The Unarchiver
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The Unarchiver is a much more capable replacement for "Archive Utility.app", the built-in archive unpacker program in Mac OS X.

The Unarchiver is designed to handle many more formats than Archive Utility, and to better fit in with the design of the Finder. It can also handle filenames in foreign character sets, created with non-English versions of other operating systems. Supported file formats include Zip, Tar-GZip, Tar-BZip2, Rar, 7-zip, LhA, StuffIt and many other more or less obscure formats. It is localized into Japanese, German, Spanish, French,
What's New
Version 3.9.1:
  • Fixed extraction of double-format archives like .tar.gz, which was accidentally broken in 3.9.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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The Unarchiver User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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Martin-Beneš reviewed on 19 Jan 2014
After I had problem with character settings of filename in zip, I tryied The Unarchvier too. What Entropy, Winzip, Betterzip, etc. cant, The Unarchiver can ... I set The Unarchiver as my default unarchiver.
[Version 3.9.1]


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Foulger commented on 25 Oct 2013
Doesn't Work in Maverick. Apple native one now works well.
[Version 3.9.1]

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Mikael B replied on 17 Dec 2013
3.9.1 works in Mavericks.
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Andrewrodney replied on 19 Dec 2013
It works for me but not like it did prior to the update of the OS. It does unzip the files but always asks permission to do so, says once I click OK it will allow the use of that path. But I have to do this every use.
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Mikael B replied on 19 Dec 2013
@Andrewrodney, I don't have this issue. Are you perhaps not an admin on this machine? It sounds like your user don't have permissions to make changes to the folder in question. Normally the user have full permissions to his/hers folder content under the /Users/[user]/Downloads hierarchy.

You can change owner and permissions in Finder or in Terminal with the "chown" and "chmod" command.
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Andrewrodney replied on 19 Dec 2013
I have Admin but maybe it's the desktop permissions where I'm trying to save that's an issue. Thanks, I'll look into it.
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Christian Schwang replied on 05 Jan 2014
@Andrewrodney, If you downloaded it via the Mac App Store, this is Apple's Sandbox kicking in. You can work around this issue if you download the non App Store Version from the Developer's site
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Bdikkat commented on 02 Oct 2013
Hmm.. Listing on Mac App Store says there's a bug with version 3.9 and to wait for version 3.9.1 ... ?
[Version 3.9]

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Circlesoft (developer) replied on 02 Oct 2013
Yes, and it will be here any minute now.
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Kobalt replied on 02 Oct 2013
Thanks to the dev. Tou can get 3.9.1 here

http://theunarchiver.googlecode.com/files/TheUnarchiver3.9.1.zip
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Frank-O'Connor replied on 03 Oct 2013
Nice catch, Circlesoft. :)
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Dougster reviewed on 02 Oct 2013
I gave up with Apple's Archive Utility a long time ago after it started playing around,and I found this,The Unarchiver,and it is absolutely rock solid,never letting me down. Thank you.
[Version 3.9]

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Mikael B replied on 17 Dec 2013
I never had a problem opening anything at all with Archive Utility, but then I jumped Mountain Lion and downgraded from Lion to Snow Leopard more than a year ago. Perhaps it was better there. Now I'm on Mavericks.

I use Archive Utility for automatic unarchiving together with Hazel which deletes the original and moves the content elsewhere and Unarchiver for when I want to unarchive something and keep the original intact.
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Waveman reviewed on 22 Aug 2013
Great utility, wish it could "cue-up" RAR files instead of going one at a time
[Version 3.8]

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Kobalt replied on 01 Oct 2013
Maybe I'm not understanding you quite correctly, but I find that selecting a bunch of RAR files and simply double-clicking the lot makes then expand one after another without further intervention.
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Circlesoft (developer) replied on 02 Oct 2013
There appears to be a strange bug in OS X that causes RAR files to get lost when clicking on multiple ones at a time. If you click on them one by one, it is more likely to work. I have been unable to find out what causes this, but authors of other programs have experienced the same.
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Mikael B replied on 17 Dec 2013
I use UnrarX for multiple archives and it will always work, also for the occasional password protected ones. Unarchiver usually works too. I always click the root file and make sure they are all in the same folder next to each other.
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Vito reviewed on 07 Jul 2013
The Unarchiver is a great app that does exactly what it's supposed to do. It's faster than OS X's built-in archive utility, but the main reason I like it is that it doesn't render huge quantities of memory inactive when I’m compressing large numbers of big files ( ≥ 1GB ).

The built-in utility chews up active memory and spits out big-time inactive memory after compressing just a few large files. If you don’t have lots of RAM installed, the system slows to a crawl. I DO have lots of RAM (32GB), but that doesn’t help when I have dozens of large files to compress.

Yeah, I know I can use the "purge" command in Terminal.app, and that's certainly one instance in which it's quite useful to clear inactive memory. But with The Unarchiver, there's less need to do that. It creates far less inactive memory. It's my go-to application for compressing files.
[Version 3.8]

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Mikael B replied on 17 Dec 2013
What's "large" in your case?
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Vito replied on 17 Dec 2013
To Mikael B: As my original post specifies, there are "dozens of large files", and explicitly states that they are files ≥ 1GB in file size.
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GeoProf commented on 06 Jul 2013
I like it, but I like Keka better because it’s faster — especially on OS 10.6.8.
[Version 3.8]


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GeoProf commented on 06 Jul 2013
I like it, but I like Keka better because it’s faster — especially on OS 10.6.8.
[Version 3.8]


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GeoProf commented on 06 Jul 2013
I like it, but I like Keka better because it’s faster — especially on OS 10.6.8.
[Version 3.8]


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tjekov37 reviewed on 05 Jul 2013
In AppStore is v 3.7 , and have not update to v 3.8 ?
[Version 3.8]

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Monkeyjunkey replied on 05 Jul 2013
We do love Apples MAS, don't we?
Imo a flawed by design system. Nice to see developers starting to ignore that stuff and had back to the much better system of taking care of the distribution themselves.
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Vito replied on 07 Jul 2013
The App Store takes control away from the user in the name of "ease of use". Apparently it's part of Apple's ongoing process of dumbing down the Mac experience. I've lost count of how many apps I've wanted to try and ended up saying "No thanks" because they do not offer any other access besides the App Store.

