BetterZip
BetterZip
5.1.1
4.1
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BetterZip free download for Mac

BetterZip for Mac

24 June 2021

Archiving tool.

What is BetterZip for Mac

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 5.1.1:
New Features
  • Support for opening and extracting single (non-tar) zst and brotli archives.
Bug Fixes and Enhancements
  • BetterZip 5.1 couldn't open, extract, or create tar archives on macOS 10.13 and 10.14.
  • The drop areas on the drop bar were skewed on macOS Big Sur.
  • BetterZip 5 couldn't open rpm archives and iso disk images.
  • The Direct Mode menu item didn’t show a check mark when it was toggled on.
  • Fixed a crasher that could occur when viewing or Quick Looking files in archives under certain conditions.
  • Fixed a crasher that could occur when saving archives under certain conditions.
  • Contextual menu commands “Open in new window/tab” in the Favorites sidebar are now being disabled for non-archive items.
  • When an archive cannot be handled, is damaged, or password protected, the Quick Look extension will no longer display annoying error messages.
  • A gz file inside an rpm archive couldn’t be extracted.
  • When no encoding was set in an extract preset, the drop-down button in the preferences displayed “Arabic (DOS)” instead of “Detect Automatically”.
  • Increased default panel size and enhanced column resizing in the Quick Look extension.
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Funjoy
Funjoy
Jun 24 2021
5.1.1
0.0
Jun 24 2021
0.0
Version: 5.1.1
Regularly updated and works well. I'm a huge fan of the built-in Quick Look Generator so you can view the contents of a zip archive in the Finder without opening it. (I tried to write a review but the page wouldn't save/complete.) I'd give it 4.5 stars.
ivryernest
ivryernest
Mar 19 2021
5.1
1.0
Mar 19 2021
1.0
Version: 5.1
I never use any app with "Better" in his name !
dabcca
dabcca
Jun 14 2019
4.2.3
2.0
Jun 14 2019
2.0
Version: 4.2.3
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).
Ralphbln
Ralphbln
Jun 8 2019
4.2.3
5.0
Jun 8 2019
5.0
Version: 4.2.3
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).
Hugheba
Hugheba
Apr 8 2019
4.2.3
2.5
Apr 8 2019
2.5
Version: 4.2.3
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???
drwebmail
drwebmail
Mar 13 2019
4.2.2
5.0
Mar 13 2019
5.0
Version: 4.2.2
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.
ahmedhatata-ah
ahmedhatata-ah
Feb 5 2019
4.2.2
5.0
Feb 5 2019
5.0
Version: 4.2.2
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.
Aargl
Aargl
Nov 15 2018
4.2.1
2.0
Nov 15 2018
2.0
Version: 4.2.1
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...
Jianni
Jianni
Oct 18 2018
4.2
2.0
Oct 18 2018
2.0
Version: 4.2
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 !
Jianni
Jianni
Oct 16 2018
4.2
2.0
Oct 16 2018
2.0
Version: 4.2
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
tx517
tx517
Jun 20 2018
4.1.3
2.0
Jun 20 2018
2.0
Version: 4.1.3
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...
p6xu-8kwh
p6xu-8kwh
Mar 22 2018
4.1
5.0
Mar 22 2018
5.0
Version: 4.1
Very nice and works much more smoothly than WinZip or Apple's built in app.
EmilGH
EmilGH
Feb 22 2018
4.0.3
1.0
Feb 22 2018
1.0
Version: 4.0.3
I'm not sure how this is better than the macOS built-in archive utility... I mean, it costs more, so it's got that going for it.
dwp-1
dwp-1
Oct 7 2017
4.0.1
4.5
Oct 7 2017
4.5
Version: 4.0.1
BetterZip is the __best__ of all the archiving tools available for my archiving/unarchiving needs. From being able to add preconfigured preset archiving to any file or folder in the Finder from a toolbar in the Finder window to adding presets to the Finder service menu. I've tried most of the archiving utilities on the market. None of of these have the feature set that is available in BetterZip. I do have one feature that the BetterZip developer could add to BetterZip that would please me. I would like to be able to create preconfigured/preset droplets for dragging a file, files or folder onto that would tell BetterZip how to configure the archive as it does with the Finder toolbar and services menu. I currently use the BetterZips Finder toolbar feature for performing preconfigured/preset archiving. However, I would prefer drag and drop, instead of select a file and choose from a menu. This missing feature/preference is a very minor shortcoming for me and is the reason this is a 4.5 star review and not a 5 star review. I have to give the developer some incentive to get a 5 star review from me ;)
jozpy1
jozpy1
Jun 8 2017
4.0
1.0
Jun 8 2017
1.0
Version: 4.0
The author of BetterZip is going to ignore your mail when you approach him about something related to the tool he has been selling. He is terribly unresponsive. How can I purchase his app when he behaves this way?
F451
F451
May 24 2017
4.0
5.0
May 24 2017
5.0
Version: 4.0
Fast, configurable, plays well with others, and the best at what it does. Once you’ve paid the initial price of admission the upgrades are more than reasonably priced (in this case $9.99 for version 4). A must-have for serious Mac users.
jcastilla
jcastilla
Mar 2 2017
3.2.1
4.0
Mar 2 2017
4.0
Version: 3.2.1
It's very convenient to open a zip file without extracting it. As I deal with such files very often, BetterZip became strongly helpful for me. So, I even agree to pay for it.
Drdul
Drdul
Feb 1 2017
3.2
5.0
Feb 1 2017
5.0
Version: 3.2
This is the best archive utility around, and unlike others is actively supported. I used to use another app that hasn't been updated in a couple of years, and is missing some features that BetterZip has, so I made the switch, and am glad I did. I encountered a couple of bugs and reported them to the dev, who responded immediately and released an update within a couple of weeks. He also incorporated a feature request as a hidden setting (see the last section of the help file for a bunch of useful "hidden" settings). If you frequently work with zip files and other archives, or want more control over creating archives and extracting files than the default archive app, then you should give BetterZip a try.
Staps Fanny
Staps Fanny
Jul 15 2016
3.1.2
4.5
Jul 15 2016
4.5
Version: 3.1.2
Good compresssion tool. But I do prefer the much cheaper Keka.
jreffner
jreffner
Feb 8 2016
3.0.4
5.0
Feb 8 2016
5.0
Version: 3.0.4
Well, when Apple integrated zip into the OS, I gave up on 3rd party compression apps, but with newer types of compression such as RAR and 7-zip I decided that I again needed a 3rd party app. After much research I settled on BetterZip, and I have to say that it was a very good choice. The biggest problem with most third party apps is that you need two of them. One for RAR and another for everything else. BetterZip allows you to buy WinRAR and add it to BetterZip's interface thereby allowing you to use one app for it all. I also love the fact that I can set any type of compression (RAR or 7-Zip) to occur through the services via a right click. You can also check the integrity of your files which is handy when your pal tells you he is having a problem with the file you sent or vice versa. Probably the best feature is the tech support. I've sent several of them for three different issues and they were all immediately responded to and solved (it was my mistake in every case). So, if you are looking for a great all-in-one compression app, buy this and WinRAR. It is well worth it.
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