I have some very large zip files contains thousands of files. I only need to unzip one or two files within it. In Windows, this can be easily done with most common programs like WinRAR or WinZIP. But in Mac OS X, I cannot find any software with the same functionality.

  • Can you not just drag said files out of the folder? This is what I usually do but I use windows and I have very limited experience with any of the mac OS's Jul 10, 2014 at 1:39
  • related: superuser.com/q/196227/303573
    – RJHunter
    Jul 14, 2014 at 14:27
  • @RJHunter Would you please post a reply so I can mark it as the answer? Jul 14, 2014 at 15:20

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For the records, there are/were various UI options able to browse zip's contents and extract them selectively. The ones I know:

However, if you know the path to the files you wanna extract, it may be more efficient (and cheap) the command-line suggested above.

unzip archive.zip path/inside/zip

Add -j (junk paths) to remove subdirectories.

Use zipinfo (equivalent to unzip -Z) or unzip -l to list files.

  • Thank you. This is a way but must I use command line to complete this task? Isn't there any GUI applications available for this? Jul 11, 2014 at 3:25

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