The Unarchiver

The Unarchiver is a much more capable replacement for "Archive", the built-in archive extraction program on Mac OS X. The Unarchiver is designed to handle many more formats than Archive Utility, and to better fit in with the design of the Finder. It can also handle filenames in foreign character sets, created with non-English versions of other operating systems. I personally find it useful for opening Japanese archives, but it should handle many other languages just as well.

It is very simple to use and install - simply copy it into your Applications folder, or whereever else you might prefer, and then set it as the default program for archive files. This can be done either from the preferences panel in the program itself, or in the Finder.

Supported file formats include Zip, Tar-GZip, Tar-BZip2, RAR, 7-zip, LhA, StuffIt and many other old and obscure formats. See the supported formats page for a more complete list of supported formats.

Download it now from the Mac App Store!

However, as Apple imposes some severe limits on App Store apps, you may prefer to download it directly. In addition to having fewer annoying requests for permission, and working file type selection, this version also works on older Macs.

Download The Unarchiver directly.

The Unarchiver is completely free, and will always remain free. If you appreciate the hard work that has gone into writing it, you can use the buttons below to donate and support the developer.


You can also buy The Archive Browser for OS X and Archives for iOS to support development of The Unarchiver!

Other links

The source code for The Unarchiver is available, both as an archive and on the Bitbucket page.

If you do not wish to use the Mac App Store, you can download the App Store version of The Unarchiver directly. There is little reason you would want to do this, though.

If for some reason you want an old version of The Unarchiver, you can find those here.

If you have any trouble with The Unarchiver, please file a bug on the bug tracker, or post a question on the support board.