Developer: Robert Rezabek

Current Version: 2.3.3

Last Updated: 4 years ago

Download Size: 9.3 MB - Download


BetterZip 2 is a powerful archive manager that makes working with archives really easy.

● Extract Only Files You Really Need: If you only need a few files or folders from a larger archive, you don't have to extract the whole thing. Simply drag the files you need from the BetterZip window to any Finder window or the desktop.

● Open Archives Without Extracting: Not only can BetterZip open archives without first extracting them but you can also search for a file using the iTunes-like interface. BetterZip can open and extract archives with the most common formats: ZIP, SIT, TAR, GZip, BZip2, RAR, 7-Zip, CPIO, ARJ, LZH/LHA, JAR, WAR, CAB, ISO, CHM, RPM, DEB, NSIS, BIN, HQX, DD.

● Create Archives: Simply drag files and folders from your hard drives, disks, or network places into your new zip file. You no longer have to copy all the files into a temporary folder first. The supported formats are ZIP, TAR, GZip and BZip2 compressed TAR, 7-ZIP, and RAR (using the external RAR commandline tool). Large archives can also be split.

● Protect Your Data: BetterZip can protect your data with a password and create WinZip® compatible AES-256 encrypted archives. 7-zip and rar archives can also be protected.

● Update Archives: Add new or updated files to existing archives. Remove any file or folder from an archive, or even move files around inside the archive as if it were a normal folder.

● Make Archives Compatible: Strip Mac specific files and resource forks from archives for best compatibility with other operating systems.


Release Notes:

- ._ files were unnecessarily added when re-saving archives.
- Uncompressed tar now works correctly on OS X 10.9.
- The save panel didn’t honor specifically set filename extensions from the preset when “show save panel” was set.
- In some cases multiple radio buttons in the preset lists in the preferences could be switched on at the same time.
- On OS X 10.9 the main menu was always displayed in English, regardless of the system locale.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.8.3
Review by millifoo

Finally found a Zip util that works correctly - I was having problems getting some zip resource files working on a Windows CE device, something about the built-in Mac zip caused the device to fall over. I then started trying every 3rd party Mac util that I could find, but all with the same results. I finally tried BetterZip, and it did the trick - I was able to change the one file I wanted, and as a bonus, all without unzipping the whole archive - very nice! Plopped it on my device and finally got it working with no problems.

Found helpful by 6 out of 13 people
Version 2.0.1
Review by shawnbutts

usless for anything but a few small files - Tryed to compress a 5GB directory will about 3000 files in it. BetterZip does nothing but beach ball for 15 minutes than crashes. The builtin archiver in OSX handled it no problem.

Found helpful by 12 out of 16 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.3.3
Review by Mastermason1

Support is non existant - Have sent 2 emails requesting a simple question answered and have not heard anything in months. Sent a final email today. If I get no response I will demand a refund.

Found helpful by 3 out of 5 people
Version 2.3.3
Review by ARobi

Great app for extraction, horrible app for updating - This app is a bit pricey, especially from a ubuntu user where file roller (gnome app) was free, but the app really is well made. Although the ability to extract works very well, its ability to update a zip file or tar file is extremely buggy and produces bad archives. Do not buy if you plan on updating archives files, but only want it to extract archives.

Found helpful by 3 out of 4 people
Version 2.3.3
Review by bonch

Just works - Browse, create, and extract archives in several formats. You can preview file contents within the app. Very useful utility.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 2.3.3
Review by Teqnilogik

Best file archiver for Mac! - When I switched to the Mac years ago one area where I found it lacking was in the file archiver department. There were very few good file archivers. I was used to the likes of WinRAR on Windows. The file archivers on the Mac seemed to treat file archiving completely differently which to me was more confusing. This app let’s you view the contents of a compressed file rather than just directly extracting it (though that is an option too). It also supports archving to zip, tar, and 7-zip file formats. If you were used to WinRAR on Windows then this app is worth the money.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people