The Unarchiver is a small and easy to use program that can unarchive many different kinds of archive files. It will open common formats such as Zip, RAR (including v5), 7-zip, Tar, Gzip and Bzip2. It will also open many older formats, such as StuffIt, DiskDoubler, LZH, ARJ and ARC. It will even open other kinds of files, like ISO and BIN disc images, some Windows .EXE installers. The list is actually much longer - see the program homepage for the full list.

The Unarchiver also tries to detect and correctly handle the filename encoding in the archives it opens, allowing you to open files from every part of the world without getting garbled filenames.

The Unarchiver aims to be the only unarchiving program you will ever need, and to stay out of your way.

However, if you want to browse the contents of archives, or if you want to support development of The Unarchiver, look for "The Archive Browser" on the Mac App Store, or go to! It lets you browse and preview archive contents, and find out information about archives!

Also, if you need to open archives on your iPad or iPhone, look for "Archives" on the App Store, or go to It is based on The Unarchiver, and lets you easily handle Archives on iOS!

What's New

Version 4.0.0

What a glorious day! We know you've been waiting for this update to happen for so long. And in turn we wanted to bring you something worthy. So, fasten your seat belts, here we go.

• 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.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5

16 Ratings

16 Ratings

Still the best


I have been using this app for 5 years and its all I need for what it does. No hassles, stable app. No need for anything else. Thanks.

Dont doubt, this is the best uncompressing software


Have been using this years, before i've tryed several different types of uncompressing software before, none of them is so smooth and easy using like unarchiver. Reliable function - uncompress all the packets without tiny problem -, Nice icon, password supported. This is like unzip software boundled with os x with additional support of RAR 7-zip, even sitx all the compressed file included. Just what I need. Honestly I'm worried this won't show up in mac app store because it is free and open sourced. But thanks to the developer, it's $99 anual fee to pay a membership as mac developer, this one finally here.

PS: This is only a uncompressing software, no compressing function included, if u r looking for compressing software, this is not suit.

Can't handle batch unarchiving

Jackson Earlsfield

I want to like this application, but I routinely deal with a very large number of files (not multi part) and The Unarchiver just can't handle it, even with the latest update. It keeps getting stuck, or simply refuses to open with just the icon bouncing in the dock. The only way to fix it is to hard reboot OS X and then try again, only for it to happen again.

If this is the best free unzipping app, then you best look at paid ones, because this one is useless if you need to unarchive thousands of files every day. You'd have to pay someone just to moniter it, reboot the computer when it crashes, figure out where it was up to and start it again. Having to restart OS X is just anacceptable.


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