BetterZip
BetterZip
4.2.5

3.9

BetterZip free download for Mac

BetterZip

4.2.5
08 October 2019

Archiving tool.

Overview

BetterZip lets you quickly inspect archives without first extracting their contents.

  • Extract Only Files You Really Need: If you only need a few files or folders from a larger archive, you don't have to extract the whole thing. Simply drag the files you need from the BetterZip window to any Finder window or the desktop.
  • Open Archives Without Extracting: Not only can BetterZip open archives without first extracting them but you can also search for a file using the iTunes-like interface. BetterZip can open and extract archives with the most common formats: ZIP, SIT, TAR, XAR, XZ, GZip, BZip2, RAR, 7-Zip, CPIO, ARJ, LZH/LHA, JAR, WAR, CAB, ISO, CHM, RPM, DEB, NSIS, BIN, HQX, DMG, EPUB, and Winmail.dat.
  • Create Archives: Simply drag files and folders from your hard drives, disks, or network places into your new zip file. You no longer have to copy all the files into a temporary folder first. The supported formats are ZIP, TAR, GZip and BZip2 compressed TAR, XAR, 7-ZIP, and RAR (using the external RAR commandline tool). Large archives can also be split.
  • Protect Your Data: BetterZip can protect your data with a password and create AES-256 encrypted archives. 7-zip and rar archives can also be protected.
  • Update Archives: Add new or updated files to existing archives. Remove any file or folder from an archive, or even move files around inside the archive as if it were a normal folder.
  • Make Archives Compatible: Strip Mac-specific files and resource forks from archives for best compatibility with systems like Windows or Linux.

What's new in BetterZip

Version 4.2.5:
Compatibility fix:
  • This latest version fixes the Quick Look generator to work with new security restrictions in macOS 10.15 Catalina. Catalina no longer allows users to extract files directly from the Quick Look panel, invoke presets, or save the panel configuration. Sadly, I had to remove these features for Catalina users.

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Znort
12 May 2010

Most helpful

I was happy with BetterZIP until know. But I think it´s time for an update now: Especially the long requested contextual menu or drag and drop ability to directly archive items in the Finder is missing for me. I simply don´t like the fact that I have to click to many times to get a simple ZIP! Please Devs, do something about it!
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Version 1.8.3
dabcca
14 June 2019
Betterzip freezes when opening a folder using 100% CPU resources. Had to force quit and resorted to Keka. Much simpler, more compression options, and doesn't freeze. A shame as I just spent $10 to upgrade to a newer version of Betterzip. WOM (waste of money).
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Version 4.2.3
1 answer(s)
JamesHarrisPhoto
JamesHarrisPhoto
01 July 2019
Did you contact their tech support? I have been using BetterZip for years and have never experienced it freezing or using 100% of the CPU.
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Ralphbln
08 June 2019
Have been using this app since version 2. Never let me down. A must have if you deal with Windows/Linux users on a regular basis (BetterZip filters out all the pesky .DS_store files and other Mac specific cr*p that nobody cares for). Creating compressed files in whatever format is a breeze. Also extracting only selected files from large archives. Developer is very responsive (contacted him twice).
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Version 4.2.3
Hugheba
08 April 2019
Does the job when it works, freezes/hangs more often than it works. I try to avoid using it. Been waiting 5 minutes on "Extracting items temporiarily 0B of 224B"...it can't extract 244B???
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Version 4.2.3
drwebmail
13 March 2019
By far the best out of what exists. Great supportive developer. Updated regularly. Quicklook Preview. Supports nearly all compressed formats. Setup Presets to handle deleting extra file remnants like Hazel. Generous demo policy. Support good developers. Worth the money.
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Version 4.2.2
ahmedhatata-ah
05 February 2019
The best ever archiver utility app I have ever come across in the market , this software is simply works and pleasantly fast and powerful . It really take the archive to the next level . Great company and supportive updates . It's price deserves every piny.
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Version 4.2.2
Aargl
15 November 2018
Hi! In version 2 it was possible to double-click an app inside an archive and the app was launched, a file and the file opened, a folder and the folder opened... Doesn't seem to be possible any more or am I missing something ? When I double-click on an item, its name is being displayed under the tool bar (like "name_of_the_archive > name_of_the_file") and nothing else happens... :-o If this is true, it loses what made Betterzip interesting to me...
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Version 4.2.1
Jianni
18 October 2018
As promised by the dev, today I got warned by the app that version 4.2.1 was ready :) https://macitbetter.com/BetterZip.zip Thanks again for the quick fix for elCap users. Works great and even faster than before !
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Version 4.2
Jianni
16 October 2018
Updated from 4.1.3 to 4.2 (elCapitan 10.11.6):

Double clicking as usual on archives, nothing happens.
Only way to make the BZ's window open and show the archive content is through "Open" from the menubar or from QuickLook + click in one of the shown archive elements.
Tried the usual actions: trash preferences and caches, but nothing change.

The same issue, in the same OS, is reported by other users as well in some mac forum...
Going back to v.4.1.3, everything works properly
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Version 4.2
2 answer(s)
Macitbetter
Macitbetter
17 October 2018
My apologies. I used an API that's only available in macOS 10.12 and later. I'll have a fixed update later today.
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Jianni
Jianni
17 October 2018
Thanks for your replay and the next coming fix :)
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tx517
20 June 2018
I have tried BetterZip 4.1.3 (using mainly Stuffit then The Unarchiver for decompressing files).

One very bad surprise has unfortunately appeared: BetterZip has, without my knowledge let alone my consent, totally changed the Finder QuickLook. When QuickLooking an dmg file, a very big QuickLook window appears, which is confusing and unnecessary. It seems there is no option in BetterZip to deactivate this (if anyone knows otherwise, please let me know.).

While some people may enjoy this, forcing it on the user is a behaviour that is for me not acceptable.

P.S. Better also states that many dmg files cannot be viewed being encrypted, while they can be mounted without any password...
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Version 4.1.3
1 answer(s)
Macitbetter
Macitbetter
22 June 2018
Unfortunately, the Quick Look system does not give users a way to customize which generator to use for which file type. At the time I created the BetterZip QL generator, there was no other that supported DMGs. If there is one now that you can recommend that is better than what BetterZip offers, I'll gladly remove the format from the supported list in one of the next updates. One clarification: BetterZip doesn't change anything on your system. It just offers the QL support for many file types and macOS recognizes and uses it. The moment you remove BetterZip from your Mac, everything will be back to the way it was before. There is no secret installation of components or modification of system files.
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p6xu-8kwh
22 March 2018
Very nice and works much more smoothly than WinZip or Apple's built in app.
Like (4)
Version 4.1
$24.95

3.9

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later
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