The Archive Browser

Developer: MacPaw Labs

Current Version: 1.11.1

Last Updated: 2 years ago

Download Size: 4.1 MB - Download


The Archive Browser is a program that lets you browse the contents of archives, as well as extract them. It will let you open files from inside archives, and lets you preview them using Quick Look.

It is based on The Unarchiver, which means it can handle a large number of different archive formats: It can handle 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. It will also handle different filename encodings gracefully.

For the curious, it will also show you a lot of information about the archives and their contents.


Release Notes:

* 1.11.1: Fixed spurious error message when extracting multi-part RAR files.
* Support for RAR version 5 archives.
* Add date column to file list.
* Handle opening archives with huge number of parts better.
* Bug fixes for zip64, NSIS, and Squeeze.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.0
Review by tiliv

Provisionally useful; still happy with The Unarchiver - The only times I've really wished for a UI to The Unarchiver have been when I was working with uncommon archive types, like a Windows EXE or some kind of BIN file. With only the Unarchiver, you just extracted and hoped something good would happen, but now with The Archive Browser, you can see what you're working with before attempting extraction. Also very useful, as advertised, is the ability to drag out individual files. Again, I find this most useful for non-standard archive types. The Unarchiver will continue to be my default application for some 99% of archive types, but this is a really great secondary tool that still supports all of the intelligent options somehow missing in the other standard archive managers, such as auto folder creation for archives [never/always/only-if-multiple-top-level-items]. A godsend.

Found helpful by 11 out of 11 people
Version 1.6
Review by rodolfodc

Browser screen does not work for large archives (50 MBytes or more) - The Archive Browser screen works fine with very small zip files (500 KB or 1 MB); but it gets stucked with larger files. I have tested it with several zip files I have (50 MB, 300 MB, 550 MB) and it is not possible to see its contents, on the left panel you see a label "Reading archive contents…" but it does not finish… I try to double click on the grid, but it is frozen. I just purchased from the AppStore, I´ve been robbed.

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.11.1
Review by KH1986

Crashes and Will Not Force Quit in Sierra - I liked this software before but ever since OS X Sierra this needs an update. I’ve had several instances now where the software stops responding and will not quit even when using force quit in the dock, menu bar, and command line— preventing the user from logging out or restarting the computer. The only solution I found was to uninstall the software while it is locked up and then run a command that forces all applications to close and logs the user out. Without an update I’d avoid this if you are using Sierra. This has been tested and is reproducible on two different macs, a 2009 iMac and a 2014 macbook Pro, so it seems to be a software issue that arose since Sierra.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 1.11.1
Review by ^Vlad^

not fully functional - Does not handle multi file rar archives.

Found helpful by 4 out of 5 people
Version 1.11.1
Review by [email protected]

Works great ! - This is exactly what I needed, thank you !

Found helpful by 3 out of 4 people
Version 1.11.1
Review by herbslick

Now my go-to archive utility - There are just some times when I get an archive, and I just want to look inside. I really don’t want to expand the archive just for a quick look. For instance those times when I get around to trying to figure out where to file an old archive or what tags to attribute to it. I am also pleasantly surprised that I can dig into Microsoft Office documents that have embedded documents, and extract the documents — doesn’t keep all of the file attributes, but gives me a chance to look and see the embedded document. It’s turned into one of my go-to utility in my toolkit.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 1.11.1
Review by neimato1

Doesn't support MacOS Sierra - This app was great a year ago. It hasn’t been updated to support MacOS Sierra. It doesnt open many zip and rar files like it used to. It also doesnt support zip files larger than 4GB. This app really needs to be updated so it can be used.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people