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By MacPaw Inc.

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Archives is an unarchiving app for your iPhone or iPad that can open pretty much any archive file in existence. It is based on the extremely popular Mac OS X app "The Unarchiver".

It can open files that have been mailed to you, files you encounter on the web, or even files from your computer through iTunes file sharing. It lets you preview the files inside archives, such as text, images or music. If you have another app installed that can open a file, Archives can also use that app to open contained files.

As it is based on The Unarchiver, it can handle a large number of different archive formats: Common formats like Zip, RAR, 7-zip, Tar, Gzip and Bzip2, as well as older formats like StuffIt, DiskDoubler, LZH, ARJ and ARC. It can also handle other kinds of formats, like CD and DVD images such as ISO, BIN, MDF, NRG and CDI, many Windows self-extracting EXE files, and can even extract media from Flash SWF files and images from PDF files. See the program home page for a full list.

What's New in Version 2.1

* Support for RAR version 5 archives.
* Handle opening archives with huge number of parts better.
* Bug fixes for zip64, NSIS, and Squeeze.


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Customer Reviews

Nice update! Thanks!!

Best of the best on the AppStore and Mac AppStore. Thanks for the update!


Support torrent files

Always on

Once I turned this app on it stayed on - all the time, even when I turn it off. And it becomes active again seemingly on its own. And the author, on his web site, employs Unicode in a way that makes me worry about his intentions because his open-source code is also written in a way that has "hacker" written all over it. And that would be fine if his app stayed off when I give the relevant instruction.

Now, the operating system is not blameless in this sort of behavior. We get far too little say in what runs on these devices and what does not at any given time, and we have little tooling available either to direct traffic or to review what has happened on the system. That said, developers need to give us a break and to be straightforward or/and forthright about running and not running their apps and about what the apps are doing while they run.

I want to like Archives, because it appears to be the most complete app of its type and because I had to pay to get it. I cannot yet trust it, however. Please explain why the app wants to stay on all the time or provide a way to shut it off. The usual method appears to be insufficient in this case.

Otherwise, for unarchiving, it looks good.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $2.99
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.1
  • Size: 6.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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