped File
Other file extensions used by Apple Archive Utility:
# File Extension Name
1 .APEX Android Pony Express Package File
2 .APK Android Package File
3 .BZ Bzip Compressed File
4 .BZ2 Bzip2 Compressed File
5 .BZIP Bzip Compressed Archive
6 .BZIP2 Bzip2 Compressed Archive
7 .CPGZ Compressed CPIO Archive
8 .CPIO Unix CPIO Archive
9 .EBABACKUP EBA Command Center Backup File
10 .EGG Python Distribution Package
11 .GDZ GEDZip Genealogy Data File
12 .GOOMOD World of Goo Add-on
13 .GTAR GNU Tar Archive
14 .GZ Gnu Zipped Archive
15 .GZ2 Misnamed BZ2 File
16 .GZIP Gnu Zipped File
17 .H5P HTML5 Content Package
18 .HQX BinHex 4.0 Encoded File
19 .LQM LG QuickMemo Note
20 .MACBIN Macbinary Encoded File
21 .MCWORLD Minecraft World Backup File
22 .MEMO Samsung Memo
23 .NAR Nokia Image Archive
24 .NFL Nokia Flash Lite Package
25 .NUPKG NuGet Package
26 .ODB OpenDocument Database
27 .OSZ osu! Beatmap File
28 .PAX PAX Archive
29 .PCLX Pencil2D Project
30 .PSZ Compressed PostScript File
31 .PXZ Pixlr Zipped Layered Image
32 .SDOCX Samsung Notes Note
33 .SDZ NCI Compressed Database
34 .SDZ Spring Content Package
35 .SPA Spotify Application
36 .SPK Synology Package
37 .TAR Consolidated Unix File Archive
38 .TAR.GZ Compressed Tarball File
39 .TAR.GZ2 Misnamed BZ2 Tarball
40 .TBZ Bzip Compressed Tar Archive
41 .TBZ2 Tar BZip 2 Compressed File
42 .TGS Telegram Animated Sticker File
43 .TGZ Gzipped Tar File
44 .TINI Chrome OS Crostini Backup
45 .TMF TiVo Video Recording Archive
46 .UUE Uuencoded File
47 .VPK PlayStation Vita Application Package
48 .WIDGET Yahoo! Widget
49 .WMZ Compressed Windows Metafile
50 .XIP macOS Signed Archive
51 .XZ XZ Compressed Archive
52 .ZI_ Renamed Zip File
53 .ZPI Zipped File

Updated: May 13, 2021

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