WinZip for Mac

  • Trial version
  • In English
  • V 8
  • 3.2
  • (515)
  • Security Status

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Simple file zipping solution

WinZip is a trialware program that lets you zip and unzip files on Apple Mac, iOS, Android, and Microsoft Windows PC devices. The Mac OS user interface is particularly easy to use. WinZip supports over a dozen file formats: JAR, LHA, RAR, WAR, Zip, Zipx, 7Z, etc. You can create Zip archives with the software owned by Corel Corporation and developed by WinZip Computing.

SecureZip, WinRAR, and 7-Zip are alternative compression software that let you compress and decompress documents. SecureZip and WinRAR are officially available on Mac operating systems, while 7Zip has an unofficial version. The developers of SecureZip have separate software for PCs: PKZip.

Is there a free version of WinZip?

WinZip offers a free trial of the licensed packages. The packing program does not require your credit card information for the trial. If you decide to buy a plan, then you only have to pay one time. The packages are not subscription-based.

Is WinZip a virus? Is WinZip safe?

WinZip is safe to download and install onto your OS. A notification may appear when you launch the application for the first time on your Mac. The notice will let you know that the app was downloaded from the internet. The announcement may appear often with newly installed apps. If you want to disable the warning message, then you can in system preferences.

The ‘Security & Privacy’ tab will let you allow apps to be downloaded from anywhere. Additionally, you can click on the ‘Open’ button on the warning. The window will appear to let you read the privacy statement. You will need to agree to the end-user license agreement before you can use the Zip utility. WinZip does not contain adware nor malware.

What is the point of WinZip?

You can use WinZip to pack and unpack files and folders. You are compressing files together when you pack. WinZip lets you save storage space on your Mac OS. You can reduce file sizes and increase download and upload speeds. File compression lets you easily email large files to overcome attachment restrictions. You and the recipient will benefit from WinZip.

The productivity program will let you manage popular file types. BZip, GZip LZMA2, JAR, LHA, RAR, Tar, Unix, Vdisk, WAR, Zip, Zipx, and 7Z files are compressed and supported file formats. Additionally, you can create Zip files. The Zipx file is the smallest file size available in WinZip. You can use the ZSTD method to quickly compress and decompress archives.

WinZip connects to cloud-based storage tools to give you the best sharing experience: Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, OneDrive, and ZipShare. The cloud storage systems that you use will be listed beneath ‘Cloud Services’ in the user interface. You can press the ‘Add Cloud’ button to link to another cloud account. You can optimize your storage by compressing multiple cloud files together to save space.

WinZip lets you conveniently organize your cloud services in the UI. You can delete and rename stored files easily. WinZip uses secure 128-bit or 256-bit AES encryption to protect you from unwanted entries. You can protect your files with passwords.

Do I need WinZip on my computer?

WinZip has an easy-to-use UI that resembles the ‘Finder’ tool. You can adjust the view in the upper left corner. The default screen will be separated into three panes. The drag-and-drop design lets you intuitively manage archives. You can customize the user experience with either the light or dark mode designs.

The ‘Add’ and ‘Unzip’ buttons deliver one-click functionality to let you add and extract files quickly. The file or folder you click on will appear in the central panel. If an archive is zipped, then you can click on the arrow next to the file name to expand the contents.

You will have options to save or share the archive in the ‘Actions’ area: ‘Save as’, ‘Email’, ‘Share via clipboard’, and ‘Share elsewhere’. You can tap the ‘Unzip’ button at the top or bottom of the window to unpack the files. A loading bar will appear to show you the progress. You can click the ‘Cancel’ button to stop the process.

Email integration lets you email archives directly from the WinZip app. A ‘Share’ button will be next to the ‘Email’ icons to let you share files to Facebook, Twitter, etc. The ‘Burn to Disc’ button lets you back up archives onto CDs and DVDs.

A list of action items is located on the right side to convert and protect your files. You can click on the ‘Actions’ button to open the menu. Files that you add to the zip can be encrypted. WinZip lets you resize photos inside of the zipped files. Additionally, you can convert images into an archive.

Is 7Zip better than WinZip?

7-Zip is free and open-source software, while WinZip is trialware. 7Zip has a higher compression ratio than WinZip. Additionally, 7-Zip offers more file formats to pack and unpack. While 7-Zip is the better overall file archiver, the Mac version of the software is only available as a command-line edition made by an independent developer.

Intuitive file archiver for Mac

WinZip is a user-friendly compressor and decompressor for archives on Mac operating systems. The built-in ‘Quick Look’ tool on Mac systems lets you search within a zip file. WinZip lets you integrate your email and cloud services to access your accounts within the app. The content you share with WinZip will be secured with an AES encryption. Additionally, you can set up passwords to protect your archives.

What’s new?

New software updates are delivered on a regular basis to add new features. The developers upgrade the service to maintain relevancy with new operating system versions. Updates are automatically included in the license that you purchase. The operating system version number will be listed when you check for new updates in WinZip.


  • Easy to use
  • Cross-platform
  • AES encryption
  • Attractive user interface
  • One-click and drag and drop
  • Integration with email and cloud services


  • Not an extensive list of file formats

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WinZip for Mac

  • Trial version
  • In English
  • V 8
  • 3.2
  • (515)
  • Security Status

User reviews about WinZip

  • supersuperluigi9

    by supersuperluigi9

    It pretends to be a free zip installer but barely works and says whoops give us money after the free trial.

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    its very nice.
    its very good we can easy li crake the software and our pc are save

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Don't bother, it immediately wants a pay for registration code..
    Useless as the alleged trial version immediately demanded a paid for registrati More


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