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 3.11.5

• Introduces a new feedback form and a crash reporter.
• Fixes an issue that sometimes made it impossible to extract archives from Finder.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5

27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Best choice


This app never let me down. It works under all weather conditions.

Did what it says on the tin. Now I can’t read the tin so it doesn’t

Simon Beech

This was a pretty useful app I had in the background. If Mac OS couldn’t open something I could launch this and try. Now Unarchiver wants to be your default app. It wants that so much it puts that ‘suggestion’ over the user interface to stop you doing anything but make it your default app; you know, the sort of thing a malware app designer would do it.

I must point out very clearly and strongly, The Unarchiver IS NOT MALWARE but designing it in a way to force the user to make a decision like this, even if that is the only way to make Unarchiver function propoperly (this isn’t communicated to the user installing it) is poor design at best. It looks horrible when you first start it up.

Without making it the default option for opening compressed files it doesn’t work and because of that I’ve uninstalled it after using it for as long as I can remember (I own the device, I like to decide what apps are default and what aren’t.)

Make that installation less oppresive or at least pretend I have a choice (Even "thanks for your time but without completing this step Unarchiver won't work, click here to uninstall it” is a choice) and this could be great again. Obscuring the interface with black and white-low res text is akin to a vaccuum salesman rocking up to your front door dressed as a bankrobber.

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.



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