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Protecting our files is essential, how to password lock a zip on Mac?

29 Sep, 2020 Β· 1 min read

If you're on Windows, you might think, but why? Well, Mac doesn't offer a GUI interface for password-protecting zips.

Yes, bizarre, right?

We can right-click a file/folder and compress it into a zip.

But we can protect our zip files by using our best friend The Terminal password!

Mac default zip function

Using terminal to password protect zip files on Mac

So let's open our favorite terminal program (mine is iTerm2) and enter the following command.

zip -er ~/Desktop/super_secure.zip ~/Desktop/secure.csv

The parameters are as follows:

  • zip - The actual zip command
  • -er - Encrypt Recursive
  • ~/Desktop/super_secure.zip - Output zip name
  • ~/Desktop/secure.csv - Input file/folder

Once we run this, we get prompted to type a password.

You don't see any input on these password fields!

Press enter, and you need to verify the password.

Secure-zip on Mac

We now created a secure zip.

If we try to open this zip, we see the following prompt.

Zip with password on Mac

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