How to open a file ZIP? Among the many activities you find yourself doing on a daily basis, you have recently had to deal with ZIP files and if you are here now and you are reading this guide, it is obviously because you do not have very clear ideas on how to open them. If things are really like this, you don't have to worry. In fact, I can explain to you, step by step, how to open a ZIP archive, both PC with Windows as in Mac.

Before you can get alarmed and think who knows what I want to let you know right away that, unlike what it seems, open zip files It is a very simple operation to carry out and for the registration of which it is not absolutely necessary to be a computer expert.

However, before giving you all the necessary explanations on how to proceed to open files ZIP, I want you to understand exactly what we are talking about. ZIP files are nothing more than compressed files, it decir, files that contain other files of any other type within them, all gathered and reduced to a minimum number of bytes to take up little space.

Therefore, creating an archive in ZIP format can be particularly convenient if you need to send a large number of files by e-mail or transfer them via storage devices, file sharing services and various other solutions or, again, burn them.

How to open a ZIP file in Windows?

Integrated function

If you have a Windows PC and are interested in understanding how to proceed to open ZIP files, know that no need to download and use program individuals. In fact, Windows offers its users a native function to open files of this type.

To open ZIP files in Windows, you need to locate the compressed file you want to extract, right click on it and select the item Extract everything ... from the menu that is shown to you. Alternatively, double-click directly on the file you intend to act on.

In the window that will open at this point, indicate the position where you want to extract the file by clicking the button Examine … located on the right and selecting the reference path through the window that appears on the screen (I advise you not to change anything so that the compressed file is extracted exactly in the position on the PC where it is now), leave the mark of mark next to the item Show the extracted files at the end of the operation and click on the button extract.

Wait a few moments to ensure that a folder named ZIP is created and that the extraction of the archive starts and completes. At the end of the procedure, the ZIP file will open automatically. You will see a window appear in the desk with the files contained in the compressed file.

Note that if you simply want to see what's inside a certain ZIP file, you are not required to do the above procedure. If you want to open ZIP archives without extracting the content, just double-click the compressed file to display a window with all the elements inside.


Rather than using the native Windows feature to open ZIP files, do you prefer to use some third-party tool that includes more features? Well, in that case I suggest you go to 7-Zip. It is a free program, widely used among users and highly appreciated. The software is available in Italian and allows you to open and create ZIP archives in a very simple and fast way.

If you are interested in finding out what is required to open ZIP files on Windows PC with 7-Zip, the first step you need to take is to connect to the software website. Click on the item Download relative to the 32-bit version or 64 bits of the application based on the operating system you use.

When the download is complete, open the file you just downloaded on your PC and in the window displayed on the screen, first click on yes. At install and finally in close  to finish the 7-Zip installation process.

Now that 7-Zip is installed on your PC, you need to configure it to become the default program for opening ZIP files on your system. To do this, click on the start button attached to the taskbar, type 7-zip in the search field that appears and then click 7-Zip File Manager.

In the window that opens, click on the item Options ... of menu instruments, select the article zip click the two buttons + placed on top and then press the button first apply and then to accept guidance on save the changes.

If you consider it appropriate, you can also make 7-Zip open other types of compressed files. To do this, press the item Options ... located at the top of the program window and then click on the menu instruments. Select all formats or just those of your interest and then click first apply and in to accept.

In the event that the file type association has not been successful, try repeating the operation by starting 7-Zip File Manager with administrator privileges. If you don't know how to do it, just right click on the program icon and select the item Run as administrator from the menu that appears.

Once this is done, to open ZIP files you only have to locate the compressed file whose content you want to see and click twice in a row. Therefore 7-Zip will take action and the files contained in the archive will be accessible from a special program window that will automatically open on the desktop.

To extract the contents of the compressed file to any location on the PC or in another folder, click the button extract   attached to the program window or by selecting the files contained in the archive and dragging them with the mouse to the desired position.

other tools

As an alternative to the solutions for opening ZIP files in Windows that I have already indicated, you can resort to the use of additional special programs that, a bit like 7-Zip, give you different and useful additional features and that can make you feel comfortable even in you want to open other compressed files.

How to open a ZIP file on Mac?

Integrated function

Have a Mac? Then you can open ZIP files by performing a very simple procedure and in some way similar to the one already seen for Windows.

To open ZIP archives on Mac, you need to locate the compressed archive you want to extract and double click on it. Alternatively, you can also open ZIP files on Mac by right-clicking on them and moving the cursor over the item open from the menu that will be shown to you.

Once this is done, you will see it disappear Compression utility (The standard tool available on Mac thanks to which you can open compressed files) and in a few moments you will find directly next to the ZIP file where you clicked on all the items it contained.

iZip Archiver

If instead of using the Compression Utility you prefer to use an alternative application to open ZIP files on your Mac, I suggest iZip Archiver. It is a free application for macOS that allows you to open ZIP files and also other compressed file formats without having to extract them.

If you have decided to use iZip Archiver to open zip files on Mac, the first step you need to take is to connect to the relevant Mac App Store web page.

Click the blue button  View in the Mac App Store and wait for your Mac to open iZip Archiver in the Mac App Store and then click the blue button get located in the upper left to download and install the program on the PC.

If prompted, enter the password for your Apple ID and click the button to access.

Once installation is complete, launch iZip Archiver by clicking its icon attached to the folder applications or call the program through Launchpad or through the magnifying glass and select the item preferences of menu IZIP up to the left.

In the window that opens, click on the item. file associations, put the check mark next to the file formats you want to associate with the program and then click the button close  To save the changes.

You can then open ZIP files with iZip Archiver simply by double-clicking on the compressed file you want to act on. After double-clicking on the file, you will see a window open with the list of files contained in the file.

At this point, you can decide whether you want to view the files directly by opening them with a double click or extracting them to a folder simply by dragging them with the mouse.