Split and Join Files on Mac

This’s cool really. In the following short words, i will show you how to Compress (zip or rar) , Split and Joins big files on Mac without the third party software. FREE and Easy solution.

I have shared too may famous and heavy games recently. I therefore need to zip the game, then split it into smaller parts to make it able to accomplish the upload. In another aspect, my visitors could download all parts completely and before they joining (combining) them to get the final game. I have used too many different apps to do my tasks, however, dealing with the big files, common apps seem to not to be helpful. I finally figure it out that all things can be done through Terminal on Mac.

Terminal can be called though Applications/Utilities

How to compress File on Mac?

To compress:

zip -r archive_name.zip folder_to_compress

Tip: How to get the folder_to_compress quickly? Just type “zip -r archive_name.zip” then make a space, then drug the target folder into the Terminal Window.

To extract:

unzip archive_name.zip

The above command lines does not include the output direction, so the output files will be found under “Users/your_user/” (mine is Users/administrator/).

How to Split and Join big Files on Mac

To make it easy, i am going to split the Rise.of.the.Tomb.Raider.v1.02.zip (31Gb) into smaller parts (each part is < or = 5000 Mb).

  • From terminal Window, copy and paste the following command line with a space at the end.

split -b 5000m 

  • And then drag and drop the targeted file into the terminal
split -b 5000m /Users/administrator/Downloads/Viking/Rise.of.the.Tomb.Raider.v1.02.zip Rise.of.the.Tomb.Raider.v1.02.zip

Split files mac

  • And then make only a space, and then type the output name without space at your desire (mine is Rise.of.the.Tomb.Raider.v1.02.zip), then Enter.
split -b 5000m /Users/administrator/Downloads/Viking/Rise.of.the.Tomb.Raider.v1.02.zip Rise.of.the.Tomb.Raider.v1.02.zip

Spit files on Mac

  • The process then takes a while, all small parts (output) will be found under “Users/your_user/” (mine is Users/administrator/).

Split big file on Mac

How to Join Files on Mac?

Let’s keep going with the following steps to join all the part files generated above.

  • From Terminal Window, copy and paste the following command line with a space at the end.
cat 
  • And then drag all part files into terminal window after “Cat “.
  • And then make a space, then add “> “, then type the file name without space at your desire (Mine is “Rise.of.the.Tomb.Raider.v1.02”), then press Enter.

  • The process then takes a while, the combination file will be found under “Users/your_user/” (mine is Users/administrator/).