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StuffIt Expander Reviews16.2

29 January 2021

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Just-Fred
Just-Fred
Jan 29 2021
16.2
0.0
Jan 29 2021
0.0
Version: 16.2
I thought I was having a flashback when I saw this listed! StuffIt and StuffIt Expander were must-have utility programs back when macOS was known as "System Software" (version s 6.x, 7.x, etc.). Now there is a built-in archiving program as well as a number of other cost-free programs that handle pretty much ever archiving algorithm extant. This might be of sentimental value, but I'm not sure what the value-add is here.
x9329724
x9329724
Jan 29 2021
16.2
2.0
Jan 29 2021
2.0
Version: 16.2
Not sure why they bothered with this update. It is still broken with Mojave (on APFS volumes anyway). Used to be I could compress applications with StuffIt (which is NO LONGER SUPPORTED) and when I restored them everything was back exactly the same way it started out, including the dates, the part I particularly liked. Now when I UnStuff any of these Stuffed applications, just get errors saying the application is corrupted. (At one point I was able to UnStuff some things correctly on a non-APFS volume, but who knows if that even works now...) Used to be a useful set of programs for me. Not any more.
tletouze01
tletouze01
May 8 2020
16.0.5
0.0
May 8 2020
0.0
Version: 16.0.5
The application folder takes the app but refuses to open it up. Thanks for telling me what to do. Bests.
Hldwizard
Hldwizard
Apr 10 2020
16.0.5
5.0
Apr 10 2020
5.0
Version: 16.0.5
This is a reliable program and supports many different compression algorithms. Even though recent OSX versions include ZIP, they don't support all the different formats, which can be problematic depending on your needs. For the everyday user perhaps the builtin compression is sufficient, but there are situations for advanced users that will need alternatives.
kend-1
kend-1
Mar 27 2020
16.0.5
5.0
Mar 27 2020
5.0
Version: 16.0.5
Excellent when it was required, but late model macOS's incorporate ZIP file processing.
hmfwic47
hmfwic47
Jan 13 2017
16.0.5
0.0
Jan 13 2017
0.0
Version: 16.0.5
Do we need to keep this on a Mac computer anymore?
Solo68
Solo68
Nov 11 2015
16.0.4
0.0
Nov 11 2015
0.0
Version: 16.0.4
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.
sjk
sjk
Aug 27 2015
16.0.4
0.0
Aug 27 2015
0.0
Version: 16.0.4
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.
Penguirl
Penguirl
Jun 19 2015
16.0
4.5
Jun 19 2015
4.5
Version: 16.0
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.
Edgarcabrera
Edgarcabrera
Feb 12 2015
16.0
5.0
Feb 12 2015
5.0
Version: 16.0
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.
fniaz
fniaz
Nov 10 2014
16.0
5.0
Nov 10 2014
5.0
Version: 16.0
awesome!
10baset
10baset
Sep 30 2014
16.0
5.0
Sep 30 2014
5.0
Version: 16.0
Best decompression software on Mac
SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
Sep 30 2014
16.0
5.0
Sep 30 2014
5.0
Version: 16.0
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.
Foulger
Foulger
Sep 29 2014
16.0
0.0
Sep 29 2014
0.0
Version: 16.0
Used to be indispensable now its simply disposable
Chrischram
Chrischram
Sep 29 2014
16.0
0.0
Sep 29 2014
0.0
Version: 16.0
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.
Antoontje
Antoontje
Oct 12 2013
15.0.7
2.0
Oct 12 2013
2.0
Version: 15.0.7
I hope the sitx format dies soon. This application owns this format, and it is slow, unstable and big.
st3fania
st3fania
May 25 2013
15.0.7
1.0
May 25 2013
1.0
Version: 15.0.7
It doesn't extract a .rar file that i've extract with 7zip
Macguruguy
Macguruguy
Oct 2 2012
15.0.4
0.0
Oct 2 2012
0.0
Version: 15.0.4
15.0.7 doesn't quit after expanding file. Have tried trashing preferences and only fixes temporarily.
JosephAW
JosephAW
Sep 28 2012
15.0.4
1.0
Sep 28 2012
1.0
Version: 15.0.4
Apparently v15.0.4 is still compatible with PPC but the newer v15.0.7 is Intel only. Not sure what the differences are but it looks like they dropped support now. Better get 15.0.4 before they delete it from their servers.
CFrag
CFrag
Sep 28 2012
15.0.4
3.0
Sep 28 2012
3.0
Version: 15.0.4
Although getting long in the tooth, Stuffit/Stuffit Expander is still a good combination. Stuffit Expander is free, and can not only expand '.sit' archives (that are getting rare indeed - there was a time where you couldn't look anywhere without getting run over by one :), but it also expands many more common (and less proprietary than '.sit') compression formats - including the venerable 'Binhex' ('.hqx') encoding (which used to be the MacOS analogue to base64). The product has been through different owners since Aladdin originally published it in the late 80s, and it shows. It seems that Smith Micro (the latest owner) is again investing into developing Stuffit, and I hope that the compression/expander duo (only the compressor is commercial) again rises in relevance.
