Unzipping Files Using Terminal- Mac Only

Terminal is an application that provides provides text-based access to the operating system, in contrast to the mostly graphical nature of the user experience of OS X, by providing a command lined interface to the operating system.  It is located in the Utilities folder within the Applications folder.  You can also access it by searching for Terminal in OSX's search function, located in the top right part of the screen within the Finder.

Windows/PC users: Try WinRAR should a workaround be needed to unzip a folder!

Step 1- Move .zip File to the Desktop

Move your desired .zip file to the desktop, it will make it easier to find your .zip file.

Step 2- Open Terminal

You can either search for Terminal in upper right corner or locate it in the Utilities folder, which is in the Applications folder.

Search for Terminal Using Mac Search

Search for Terminal Using Mac Search 

Step 3- Change Directory to Desktop

When you have terminal open, type in the following commands- 

Last login: Wed Jan 28 13:47:29 on console

Joshuas-MacBook-Pro-2:~ joshuaerickson$ cd desktop

(Commands to type are in BOLD)

This means to Change Directory to Desktop.

Step 4- Unzip File 


 unzip {name of your zipped file}.zip

Last login: Wed Jan 28 13:47:29 on console

Joshuas-MacBook-Pro-2:~ joshuaerickson$ cd desktop

Joshuas-MacBook-Pro-2:desktop joshuaerickson$ unzip test.zip

Terminal will then spit out a few lines of code indicating that your zip file has been unzipped and the files within the folder should now be available on your desktop.



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