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Is there any way to mount a zip (or tar, or any compressed file archive) as a volume on OSX?

If this is a stupid question for some reason (the structure of zip archives), that would be good to know too.

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Yep, if you install FUSE (Filesystem in User Space) and the fuse-zip extension. There is a GUI of sorts for FUSE called MacFuse that I'd recommend using.

You can use FUSE to mount all sorts of things including files over ssh or flickr (yes really!)

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  • Fascinating. Thanks for that and plus 11. Well, plus 1, can't do 11 just yet. – Dan Rosenstark Jan 25 '10 at 16:38
  • It's a pretty interesting bit of software - the sshfs is really handy for pretending that remote files are local. – Rich Bradshaw Jan 25 '10 at 17:14
  • and realizing that your hosting provider (GoDaddy in this case) breaks the connection every few minutes just for fun. Ugh. – Dan Rosenstark Mar 31 '10 at 23:40
  • Nice... That's ridiculous! – Rich Bradshaw Apr 1 '10 at 8:36
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If you prefer simple drag-and-drop then you can use this app with MacFUSE too:

https://www.etresoft.com/#products (scroll down to eTreZip)

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  • posted in 2010, have you tried this? – Dan Rosenstark Oct 17 '12 at 16:37
  • Hi, I have OSX 10.6, and it works nicely. Somebody else has to try it with the Lions. :) – biziclop Oct 17 '12 at 17:49
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Archive Mounter does the job.

An app to mount archives like disk images in macOS. It currently supports ZIP and RAR archives.

Usage

You can run app directly and choose an archive to mount or use it from Finder's Open With context menu.

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