Penguirl
Penguirl
Jun 11 2012
15.0.4
4.5
Jun 11 2012
4.5
Version: 15.0.4
People have bagged on Stuffit for a long time, and much of it deservedly so, but it has become a useful product. The Unarchiver and SimplyRAR will not open my password protected RAR files while iZip became a crashy ball of code that I had to delete; meanwhile Expander dutifully asked for the password and kept on trucking. Only Keka was up to unarchiving password protected RAR files alongside Expander. My only gripe with Expander is that the claimed ability to send unarchived files to your A/V app does not seem to exist: -½ Features star.
Pedro-Fardilha
Pedro-Fardilha
Oct 30 2011
15.0.4
1.0
Oct 30 2011
1.0
Version: 15.0.4
So... to open "password protected Zip archives" we need the full Stuffit? Thanks but no thanks!
Low-Flyer
Low-Flyer
Oct 20 2011
15.0.4
0.0
Oct 20 2011
0.0
Version: 15.0.4
Expander could not open a .sit.hqx file when designated, using the 'Open with' in the Finder (The application cannot be opened -35); however, Expander having been launched, opened this same file when it was dropped on the Expander icon.
Peterpan23
Peterpan23
Oct 20 2011
15.0.4
0.0
Oct 20 2011
0.0
Version: 15.0.4
I did not find "Automatically scan expanded content with your AV app" (see description above) anywhere in the preferences !??
Big77
Big77
Oct 19 2011
15.0.4
0.0
Oct 19 2011
0.0
Version: 15.0.4
15.0.4 - Bug fixes. Added support for Mac OS X Lion. Added tutorial mode to StuffIt Destinations. StuffIt command-line apps have been moved to a separate installer.
SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
Oct 3 2011
15.0.2
5.0
Oct 3 2011
5.0
Version: 15.0.2
Version 15.0.4 is available: http://www.stuffit.com/mac-expander-download.html
Libertyforall1776
Libertyforall1776
Feb 28 2011
15.0.2
0.0
Feb 28 2011
0.0
Version: 15.0.2
Does not work opening Flash Player.plugin.lzma :-(
Dualie
Dualie
Feb 7 2011
15.0.2
2.5
Feb 7 2011
2.5
Version: 15.0.2
Suddenly this new version of Expander can't open even basic zip archives without squawking that there's a problem. Yet, Archive Utility has no trouble with them, nor does 7-zip on the PC. Beware. Keep your old installer handy.
Moocan
Moocan
Nov 28 2010
15.0.2
0.0
Nov 28 2010
0.0
Version: 15.0.2
having troubles with password protected/encrypted rar format that I don't have with previous version.
Designer
Designer
Nov 20 2010
15.0.2
0.0
Nov 20 2010
0.0
Version: 15.0.2
What happened to the 'Create surrounding folder' feature when expanding archives? Stuffit 2010 had a preference to allow for 'never' which forced the expansion to output all files into the same directory instead of a multitude of folders - which I then have to sort. Has StuffIt Expander 2011 ditched this feature?
CookieMan
CookieMan
Nov 13 2010
15.0.2
0.0
Nov 13 2010
0.0
Version: 15.0.2
Since Apple supports only zip, i don't use stuffit anymore.
CruzinCooler
CruzinCooler
Nov 13 2010
15.0.2
0.0
Nov 13 2010
0.0
Version: 15.0.2
Not 64 Bit. Oh my. Geeks will be geeks. Boring!
Daniel-Alex-Finkelstein
Daniel-Alex-Finkelstein
Sep 30 2010
15.0.1
0.0
Sep 30 2010
0.0
Version: 15.0.1
Note that unlike the 14.x/2010 series, Stuffit will not launch the Expander (or the other utilities), run a virus scanner, and then close anymore. I double-checked this with Smith Micro support and they confirmed their software now stays open until you close it and virus scanning is only performed when using the Stuffit Archive Manager.
Mac007
Mac007
Sep 23 2010
15.0.1
5.0
Sep 23 2010
5.0
Version: 15.0.1
I've never had any problems with Stuffit Expander. It's does what it's supposed to and it's free. What more do you need? Also what's all this complaining about apps not being 64bit? I sure can't see any difference.
Navarro-Parker
Navarro-Parker
Sep 23 2010
15.0.1
0.0
Sep 23 2010
0.0
Version: 15.0.1
Check out Rucksack. It's everything I like about Unarchiver, but with a compression engine and a nice Mac UI.
Cyann
Cyann
Sep 22 2010
15.0.1
5.0
Sep 22 2010
5.0
Version: 15.0.1
Please stop denigrate this software because it's up to date to do so. For years I never had the smallest problem , and certainly The Unarchiver is as good, but not better. And if you have problem with Stuffit, it came from the way you fix your computer.
Alamak
Alamak
Sep 14 2010
14.0.1
0.0
Sep 14 2010
0.0
Version: 14.0.1
StuffIt Expander is completely superfluous meanwhile. Get TheUnarchiver and just forget about Aladdin...
sjk
sjk
Jun 11 2010
14.0.1
0.0
Jun 11 2010
0.0
Version: 14.0.1
For some reason SE (2010 14.0.1) won't fully launch on two freshly configured 10.6.3 systems after being manually installed (copied from installer's …/Payload folder). Just a brief appearance of the Dock icon before quitting; no console messages. Still fails even after restarting in Safe Mode. It's the only app I've tested on SL with this mysterious misbehavior. Looks like I'll be using some other app when there's a need to extract .sit or other archives that OS X doesn't natively support.
