Zip View allows you to quickly view the contents of compressed ZIP (.zip), RAR (.rar) and JAR (.jar) files, and uncompress only those files you choose without having to uncompress the entire archive.

You can quickly preview one or more files in the archive (without uncompressing the entire archive) by simply pressing the Space key to launch Quick Look, or clicking on the Quick Look menu item.

It is a great complement to Finder's built in compress feature.

Zip View is quick and easy to use. Drag an archive file onto Zip View's dock icon or open within the app, and see the contents of the archive in an instant.

Zip View gives you a number of ways to uncompress a file or folder (or the entire archive):

* Using the Actions menu in the toolbar, main menu, or context menu: “Uncompress Archive to Folder…”, “Uncompress Archive to Temporary Folder”, “Uncompress Selected Items to Folder…”, “Uncompress Selected Items to Temporary Folder”.

* Drag and dropping the selected items from Zip View into a folder in Finder.

* Double-clicking an item will open it with the default app for the file.

* Using the Copy menu item (or standard OS X copy menu shortcut) and pasting the selected items into a folder in Finder.

With Zip View you no longer have to uncompress an entire archive to view its contents, or to extract only those files that you really want extracted.

Zip View's big brother Zip View Pro offers similar functionality but with additional support for 7-Zip (.7z) archives.

What's New

Version 2016.0

* Support for macOS 10.12.
* Redesigned UI.

Ratings and Reviews

Waste of $$


This app does not work on Macbook Pro running High Sierra. Fix it or give me my $$ back!

Does the job.. just


This is a good product, and is worth $1.99. However, there are two major shortcomings that I think most users will find annoying. Firstly, even though you can view the contents of an archive, you cannot drag the file into the desired location - you have to select the files you want, click uncompress, and it will put them in the same folder as the archive. So, if that folder is a temp folder, for example, you then have to go and hunt down the files.
Secondly, there does not appear to be a way to associate this program as the default program that Outlook 2011 or Mail uses for unarchiving - this is one of the main reasons I need this software is to look at zip attachments and extract only the files I need. However, this second point may be fixable with an Outlook configuration, nevertheless I would expect the authors of this software to include instructions (ideally detecting that I have Outlook installed) on how to achieve this common use case.

The software does let you look into zip files without the entire archive being decompressed, so this is a good start, and I look forward to updates that fix the above.

Works as expected if ZIP file is on local drive


I saw reviews of previous versions that ranged from "can't open a single file I've tried" to "opens everything I've thrown at it" before purchasing this app, but decided to give it a shot due to its low price. I thought I had wasted my money after trying to open ZIP files that are stored on a Drobo S that is connected via USB to another Mac system and shared across my home network. The Zip View app consistently displayed an error message citing "Error: 1" when attempting to open the files across the network. However, once I copied them to my local drive, it opened them without issue. These ZIP files each contain 6 files and are about 300 KB in size, so I'm not sure why the Zip View app has difficulty opening them across my gigabit-ethernet network.

Once I got past that hiccup, the app has done everything it claims as long as the files I'm trying to open are stored on my local drive. I hope the app's developer will fix this issue, but it is easy enough for me to work around it for now since the ZIP files I'm working with are really small.


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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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