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Ziplight - Search by filename within zip archives Pick of the Week
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A quick Pick of the Week this week -- Ziplight is a free Spotlight plug-in that adds the ability to search for filenames within zip archives. Download the plug-in and add it to the Library » Spotlight folder (your user's Library folder if you'd like to make it available just for your use, or in the top-level Library folder for all users to use). Log out and back in, then let Spotlight update its index. Once the update is done, you can use Spotlight to search by filename within zip archives -- if a match is found, Spotlight will return (via Ziplight) the name of the archive containing the file. If you keep lots of old stuff on your drive, but inside zip archives to ease space requirements, this is a very useful plug-in.

Combine Ziplight with the zip file viewer Quick Look plug-ins as decscribed in this hint and its comments, and you've got a reasonably complete solution for working with zip archives. It'd be nice if Ziplight actually let you search the contents of zipped archives, but this would be impractical -- the program would have to fully expand each zip file in order for Spotlight to index its contents. Usually I know at least some portion of the filename I'm looking for, and Ziplight will help me discover which archive it may be hiding in.

Dan Frakes covered Ziplight in more detail in this Mac Gems entry back in January.
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what about tar files
Authored by: SOX on May 12, '08 12:13:33PM

I rarely use Zip archives. Does this also handle tar-zip ?

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what about tar files
Authored by: aGr[j5(6WU on May 12, '08 04:50:01PM
As I was looking through the Apple Downloads, I came across this:

I haven't tried it, but the blurb suggests it's right up your alley.

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