Macos – Compress files from OS X terminal


In the Finder, there is this wonderful ability to right click on a file or directory, select compress from the drop-down, and end up with a zipped file.

Is it possible to do the same thing from the terminal?

Best Answer

It's called zip.

This adds the file file to the archive

zip file

Of course, to add more files, just add them as arguments to the command. Check out man zip for more options.

Often, you'll want to skip including those pesky .DS_Store files, for example compressing the whole folder folder into

zip -vr folder/ -x "*.DS_Store"
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