The Unarchiver

Developer: MacPaw Inc.

Current Version: 3.11.3

Last Updated: 5 months ago

Download Size: 4.3 MB - Download


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.

However, if you want to browse the contents of archives, or if you want to support development of The Unarchiver, look for "The Archive Browser" on the Mac App Store, or go to! It lets you browse and preview archive contents, and find out information about archives!

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!


Release Notes:

• Fixes an issue with extracting certain RAR archives. Unfortunately, it was introduced in previous version, and we are grateful to our users who helped us quickly resolve it.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 0
Review by UnDterred

OH MY GOD!!! - I almost lost a year’s worth of work!!! I”m talking about an 8 gig zip file here!!! I compressed the folder in order to save disk space (something that I”ll be very hesitant to do in the future) and when I went to unarchive it, I kept getting an "error 1- action not permitted” dialogue box. I freaked out!!! I tried other unarchivers, tried a trick in terminal and tried opening the zip in my other mac. NOTHING WORKED!!! Either the familiar ‘error 1’ box would pop up or the app would say that the file may be corrupt. Then I saw a forum where someone else had the same problem. Another user suggested The Unarchiver and the person with the original problem reported back that it had worked. Funny thing was, The Unarchiver had already been in my app folder. My jaw dropped open when it started unzipping the folder. I could tell that it was working because it started naming off the contents at the bottom of the progress bar. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! After using a few of the other unarchivers, I really appreciate the fact that The Unarchiver actually HAS a progress bar. The other apps that I used didn’t and it was hard to tell wether they were actively trying to open my zip file or not. Once again, thank you so much!!!

Found helpful by 120 out of 129 people
Version 3.9.1
Review by chinmas

Does nothing… - I’ve removed and reinstalled this app 3 times now. Whenever I try to open any archive, ZIP, RAR, 7z, anything… it hangs. The app is set to always ask me where to put the extracted file, but the dialog box never opens. The Unarchiver window opens with the filename of the archive, but it just sits there and never does anything else. I have to force quit the app for it to go away. I’ve tried reverting to an older version of Unarchiver, still not joy. I have now moved to Stuffit Expander and will not look back until these issues are sorted.

Found helpful by 29 out of 49 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 3.11.3
Review by Pakalolobudz

Simply the Best Available - I have used over 7 apps to unzip unrar and other compressed files. This App is simple and allows several files to be opened at once. The Unarchiver also allows multiple files with the same password to be opened together while having to only input password once. Broken files are also allowed to continue as long as you don’t mind having the parts that are missing/broken show up as incomplete.. You’ll save yourself time and frustration if you switch to this app.

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 3.11.3
Review by isaac32767

Best Ever - My only complaint is that it's free. They deserve a few bucks for making software this good. Oh well, I was gonna buy their image browser anyway,. The best thing here is that somebody put some thought in how to make unarchiving less of a nuisance. Did the archive creator forget to provide a base directory? No problem, create one automatically. Don't need one? Don't create one. And of course these features are customizable. Definite 5 stars.

Found helpful by 5 out of 6 people
Version 3.11.3
Review by 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

Found helpful by 12 out of 13 people
Version 3.11.3
Review by AnsonX10

The only real Mac App Store essential - Every computer that I have (that supports it) has this installed on it. It is literally the easiest way to extract practically any file archive you will ever come accross. Basically the Mac equivalent of 7zip. MacPaw has provided this program (and updates) for free through the Mac App Store for years, and it has been amazing. Huge thanks to the company. Buy their software whenever you can. Their other programs are great as well.

Found helpful by 10 out of 11 people
Version 3.11.3
Review by Athirn

QuickLook Plugin? - Since the app is now supported by famous MacPaw, maybe it's time to ask for a nice QuickLook plugin in order to see what's in an archive before unpacking it? :) There are some such plugins out there, of course, but they're not so pretty. MacPaw could do it much better.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people