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

Sabtain Aziz ,

Just Works

Does everything it says, opens compressed files quite quickly and efficiently.
Nice to see it is still receiving regular updates, the dark mode addition is very welcome.
A few bugs here and there but on the whole a great app and it's FREE! Can't really complain.
Using on 2018 Custom spec MacBook Pro 15"

Rasti Breza ,

The best .rar extractor

I tried different apps to be able to extract .rar archives the same way Mac extracts .zip archives - without having to open a separate software, without having weird and ugly icons for each .rar archives. Unarchvier finally does that. It works like a nice utility that does it job in the background - I just double click a .rar archive and it gets extracted in the same folder. It works just like extracting a .zip archive natively on Mac. I don't think I ever opened the actual app. Perfect.

wendiff ,

Pervasive app - takes over your files - DON’T INSTALL

Has taken over many of my files with its icon some extractable but many it cannot extract so its selection process is very bad. In preferences I deselect all formats hoping to turn it off but the selection doesn’t register so next time I open preferences all the formats it has selected by default are selected again. I am only downloading it here hopeing I may find a way to properly uninstall it as I want my right to chose how I deal with my compressed files as well as my computer back .


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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