Safari is the default web browser on Mac devices. If you are new to Mac and use Safari as your main web browser, you might be surprised with a fact that Safari automatically extracts the ZIP files you downloaded from the internet. This default setting is quite annoying if you often download ZIP files (e.g., WordPress plugins). Can it be disabled?
The reason why Apple makes Safari automatically extract ZIP files maybe is regarding the security issue. By automatically extracting a ZIP file, you can easily find suspicious files contained in a ZIP file.
If you are convinced that the ZIP files you downloaded never contain suspicious file, you can disable the default setting on Safari that automatically extract the downloaded ZIP file. First off, launch Safari. Go to the Safari menu on the menu bar and select Preferences.
On the appearing settings window, uncheck the Open “safe” files after downloading option on the General tab.
That’s it. From now on, Safari will save your ZIP file instead of extracting it every you download it from the internet.