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The Unarchiver

By Dag Agren

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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 in Version 3.11.1

* 3.11.1: Fixed spurious error message when extracting multi-part RAR files.
* Support for RAR version 5 archives.
* Only unpack an archive once when accidentally opening multiple parts of the same archive.
* Handle opening archives with huge number of parts better.
* Fix crash when opening certain tiny archives.
* Bug fixes for zip64, NSIS, and Squeeze.


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Customer Reviews

the Darkened screen

I just downloaded it, seems liek a good thing, my only issue is there’s this annoying screen overlaid on top of Preferences “advising” me how to make this app a default unzipper for my all files (thank you, I’ve been using mac for a little bit longer than two days I know such basics) but the problem is I have no idea how to get rid of it. And it seems important as it covers a list of all possible files this app could open for me. IT’s really annoying, also I tried to go to the website service support and it seems it ahs been abandoned in 2011. It’s a nice app, it does what it promises and it’s for free so I don’t want to be a grumpy one, but please please remove this useless screen from preferences.


Does what it says

Unarchiver handles large zipped files beyond 4GB. The built in one on mac OS X can fail doing this. This app works and works well.

Its really designed to be used from the file that needs to be unzipped rather than as a front end by itself. E.g. change the default app for uninstalling to this app. Its better and more flexible than the Mac one so do it and forget about it.

Unclear as how people can find fault with an app thats free, better than the one supplied by Apple.

Should be built into the operating system

It feels as if it is sometimes, simple and clean - Has never failed me.

The Unarchiver
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  • Free
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.11.1
  • Size: 4.4 MB
  • Languages: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Turkish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6.0 or later, 64-bit processor

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