Archives is an unarchiving app for your iPhone or iPad that can open pretty much any archive file in existence. It is based on the extremely popular macOS app "The Unarchiver".

It can open files that have been mailed to you, files you encounter on the web, or even files from your computer through iTunes file sharing. It lets you preview the files inside archives, such as text, images or music. If you have another app installed that can open a file, Archives can also use that app to open contained files.

As it is based on The Unarchiver, it can handle a large number of different archive formats: 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 and images from PDF files. See the Archives web page for a full list.

What’s New

Version 2.1.1

• Fixes to make Archives run smoothly on iOS 12.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

Eej ,


It’s free and it works well. I can an open an archive from pretty much anywhere using the share menu.

Xylomegais ,

Great! And feature request:3

Awesome! But as a feature I’d like to see maybe the ability to activate an exe within the app, kinda like a sandbox in a way?

There are some programs I’d like to use, but don’t have enough for a PC, so I’m kinda stuck on iOS and Androids.

jfm429 ,

Low on Features

You can open an archive and individual files within it. However, you can’t:

* Extract all the files at once onto iCloud Drive or local storage
* Compress existing files into an archive, or recompress an archive in a different format
* Export the archive in any way other than by emailing it

It allows you to open an archive and extract single files. But opening an archive one file at a time manually is pretty terrible.


MacPaw Inc.
6.2 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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