StuffIt Expander
StuffIt Expander
16.0.5

4.6

StuffIt Expander free download for Mac

StuffIt Expander

16.0.5
29 February 2016

Expansion and decoding utility.

Overview

StuffIt Expander easily expands and decoded all the files you download from the Web or receive in your email. StuffIt Expander can expand over 30 formats including StuffIt, RAR, 7zip, split and segmented archives.

Are you getting "Operation Not Permitted" errors when you try to open a Zip archive? Try StuffIt instead. StuffIt can open those password protected Zip archives.

Other Features
  • Automatically expand archives added to your designated "Watch Folder"
  • Automatically scan expanded content with your AV app.
  • Automate Expander with AppleScript

What's new in StuffIt Expander

Version 16.0.5:
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent some RAR archives from expanding

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CookieMan
13 November 2010

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Since Apple supports only zip, i don't use stuffit anymore.
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Version 15.0.2
hmfwic47
13 January 2017
Do we need to keep this on a Mac computer anymore?
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Version 16.0.5
2 answer(s)
Stainboy
Stainboy
27 April 2017
yes, actually. Mac OS X 10.12 Finder still can't seem to decompress zip files made with the ZIP64 format created back in 2001. you can if you know how to use unzip in the Terminal, but that's not common knowledge to the average Mac user. so Stuffit Expander is still useful in some cases.
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Castle-Rose
Castle-Rose
30 December 2018
No. There's much better solutions for the few things the OS can't uncompress.
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Solo68
11 November 2015
Just a question. Please tell me how the Smith Micro website just allowed me to receive the latest version of Stuffit Expander 16.0.3, but MacUpdate is lists the latest version as 16.0.4? Does someone around here know something Smith Micro does not know? Just a thought.
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Version 16.0.4
sjk
27 August 2015
Since they're not posted under What's New …

Change Notes
16.0.4
Fixed an issue expanding 7zip archives.
16.0.3
Fixed issue with some zip archives that would fail to expand with StuffIt Expander but could be opened with StuffIt Archive Manager.

It still fails to expand static FFmpeg binaries 7-zip archives from http://evermeet.cx/pub/ffmpeg/. Now silently fails after claiming to successfully unarchive instead of leaving a corrupt binary. The Unarchiver still handles those just fine, even on El Capitan (10.11) beta.
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Version 16.0.4
Penguirl
19 June 2015
The Unarchiver stopped working for me so I switched to Stuffit Expander and I've never looked back. Not once has it balked at decompressing a file, too bad it doesn't quit automatically like TA did but that's easily handled with a simple kb shortcut.
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Version 16.0
Edgarcabrera
12 February 2015
I stopped using Stuffit expander ages ago. I've got some problems with .rar files from PC, the only free application which could expand such files was this one, just brilliant!. Now, I'm using it for expanding everything, it feels like Yosemite app and it is quite fast.
Like (2)
Version 16.0
fniaz
10 November 2014
awesome!
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Version 16.0
10baset
30 September 2014
Best decompression software on Mac
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Version 16.0
SickTeddyBear
30 September 2014
It boggles my mind the amount of legacy hostility people have for a free app. Stuffit Expander is not Stuffit. It's a free expander that sometimes does a better job at UNcompressing files than anything else on the market. We get it. Stuffit is obsolete. We all know that. But Stuffit Expander doesn't just work on .sit or .sitx, it works on a ridiculous number of STANDARD formats, too. If you want to complain about Stuffit or the .sit format, then do that under the proper title. The expander is a valuable product all on it's own.
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Version 16.0
1 answer(s)
Swo
Swo
29 August 2015
Truth be told, I don't see the hostility directed at Stuffit Deluxe. I am a big user of cloud applications, like Dropbox, OneDrive, and so on, and like the idea of being able to compress my flies as small as possible for purposes of storage.

And while storage via hard drive may be cheaper than its ever been, it's not free, so i like to maximize space as much as possible, which is why I rely not only on Stuffit Deluxe, but its encryption (when necessary).

If you don't need it, don't buy it, though I find it useful, use it regularly (though it's a bit more expensive than I wish it were, its price isn't prohibitive.
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Foulger
29 September 2014
Used to be indispensable now its simply disposable
Like (3)
Version 16.0
1 answer(s)
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
29 September 2014
Stuffit Expander was indeed indispensable when it was included with all Mac OS installations. But at some point in the evolution of OS X, I don't remember when, the OS gained the ability to compress and uncompress zip archives. And self-decompressing dmg files became the most common disk image file format for transmitting Mac software and archiving files. Meanwhile, Disk Utility can create a variety of different image files. So Stuffit Expander gradually became less important than it once was - and the old Drop-Stuff went the way of the Dodo. Nevertheless, I still occasionally encounter archive files in a format that OS X cannot handle. On these occasions I find Expander quite indispensable. Smith Micro picked up the Stuffit franchise some years ago and has been striving to make the product relevant by expanding its capabilities. It includes some tools that a select clientele will find useful, but it no longer has broad appeal on the Mac. I give Smith Micro props, though, for making the effort to keep the product alive. Unfortunately they goofed a while back when they renamed it Stuffit Destinations. Rather than making it more appealing, they just created brand name confusion. I think they're back now with Stuffit Deluxe - though at $50 the price is daunting.

In "the old days" the free Stuffit Expander was supposed to cultivate a market for the paid product Drop Stuff. Because hard drive space was severely constrained at the time, such a market did, indeed, exist. Surprisingly, however, you could use Drop Stuff indefinitely in demo mode - and it was fully functional. That market model was not really viable, though, so the trial period for Drop Stuff's successors is limited. Unfortunately for Smith Micro, the market is also limited.

Be that as it may, to put it politely it's short-sighted to dismiss Stuffit Expander out of hand. Just because you don't need it doesn't mean that no one will. That Smith Micro continues to develop and support Stuffit Expander - and continues to offer it for free - should be evidence of its value to anyone with a half-way open mind.
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Chrischram
29 September 2014
I'd forgotten I still had StuffIt Expander on my system. I don't remember how many years ago I actually used it. When I saw that the app had just been updated, I siezed the opportunity to delete the old one once and for all.
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Version 16.0