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.

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 4.2.2

• RAR 1.5 extraction is working once again.
• RAR 5 solid archives extraction is now working as expected.

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

bringerofrunouts ,

Latest Version has issues

This app has been great for years, but the last update opens a finder window for every archive I'm trying to open. I'm often opeing 30 or more at once and it grinds my mac to a halt. A fix back to how it used to work would be great!

ultratiem ,

Be wary

Not happy this was sold to MacPaw, who have a sorted, and long history of being extremely deceptive and downright smarmy developers. They have frequently abused review and ratings systems on sites like MacUpdate by either using their friends (there were waves of Russian-based users giving 5-star reviews with no other posts outside those supporting MacPaw) or paying potential users with free copies provided they give a 5-star rating. Their app CleanMyMac is a nicely designed paper weight, with reports from multiple users getting their systems bricked. Most of their apps do nothing and operate as front-ends for heavy priced subscription-based services or simply to promote their money making apps.

Make no mistake, The Unarchiver’s days are numbered with these guys at the helm. It was great while it lasted but this app is doomed. These guys should be blackballed from the entire MacOS ecosystem!

derekst991 ,

Frustrating configuration

I got this to handle one specific type of archive file. Instead, it took over handling a whole bunch of archive file types. They provide a configuration screen that is essentially useless. It lists all of the kinds of files that it handles, with checkboxes beside them. But when I tried to clear the checkbox beside “Zip Archive”, it popped up a message giving me some ridiculous instructions about going to Finder and changing file associations. Instead, I found an easier solution - uninstall.


MacPaw Inc.
13.6 MB

OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor


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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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