Apple Archive Utility

Version10(as of 5/7/2021)
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Main Features

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

Software Overview

Screenshot of Apple Archive Utility 10
Screenshot of Apple Archive Utility 10

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, LZMA (.7Z), 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.

Primary File Type

zip icon.ZIPZipped File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.ZIPZipped File
.7Z7-Zip Compressed File
.BZBzip Compressed File
.BZ2Bzip2 Compressed File
.BZIP2Bzip2 Compressed Archive
.CPGZCompressed CPIO Archive
.CPIOUnix CPIO Archive
.GZGnu Zipped Archive
.HQXBinHex 4.0 Encoded File
.PAXPAX Archive
.TARTape Archive
.TBZBzip Compressed Tar Archive
.TBZ2Bzip2-Compressed TAR File
.TGZGzipped Tar File
.TXZXZ Compressed Tar Archive
.UUUuencoded File
.XIPmacOS Signed Archive
.XZXZ Compressed Archive
.ZUnix Compressed File
Updated 5/7/2021