Thanks for making The Unarchiver directly available without the the tyranny of the App Store.
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Mikael B replied on 17 Dec 2013
I feel Mac App store is good, but we must fight the picture that there aren't developers out there worth supporting that choose to distribute from their own web sites and via sites like Macupdate and others.

The Mac app universe existed before App Store and if the people at Apple are smart they will make sure it stays alive.
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Jean-Loup had trouble on 05 Nov 2013
Would be nice to add the compatibility with RAR 5.0. :-)

=> http://www.rarlab.com/rar/rarosx-5.0.0.tar.gz

Thank you !
[Version 3.9.1]


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Aargl had trouble on 18 Nov 2012
351 legacy crashes on my iMac G5. (33 doesn't)
[Version 3.5.1]

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Aargl replied on 08 Jul 2013
Hi!
I've been trying every legacy version since 3.3 and it crashes on launch (still iMac G5 10.5.8)
Sticking to 3.3.
Should I try ditching some pref or else?
Thanks anyway for the effort. ;-)
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Gcoghill had trouble on 17 Oct 2012
Anyone know how to allow The Unarchiver to extract files in 10.8 when invoking using Automation (Hazel in this case)?

I keep getting a dialog box that requires me to manually allow the extraction of RAR files, assuming because they are newly downloaded.

I thought the non-MAS version would solve this, but that's not the case.
[Version 3.4]

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Circlesoft (developer) replied on 18 Oct 2012
Make sure to use the Legacy version if you don't want sandboxing.
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Gcoghill replied on 18 Oct 2012
Thank you! Wasn't sure if there was a way to set "permissions" of some sort.
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gambit77 had trouble on 08 Sep 2012
I am having an issue using this program to extract files. When i try to use the program I get a message that says "Error on decrunching"

How do I resolve this?
[Version 3.3]


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Fronk74 had trouble on 08 Apr 2012
I downloaded two different zipped applications and i unarchived them with The Unarchiver. Both rendered useless after that. That means the apps do not start. I extracted the same archives with the original Apple Unarchiver that comes with Lion and they work?
[Version 3.1.1]

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Circlesoft (developer) replied on 09 Apr 2012
It is an OS X sandbox bug. Extracted apps will not work on the first launch, but should work after that.

If you have disabled quarantining, they might not work at all. Either enable it again, or try the legacy version which is not sandboxed.
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Goldyn Chyld had trouble on 06 Apr 2012
Why does it no longer open the folder upon extracting it?
[Version 3.1]

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Circlesoft (developer) replied on 06 Apr 2012
Bug, will be fixed in 3.2 hopefully.
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JosephAW had trouble on 03 Apr 2012
Please remove PPC in the requirements. Only works with Intel processor now. Even the legacy version.
[Version 3.1]

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JosephAW replied on 04 Apr 2012
Thank you.
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Arghwhymustiregister had trouble on 22 Jun 2011
Any idea how to make the app show up in the app switcher? (while it's working of course)

Would really like to switch to the progress window while it opens the rar files.

Any help appreciated - other than that i really like this app =) Thanks dev
[Version 2.7.1]


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Aargl had trouble on 13 Jun 2011
I've adopted this utility a few months ago but today, extracting a .sit archive I've stuffed myself with the proper ware, I'm amazed to see it extracts only some folders, and worst of all, it mixes up folders and sub-folders as if they were at the same level!
And not even an error message!
I'm coming back right now to Stuffit, at least for its formats!
[Version 2.7.1]


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Goldyn Chyld had trouble on 25 Apr 2011
Whenever I extract a .rar file (not sure about other formats right now), when it is about to finish extracting, it will stall for a couple of seconds and only then finally complete the task, open the folder and ditch the .rar file into Trash.

This wasn't the case in 2.6 though. Why is it like that in 2.7?
[Version 2.7]



Eat_A_Peach rated on 19 Apr 2014

[Version 3.9.1]



menzmann rated on 24 Feb 2014

[Version 3.9.1]



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Runtime rated on 22 Feb 2014

[Version 3.9.1]



Henk Post rated on 05 Feb 2014

[Version 3.9.1]



Martin-Beneš rated on 19 Jan 2014

[Version 3.9.1]



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Bigusdickus rated on 09 Nov 2013

[Version 3.9.1]



Ahmad Rady rated on 30 Oct 2013

[Version 3.9.1]



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RONIN427 rated on 03 Oct 2013

[Version 3.9.1]



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Badgerone rated on 02 Oct 2013

[Version 3.9]



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Old_guy rated on 02 Oct 2013

[Version 3.9]


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Date:02 Oct 2013
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The Unarchiver is a much more capable replacement for "Archive Utility.app", the built-in archive unpacker program in Mac OS X.

The Unarchiver is designed to handle many more formats than Archive Utility, and to better fit in with the design of the Finder. It can also handle filenames in foreign character sets, created with non-English versions of other operating systems. Supported file formats include Zip, Tar-GZip, Tar-BZip2, Rar, 7-zip, LhA, StuffIt and many other more or less obscure formats. It is localized into Japanese, German, Spanish, French, Portugese and Russian.


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