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2 Ways to Password Protect Zip Files on Mac (Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra)

By Emily Watson, Wednesday, July 10, 2019

It's convenient to create a zip file by right-clicking a folder then using the compress command from the pop-up menu. However, if your data in the zip file are sensitive, you might not want that everyone can double click the zip file and see them. Thus, password protection to the zip file is needed in this circumstance. This tutorial will show you 2 ways to password protect zip files on Mac (Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra).

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1. Password Protect ZIP Files on Mac with An App (Fewer Steps)

Hidata is an app providing a secure and easy way for users to keep their data private on Mac. You can hide your zip file with this single app without sophisticated operations.

Step 1: Download Hidata to your Mac. 


Step 2: Launch Hidata, set up your password and password hint lest you forget the password. It is also available to save the passcode to Keychain.


Step 3: Upload your zip file by clicking Add or the "+" symbol or just simply dragging your zip files to the app. 

Step 4: After the zip files are added to Hidata, make sure to turn on the switch button on the right side of each zip file you've just uploaded. Now your zip files have disappeared from their original location. 

Password Protect Zip File

Step 5: To re-access to your zip files next time, you need to launch Hidata and enter the password you have set up before. 

2. Password Protect ZIP File on Mac with Terminal(More Steps) 

Mac also provides an approach for users to password protect zip files. Compared with using Hidata, it might be a bit more complicated. Here are the steps to password protect zip files on Mac with Terminal. 

Step 1: Launch Terminal on your Mac. 

Step 2: In Terminal, type in "zip –er [output path] [folder path]", for example, "zip -er ~/Desktop/ ~/Desktop/hidata", and then press enter. 

Password Protect ZIP File with Terminal

Step 3: Type in your password and hit enter. 

Step 4: Type in your password again for verification and hit enter. 

Enter Password for Encrypting ZIP File

Step 5: Wait for Terminal to process. 

Step 6: Now your folder has been zipped and password protected. You can double click the generated zip file and enter your password to unzip your file. 

Unzip Zip File

Now your zip files are password protected on Mac. No need to worry about your privacy! 

3. Unzip Password Protected ZIP File on Mac

Unzipping password protected zip files is simpler than creating one. As mentioned above, you can unzip a password protected zip file simply by double-clicking the zip file and enter your password you have set up. You can also use Terminal to unzip a password protected zip file: 

Step 1: Launch Terminal. 

Step 2: Enter "unzip [zip file path]", for example, "unzip ~/Desktop/", and hit enter. 

Terminal Unzip

Step 3: Enter the zip file password. Now your password protected zip files are unzipped!

Terminal Unzip Password

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