Pony
Pony
Mar 15 2010
14.0.1
1.0
Mar 15 2010
1.0
Version: 14.0.1
Will this format ever die? The installer is torturous, it needs admin permissions so it can dump its bloated mass of junk throughout your system. The application doesn't need to be 'installed', it can simply be run. However, the installer is needed to deliver the rest of the pay load.
SickTeddyBear
SickTeddyBear
Jan 3 2010
14.0.1
5.0
Jan 3 2010
5.0
Version: 14.0.1
Direct link to download selection of new and older versions: http://my.smithmicro.com/downloads/trials/expander_mac.html
Goldyn-Chyld
Goldyn-Chyld
Dec 7 2009
14.0
0.0
Dec 7 2009
0.0
Version: 14.0
I used StuffIt Expander for almost a year, but have recently started noticing that it won't unrar password protected rar files. I tried The Unarchiver instead and it worked like a charm. Consequently, I had to ditch StuffIt Expander.
Rufty-Tufty
Rufty-Tufty
Nov 2 2009
14.0
0.0
Nov 2 2009
0.0
Version: 14.0
"The Unarchiver" should be able to do most of what you need, but if you really need Stuffit Expander, here's a link to the current direct download (no email address required). http://tinyurl.com/4aow4b
Jobby
Jobby
Oct 12 2009
14.0
0.0
Oct 12 2009
0.0
Version: 14.0
Can we at least go back to the good old days when clicking the Download link just, you know, DOWNLOADED THE FILE? Smith Micro will only let you have their precious program if you "agree" to let them spam you forever. No "agree", no program - this sort of coercion SHOULD be illegal. Consent not given freely is no consent at all. To anyone thinking of sending me a .sitx file - you'll need to recompress it as .zip, because I'm not playing Smith Micro's games, and I strongly encourage you not to as well. We don't need spam-pushers like this around.
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Oct 6 2009
14.0
1.0
Oct 6 2009
1.0
Version: 14.0
This app is the way Stuffit keep their proprietary format and company alive, they force you to install this if you want to open an archive or something from their new connect service. The other formats this supports are all open-able with many alternatives. If someone you know is dumb enough to use SITX (7zip or RAR are better) or Stuffit Connect (many online sharing services don't lock you into proprietary formats) when better solutions exist, then by all means use this. But for everything else, The Unarchiver or BetterZip are much better and less bloated improvements to Stuffit.
Gazman
Gazman
Oct 5 2009
14.0
0.0
Oct 5 2009
0.0
Version: 14.0
@LOKHEED "Using a proprietary format should be criminal." ROFL. By your definition Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and pretty much all other large software companies should all be in jail.
Tfindlay
Tfindlay
Sep 28 2009
14.0
0.0
Sep 28 2009
0.0
Version: 14.0
What else is there for expanding stuffed files?
Killer-Klown-Kar
Killer-Klown-Kar
Sep 28 2009
2010 14.0
0.0
Sep 28 2009
0.0
Version: 2010 14.0
People still use this? Wow grandpa does your car start with a crank also?
Dlwhite
Dlwhite
Sep 28 2009
2010 14.0
0.0
Sep 28 2009
0.0
Version: 2010 14.0
I haven't tested recent versions of Stuffit against the zip compression included in the Mac OS. A few years ago, Stuffit was able to make considerably smaller files than the standard zip compression, so lots of my vendors kept purchasing updates as they were released (a bit too frequently for my wallet). Does anyone know if Stuffit still makes smaller files? Or has the zip compression improved to the point where Stuffit is simply unnecessary?
Elheroe
Elheroe
Sep 21 2009
13.0.3
0.0
Sep 21 2009
0.0
Version: 13.0.3
The contextual menu stopped working in snow leopard, when will it be upgraded to work or is there a workaround?
Szq
Szq
Sep 20 2009
13.0.3
1.0
Sep 20 2009
1.0
Version: 13.0.3
A while ago I was sent a stuffit file (does anybody really still use this format?). Anyway, I had to go find the 'free' expander. Trying to install the expander was greeted with the need to enter an administrator password, huh, really, No thank you! I opened the package and manually dragged out the stuffit expander application, which worked just fine without being 'installed'. To get the expander you have to jump through hoops on the web site and agree to be spammed, then when you get actual download they want your administrator password to install all kinds of more spam. The expander can be run as a stand alone application without being 'installed', yet the company do not want to do this, they want administrator access to your machine to do as they please. DO NOT PERPETUATE THIS COMPANIES SPAM MILL. AVOID CREATING STUFFIT FILES AND CREATE ZIP FILES INSTEAD. THEY CLAIM IT IS FREE, BUT IS GIVING AWAY YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION AND ADMINISTRATOR ACCESS TO YOUR MACHINE REALLY FREE??????