The Archive Browser, application from the creators of The Unarchiver, lets you easily peek into the archive, find the files you need, preview and extract them without unarchiving everything. Quick Look any file or folder and open them right from the archive.

It is based on The Unarchiver, which means it can handle a large number of different archive formats: It can handle 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. It will also handle different filename encodings gracefully. It supports password protected archives.

For the curious, it will also show you a lot of information about the archives and their contents.

What's New

Version 1.11.2

* Minor bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

4 out of 5

13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Now my go-to archive utility


There are just some times when I get an archive, and I just want to look inside. I really don’t want to expand the archive just for a quick look. For instance those times when I get around to trying to figure out where to file an old archive or what tags to attribute to it.

I am also pleasantly surprised that I can dig into Microsoft Office documents that have embedded documents, and extract the documents — doesn’t keep all of the file attributes, but gives me a chance to look and see the embedded document.

It’s turned into one of my go-to utility in my toolkit.

Crashes and Will Not Force Quit in Sierra


I liked this software before but ever since OS X Sierra this needs an update. I’ve had several instances now where the software stops responding and will not quit even when using force quit in the dock, menu bar, and command line— preventing the user from logging out or restarting the computer. The only solution I found was to uninstall the software while it is locked up and then run a command that forces all applications to close and logs the user out.

Without an update I’d avoid this if you are using Sierra. This has been tested and is reproducible on two different macs, a 2009 iMac and a 2014 macbook Pro, so it seems to be a software issue that arose since Sierra.

Doesn't support MacOS Sierra


This app was great a year ago. It hasn’t been updated to support MacOS Sierra. It doesnt open many zip and rar files like it used to. It also doesnt support zip files larger than 4GB. This app really needs to be updated so it can be used.


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