Lock Zip File on Mac

Easy Way to Password Protect ZIP Files on Mac

October 25, 2017 05:23 pm / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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Nowadays, many people write and store many sensitive and confidential files on their Mac. One of the concerns is the security of the data. Some users may want to create encrypted Zip files on Mac to keep the special folder away from spying eyes. This post will show you how to protect a Zip folder with a password on Mac.

Part 1: How to Create Password Protected Zip Folder on Mac
Part 2: How to Open Encrypted Zip Files on Mac

Part 1: How to Create Password Protected Zip Folder on Mac

  • Find the file or folder you want to lock and right-click on it, select “Compress” and click the mouse to zip the file.
  • compress folder
  • Go to Finder, scroll down to “Utilities” and select “Terminal” from the folder. Or you press command and space keys at the same time to launch the Spotlights search. Type “Terminal” in Spotlight on Mac to open it.
  • terminal window
  • Type the following command to encrypt a file or folder.
    zip -e archive_name target_folder
    zip -er archive_name target_folder
  • Then the archive utility window will pop out and ask you to enter a password. Type into the password and click “OK”.
  • enter password
  • Verify the password by typing it again when prompted and click “OK” to close the window.

Part 2: How to Open Encrypted Zip Files on Mac

To unlock a password protected Zip file, double click it and then enter the password. Or you can right click on it and choose an application you want to use to open it.

unlock zip

However, if you forgot the password for the encrypted Zip file or folder, things will become a little annoying. You can still choose the “Terminal” application to unlock it.

  • Open “Terminal Utility” on your Mac by searching in the Spotlights or fining the icon on Launchpad.
  • open terminal
  • When the Terminal window shows up, type “unzip -P password (Drag zip file) -d (Drag your destination folder)”.
  • unzip file
  • Press “Enter” and it will show the password for the locked Zip file in seconds.
  • Now you can double-click the Zip and enter the password to get access to it quickly.
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