Back to StuffIt Expander page
StuffIt Expander free download for Mac

StuffIt Expander Reviews16.0.6

29 February 2016

Expansion and decoding utility.

tletouze01
08 May 2020
Version: 16.0.5

Most helpful

The application folder takes the app but refuses to open it up. Thanks for telling me what to do. Bests.
(1)

How would you rate StuffIt Expander app?

Read 99 StuffIt Expander User Reviews

tletouze01
08 May 2020
Version: 16.0.5
The application folder takes the app but refuses to open it up. Thanks for telling me what to do. Bests.
(1)
5
Hldwizard
10 April 2020
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.
(0)
5
kend-1
27 March 2020
Version: 16.0.5
Excellent when it was required, but late model macOS's incorporate ZIP file processing.
(0)
hmfwic47
13 January 2017
Version: 16.0.5
Do we need to keep this on a Mac computer anymore?
(0)
Show comments (2)
Solo68
11 November 2015
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.
(0)
sjk
27 August 2015
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.
(1)
4.5
Penguirl
19 June 2015
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.
(1)
5
Edgarcabrera
12 February 2015
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.
(2)
5
fniaz
10 November 2014
Version: 16.0
awesome!
(2)
5
10baset
30 September 2014
Version: 16.0
Best decompression software on Mac
(3)
5
SickTeddyBear
30 September 2014
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.
(12)
Show comment (1)
Foulger
29 September 2014
Version: 16.0
Used to be indispensable now its simply disposable
(3)
Show comment (1)
Chrischram
29 September 2014
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.
(2)
2
Antoontje
12 October 2013
Version: 15.0.7
I hope the sitx format dies soon. This application owns this format, and it is slow, unstable and big.
(1)
1
st3fania
25 May 2013
Version: 15.0.7
It doesn't extract a .rar file that i've extract with 7zip
(0)
Macguruguy
02 October 2012
Version: 15.0.4
15.0.7 doesn't quit after expanding file. Have tried trashing preferences and only fixes temporarily.
(1)
Show comments (4)
1
JosephAW
28 September 2012
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.
(1)
3
CFrag
28 September 2012
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.
(0)
5
Penguirl
11 June 2012
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.
(0)
1
Pedro-Fardilha
30 October 2011
Version: 15.0.4
So... to open "password protected Zip archives" we need the full Stuffit? Thanks but no thanks!
(0)
Show comments (2)
Low-Flyer
20 October 2011
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.
(0)
Peterpan23
20 October 2011
Version: 15.0.4
I did not find "Automatically scan expanded content with your AV app" (see description above) anywhere in the preferences !??
(1)
Big77
19 October 2011
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.
(0)
SickTeddyBear
03 October 2011
Version: 15.0.2
Version 15.0.4 is available: http://www.stuffit.com/mac-expander-download.html
(1)
Libertyforall1776
28 February 2011
Version: 15.0.2
Does not work opening Flash Player.plugin.lzma :-(
(2)
Show comment (1)
2.5
Dualie
07 February 2011
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.
(0)
Moocan
28 November 2010
Version: 15.0.2
having troubles with password protected/encrypted rar format that I don't have with previous version.
(0)
Designer
20 November 2010
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?
(0)
CookieMan
13 November 2010
Version: 15.0.2
Since Apple supports only zip, i don't use stuffit anymore.
(16)
CruzinCooler
13 November 2010
Version: 15.0.2
Not 64 Bit. Oh my. Geeks will be geeks. Boring!
(1)
5
Mac007
23 September 2010
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.
(7)
Show comment (1)
Navarro-Parker
23 September 2010
Version: 15.0.1
Check out Rucksack. It's everything I like about Unarchiver, but with a compression engine and a nice Mac UI.
(0)
5
Cyann
22 September 2010
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.
(3)
Alamak
14 September 2010
Version: 14.0.1
StuffIt Expander is completely superfluous meanwhile. Get TheUnarchiver and just forget about Aladdin...
(9)
Show comments (3)
sjk
11 June 2010
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.
(2)
Show comment (1)
1
Pony
15 March 2010
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.
(11)
Show comment (1)
Goldyn-Chyld
07 December 2009
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.
(8)
Rufty-Tufty
02 November 2009
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
(7)
Jobby
12 October 2009
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.
(10)
1
Nontroppo
06 October 2009
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.
(8)
Gazman
05 October 2009
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.
(3)
Show comment (1)
Tfindlay
28 September 2009
Version: 14.0
What else is there for expanding stuffed files?
(0)
Show comments (3)
Killer-Klown-Kar
28 September 2009
Version: 2010 14.0
People still use this? Wow grandpa does your car start with a crank also?
(8)
Show comments (3)
Dlwhite
28 September 2009
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?
(0)
Show comments (2)
Elheroe
21 September 2009
Version: 13.0.3
The contextual menu stopped working in snow leopard, when will it be upgraded to work or is there a workaround?
(0)
Show comments (2)
1
Szq
20 September 2009
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??????
(7)
Show comments (4)
4
Threedee912
17 September 2009
Version: 13.0.3
I have to say, although past versions have been bloated with ads for Deluxe or whatever, Stuffit has gotten better. When extracting a file a simple progress bar appears, uses Growl, and opens virtually any archive thrown at it (especially those old binhex and sit files). I use The Unarchiver myself, but I do admit Stuffit has done a decent job of improving their basic expander program.
(1)
4
scott.park
06 September 2009
Version: 13.0.3
Look, most people are downloading this for one reason and one reason only, to open Stuffit archives. This application cannot perform compression, which is great. It's only purpose is to infrequently open little treasures of the past, a task it does just fine. It's functionality is succinct, I'd fear greater integration. The fact it even uses Growl is amazing. So lets all just be happy someone is spending the time and money to keep this thing running. P.S. To the developers: I'd love to know how Stuffit [compression] provides are revenue model. Perhaps it's just a write off. Thanks for not letting this thing die, forever bricking very old archives and anything sent by the elderly.
(3)
5
Snowwhitesickette
11 April 2009
Version: 13.0.3
Hooray! Stuffit was essential to me back in the days of OS 9. Today I was downloading free icons from the internet, but some of the icons were older hqx and sit files. I was not able to open them until I downloaded Stuffit Expander for OS X. Within seconds, I was looking at the icons that Stuffit neatly put in a file for me. What a great app, and for free! Thanks, Stuffit. You and I are going to be good friends again...
(3)
Tadphoto
31 March 2009
Version: 13.0.3
The file will not download from this site, just hangs forever. Hello? Someone needs to wake up.
(2)