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The Unarchiver is designed to handle many more formats than Archive Utility, and to better fit in with the design of the Finder. It can also handle filenames in foreign character sets, created with non-English versions of other operating systems. I personally find it useful for opening Japanese archives, but it should handle many other languages just as well.
It is very simple to use and install - simply copy it into your Applications folder, or whereever else you might prefer, and then set it as the default program for archive files. This can be done either from the preferences panel in the program itself, or in the Finder.
Supported file formats include Zip, Tar-GZip, Tar-BZip2, RAR, 7-zip, LhA, StuffIt and many other old and obscure formats. See the supported formats page for a more complete list of supported formats.
Download it now from the Mac App Store! The Unarchiver is completely free, and will always remain free. If you appreciate the hard work that has gone into writing it, you can use the buttons below to donate and support the developer.
Apple M1 support is here.
- WARC 1.1 is now partially supported.
- The Unarchiver would occasionally crash on older systems. That has been fixed.
- We tweaked extraction settings to feel even more system-like
- Hardened Runtime was enabled
- New icon is here.
- UI was given a makeover: we leveled every string of text and measured every indent.
- Localizations were meticulously checked, fixed and then checked again. BTW, did you find an error? Tell our support and we'll fix it right away.
- Speed was improved. You can now get the contents of the archive you've just downloaded much much faster.
- More RAR4, RAR5 and multipart fixes mean even more weird archives could and will be extracted.
- Symbolic links inside of ZIP archives won't be broken upon extraction anymore.
- Sometimes, upon trying to open an especially large archive, The Unarchiver would crash. That has been fixed.
- Password protected archives used to crash The Unarchiver in some cases. Well, not anymore!
- Extracting multiple files won't bug you with multiple "Extract to.." pop-ups.
- Sømé characters in file and folder names caused random crashes. We've fixed that.
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