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Unzipping files on macOS
Unzipping files on macOS

Download with Filemail Desktop instead (or use to unzip on mac)

Updated over a week ago

We create a zip file if you upload multiple files to ensure our service is as smooth and as secure as possible. This gives you the fastest upload rate, and the recipients an equally fast way of downloading the transfer. It doesn't matter what size the files individually are, when you use our app to upload more than one file at a time a .zip file will be created.

Opening transfers (especially those larger than 4GB) is a feature that's proven to be difficult for the built-in apps of both old Windows versions and Mac. To open ZIP files larger than 4 GB, the program opening the archive needs to support Zip64 archives, and the built in solutions in Windows and macOS don't support this yet. They also struggle with localization/filenames.

  • · The best way to download files is to use our desktop file transfer apps available for both Windows and Macs. Downloading is much faster compared to web browsers - and all files are automatically extracted for you. Simply install this application and copy/paste the URL of the download page into the app.

If you still need to unzip files - here is what we recommend:

  • On Windows we recommend using WinRar, which is free. It supports all common compression formats such as ZIP and RAR.

  • For Mac we recommend Keka - it's free and works a lot better than the built in Archive Utility on macOS. 

After installing one of these apps, please ensure you open your zip file with this program and not the one already installed on your device. 

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