How to Stop Safari from Automatically Unzipping Downloaded Files on Mac

By default, Safari browser on Mac extracts the ZIP files you downloaded and even deletes the original compressed ZIP files. If that bothers you, there’s an easy way to turn it off, and you can keep your archived downloads in one piece. Here’s how.

First, open Safari on your Mac. In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on “Safari”, then select “Preferences” from the menu that appears. (Or you can press Command + Comma on your keyboard.)

Click on "Preferences" in the Safari menu on Mac.

In the preferences window that appears, click on the “General” tab at the top, then look at the very bottom of the window. Uncheck “Open ‘safe’ files after downloading.”

In Safari's General Preferences on Mac, uncheck "Open files

After that, close the preferences window. The next time you download an archived file with Safari, the archive will remain intact!

You will most likely find the downloaded file in your Downloads folder. If you need to manually unzip the file later, just locate it in Finder and double-click its icon or right-click it and select “Open”. Good navigation !

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