File Extension Library

.ZIP File Extension

  • Developer by: Phil Katz
  • Category: Compressed Files
  • Format: Zip

What is an .ZIP file?

.ZIP file extension is created by Phil Katz. .ZIP has been classified as Compressed Files. The format of .ZIP file is Zip.

.ZIP is Zipped File

A ZIP file is an archive that contains one or more files compressed or "zipped" using Zip compression. It stores files separately from each other allowing the files to be compressed using different methods and extracted without compressing or decompressing the entire archive.

The Zip format was created in 1989 by Phil Katz and was used in the PKZIP utility developed by PKWARE, Inc. The format grew in popularity and is now supported by most file compression/decompression programs.

Windows users can create ZIP archives by right-clicking a file and selecting "Send to → Compressed (zipped) Folder." Mac OS X users can create ZIP archives by right-clicking a file and selecting "Compress [filename]."

Common ZIP Filenames

New Compressed (zipped) - The name Microsoft Windows gives to new ZIP files created via the context menu (right-click and choose New → Compressed (zipped) Folder).

List of all softwares that can open the Zipped File
File Viewer Plus
Corel WinZip 23
WinRAR 5
ConeXWare PowerArchiver
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe
B1 Free Archiver
Corel WinZip Mac 6.5
Smith Micro StuffIt Deluxe 16
Apple Archive Utility
Incredible Bee Archiver
The Unarchiver
B1 Free Archiver
B1 Free Archiver
File Roller
File Viewer for Android
ZDevs ZArchiver
File Type 2:


Developer by: The MAME Team Category: Game Files Format: Zip

Game file used by MAME arcade video game emulators; may contain the entire contents of the arcade game data, or may be supplemented by .CHD arcade hard disk file, which is required in order to play the game; stored in a compressed .ZIP format.

MAME ROMs are sometimes difficult to load properly due to file format and emulation software differences. Therefore, some emulators are distributed with a tool that verifies whether a ROM can be loaded or not.

List of all softwares that can open the MAME Game ROM

How to Open .ZIP file on different platforms

Open .ZIP File on Windows

  • Right-click a .ZIP
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .ZIP file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .ZIP files" Press "Ok"

Open .ZIP File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .ZIP file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .ZIP File on Linux

Right click on the .ZIP file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .ZIP File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .ZIP file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .ZIP File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .ZIP files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .ZIP files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .ZIP files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .ZIP file format
  2. You need to check the .ZIP file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)