File Compression

File Compress/Decompress Actions.

Available on macOS version 10.11, 10.12, 10.13, 10.14, 10.15, 11.6, 12.4
for Quicksilver build 4024, 4026, 4039


The File Compression Plugin allows compression and decompression of files using Apple's Archive Utility application. In addition, it supports 7z files using p7zip.



Compresses the object(s) in the first pane using the default compression type (see 'Preferences' section below)

Compress Using…

Allows the object(s) in the first pane to be compressed using one of:


Decompress files using Archive Utility or


The plugin adds a preference pane to Quicksilver, allowing you to:

Trigger Events

Event Triggers can be run based on two events in this plugin: Compress and Decompress. For both actions, the "Event Trigger Object" will refer to the archive file.

Decompressing Multiple Times

If you decompress multiple times into the same folder, Archive Utility will rename files at the top-level to avoid a conflict. By contrast, p7zip will rename files within nested folders , so do not be surprised if decompressing multiple times does not produce separate copies of a decompressed folder.

  1. The tbz2 extension is used as opposed to tbz, since this is the OS-preferred extension. ↩