The Unarchiver 4+

Open any archive in seconds

MacPaw Way Ltd

    • 4.2 • 926 Ratings
    • Free



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 4.3.8

We want to enhance your experience with The Unarchiver, and your feedback is crucial to our improvement process. That's why we've introduced a Survey and Product Usage Analytics in this latest update.

Share your thoughts by participating in the survey, or reach out directly at

What's New:
- The "Stand with Ukraine" message has been replaced with the Survey invitation.
- Product Usage Analytics has been added to help us understand how you use our app.
- Our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use have been updated to reflect these changes.
- We've made minor updates to the Settings for a better user experience.
- The minimum macOS version requirement is now 10.13.
- Russian localization has been removed.

We appreciate your participation and support in helping us improve The Unarchiver.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
926 Ratings

926 Ratings

Jack Ver Straate ,

Amazing utility, but with the annoyance of pop-ups

First of all MacPaw, love what you guys do, Setapp and CleanMyMacX are staples of the amazing apps and services available for the Mac platform, and developers like you guys keep the Mac such an enticing platform. But why I am writing this review is because of a very frustrating pop-up within The Unarchiver. I stand with Ukraine and have donated to the cause of helping them get on their feet and fight during this time of war. I don't want to be reminded of this when I am unzipping some files on the job, please remove this in your next build or at least give us the option to remove it. Spark, an excellent email client, is a great example of this. The developers allow you to display the normal icon for the app or the #StandwithUkraine version. If you could implement something like that in your next update that would be greatly appreciated! Again, thank you for developing this application, beacuse it is really awesome and allows me to get my job more done more efficiently, but please don't put pop-ups in your software.

skarasu ,

Until this version 3.1.2 it was a 5 star now maybe 4

Then they had a problem with 3.11.2, which they think they fixed in 3.11.3. However there are more problems with version 3.11.3. Before the last two versions, I could choose ‘Compress “some directory”’ from the finder menu, and then few minutes later I could uncompress it by using “The Unarchiver”. Now, randomly I get a notofication about the encoding the compressed file uses. So i am temporarily using command line tools to do the operations. BTW, there seems to be another bug that comes up if you select more than about 250 files from Finder and invoke “The Unarchiver”. Then somehow “The Unarchiver” memory gets corrupted, and the menus no longer work(e.g. Quit button disappears.) and the program hangs. Have to force quit it externally. I should mention Xee 3.5.3(marketed by the same company) inherited a bug in the new release, that it can no longer reliably read .cbr and .cbz(or .rar or .zip) files reliably either. Some pages show up as noise, where as other programs(like Comic Reader). So on Xee I rolled back to 3.5.2

GuyFleegman ,

Poor error handling

Been using this for years. The app works fine most of the time, but when something is wrong with the archive, the app doesn’t give anything resembling useful information about the error. It just basically tells you something’s wrong. What’s wrong? No details whatsoever other than it can’t extract. When that happens, I have to turn to the unfortunately abandoned UnRarX, which has a test function which tells me what’s wrong with the archive, such as a corrupted part.

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