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The Unarchiver Reviews4.2.2

28 May 2020

Replacement for the built-in Archive Utility.

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jrg-2
15 March 2020
Version: 4.2.0

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It works very well for downloading files from my Samsung Galaxy 8. Unfortunately I am not able to open the archived file on my MacBook Pro. It does not allow me to open specific files. I worked for hours trying to open the files to no avail.
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Aargl
27 May 2020
Version: 4.2.2
While I value the advices of Mcr and Derekcurrie — yes, Keka is great! :-) — I keep The Unarchiver around, probably only for RAR or if someday I have a reluctant archive that I'll have to try opening with different apps... I never had issues with it, and if it ever tries to access the internet, Little Snitch does its job. ;-)
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Derekcurrie
27 May 2020
Version: 4.2.2
Get Keka instead. Keka's a better, more reliable app. Keka's still FREE (but it's shareware) if you download it directly from the developer (IOW not the Mac App Store). - - https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/32512/keka - - Unarchiver has turned into clunkware, no longer adequately supported.
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distreszed
27 May 2020
Version: 4.2.2
does the job flawless
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ShotBlocker
14 April 2020
Version: 4.2.1
See Mcr's helpful review comment dated 3/5/20 below. "The Unarchiver" was a small, useful utility until taken over by MacPaw, the Ukranian purveyor of "CleanMyMac X," another heavily marketed product of dubious value in the burgeoning macOS "cleaner" space. I've deleted "The Unarchiver" in favor of Keka, as many at MacUpdate have recommended. -SB
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jrg-2
15 March 2020
Version: 4.2.0
It works very well for downloading files from my Samsung Galaxy 8. Unfortunately I am not able to open the archived file on my MacBook Pro. It does not allow me to open specific files. I worked for hours trying to open the files to no avail.
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Mcr
05 March 2020
Version: 4.2.0
I have removed this app from my Mac, despite at one time having used it for years. Here's why: 1) App is now owned by MacPaw; acquired from the original developer. MacPaw is the same company that makes CleanMyMac X and CleanMyPC...products and company that have questionable reputation. 2) SENTRY is integrated into Unarchiver, supposedly according to dev to allow for 'crash reports' to be sent back to fix bugs; but Little Snitch shows this app 'phones home' regularly, even when there has been no errors...why? What info is being sent? See #1 above and add 1 + 1, regards companys' reputation etc. 3) source code is no longer open source; ostensibly to hide what calls home are doing and sending. 4) Keka does everything Unarchiver can do, with no RAR errors, and handles more formats, plus Keka can also ARCHIVE and unarchive, while Unarchiver can only unarchive, so why keep two apps? 5) the company has caught on that some users are uncomfortable with their reputation, so they created a website just for Unarchiver (theunarchiver.com) rather than directing users to macpaw.com, thinking this will help mask the fact that it is MacPaw behind the curtain.
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Just-Annutha-Dewd
24 February 2019
Version: 4.1.0
I've been a long time user and fan of The Unarchiver. It does one job and one job only, and does it well. Well mostly. It has always had issues with multipart RAR archives that are named like this: archive.part01.rar archive.part02.rar ... and so on. In the past, The Unarchiver would just give an error and quit, forcing me to resort to an alternative to open the archive up. It's disappointing enough that the software has never been updated to address this shortcoming, but the recent update (version 4.1.0) has made things worse, Rather than generating the error and quitting, it now not only fails to generate the error but also moves the first part to the trash. That's unacceptable. Until this is fixed, I can only recommend rolling back to an older version.
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PaulWilkinson9977
09 February 2019
Version: 4.1.0
Works well but would love to see this with dark mode also! Looks a bit rubbish when using MacOS in dark mode.
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Sgilbert
10 September 2018
Version: 4.0.0
WTH, MacUpdate! 4.0 has been out since June---This is September.
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nobody2011
15 June 2018
Version: 3.11.6
Version 4.0 is out https://theunarchiver.com/ Date: 13. June 2018
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5
jcraig
30 May 2018
Version: 3.11.6
Always one of the first apps I install on a new machine. Rock solid.
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5
Leesa
07 March 2018
Version: 3.11.4
Very Nice little app that does exactly what it does great.
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Mahdizadeh
16 October 2017
Version: 3.11.2
how to open/extract rar5 ?
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PaulWilkinson9977
02 September 2017
Version: 3.11.2
Brilliant reliable app and used for years. Don't know about others but I seem to be having problems with this new update. Having a few .rar files which aren't able to be extracted, but can be extracted using other apps like Dr. Unarchiver.......
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Quiiick
01 September 2017
Version: 3.11.2
Happy to see this useful app being updated after 2 years! :)
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Abramurkwian
22 June 2017
Version: 3.11.1
Really useful app! It does its job very well. A word to developer: please do add a "Compression" tab in preferences. It is not always desirable to make the archive in the same folder as source.
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MichaelHaeusler
31 May 2017
Version: 3.11.1
Great app. Best unarchiver. In many years it had a problem only with one archive. Only Keka comes close.
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4.5
Bumbleb
16 June 2016
Version: 3.11.1
Good app, gets the job done. Useful preference options, useful feedback on archive contents that couldn't be extracted. Recommended.
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Haliomaster
25 May 2016
Version: 3.11.1
The Unarchiver is a good compression tool. That said, it isn't very stable at times. Locking up and crashing happens a lot running it in OS X 10.11.x Nowadays I switched to Keka. Rock solid.
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LionessSue
23 November 2015
Version: 3.10.1
Handy and supports many formats
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uce-hole
22 November 2015
Version: 3.10.1
One of those free little utilities that is so handy & free. Thank you dev!
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Anon42
24 September 2015
Version: 3.10.1
MU needs to update the min OS system requirements. 3.10.1 (still) does not work on Snow Leopard (10.6.7 in my case). No big problem since I've never had a problem with The Unarchiver 3.9.1. {I have my reasons for not going past OSX 10.6.7].

