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!)

  • Fascinating. Thanks for that and plus 11. Well, plus 1, can't do 11 just yet. Jan 25, 2010 at 16:38
  • It's a pretty interesting bit of software - the sshfs is really handy for pretending that remote files are local. Jan 25, 2010 at 17:14
  • and realizing that your hosting provider (GoDaddy in this case) breaks the connection every few minutes just for fun. Ugh. Mar 31, 2010 at 23:40
  • Nice... That's ridiculous! Apr 1, 2010 at 8:36

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)

  • posted in 2010, have you tried this? Oct 17, 2012 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, 2012 at 17:49

Archive Mounter does the job.

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


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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