FWIW I still see the kSecDigestSHA1 reference from Sparkle with 3.10.1.

Note that unar and lsar 1.9.1 appear to work (1.9 was crashing too) on my system. So I can at least update my 1.8.1 versions with the 1.9.1's.
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Jgj
24 September 2015
Version: 3.10.1
3.10.1 was quickly released on the heels of 3.10, but on the archive pages and bitbucket I see no 3.10.1 Legacy edition. Does that not exist? There's no unar/lsar 1.9.1 Legacy either.
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Abuosman
23 September 2015
Version: 3.10
I liked the Unarchiver so much, but the newest version crashes on Mavericks...
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Dougster
23 September 2015
Version: 3.10
Faultless. Brilliant.
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misjase
23 September 2015
Version: 3.10
This is simply excellent free software which has for years been my default extraction tool...! I am curious if “better support for Zip, 7z, gzip, and NSIS files” implies updated versions of these modes of compression...? Even so, I have not noticed any issues with these particular kind of files... When it comes to RAR files (split and single) I have so far kept a copy of unRarX (with DIY latest unrar binary) since there has been *rare* instances where The Unarchiver have not been able to join/extract archives (no password involved) or, worse, omitted to extract selections of their contents without reporting. unRarX will, on the other hand, always extract these correctly. But perhaps this unRarX “bystand” will not be a necessary precaution anymore...? I do hope that the unrar version is the latest in The Unarchiver 3.10, but have not found any information about this yet. But as said, this issue concerns RARe :-) cases and will not prevent me from using it as my default unarchiver.
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Quiiick
23 September 2015
Version: 3.10
Finally! :)
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neartheredrocks
21 June 2015
Version: 3.9.1
I also had nothing but problems with The Unarchiver since some time but they are all gone since I downloaded (and use) the legacy version directly from the developer's website. I am glad about this because I really like the quit-after-unarchiving feature.
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0.5
Penguirl
19 June 2015
Version: 3.9.1
I used The Unarchiver for years and loved it. Then one day it stopped working, giving a message that the file was corrupt or incomplete (I don't recall the exact message, this was some time ago). Switched to Stuffit (yes, Stuffit) Expander and haven't looked back. I wish Expander would quit after unarchiving like TA does but that is a minor issue easily handled with a kb shortcut.
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Mikael-B
14 June 2015
Version: 3.9.1
To my surprise I just discovered that Unarchiver won't extract usual TIFF-files properly claiming file format is "unsupported". At least if the archive is a sitx.
In addition Unarchiver won't actually use "use for all" settings if there is a problem when batch processing and you get a dialog on how to handle that type of issue. All following similar issues gives you the same dialog anew even if you check "use for all".

Unarchiver is free and usually works, but maybe it's time to look for a better solution.
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Welandr
01 March 2015
Version: 3.9.1
great app perfect
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richb1993
28 February 2015
Version: 3.9.1
An essential app for any Mac owner. Will extract pretty much everything you throw at it and is unobtrusive. Highly recommended.
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22soft
30 December 2014
Version: 3.9.1
Fot the first time I used it I was very glad. I don't really know whether it's a last version's feature or not but now after double-click on archive file I get 2 times Preferences window and one time working. If you think that it will help you to get donation you are not right. Quite vice a versa.
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stew-1
08 December 2014
Version: 3.9.1
Still no RAR 5 support even though it's been out for a year now.
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anonymous-dingo-1058
06 November 2014
Version: 3.9.1
Useless
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2.5
Manu-V
21 October 2014
Version: 3.9.1
Impossible to use with Yosemite. Only the preference panel appears… I hope an update soon !
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Macinman
17 October 2014
Version: 3.9.1
For the Developer, Theunarrchiver no longer allows file types to be selected and deselected under yosemite. I went to the site looking for a contact link but didn't find one. Hope the dev reads here :)
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gaboleal3010
08 October 2014
Version: 3.9.1
It Does not allows me to download it .-.
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Orytek
30 August 2014
Version: 3.9.1
I'm not able to Queue files for batch extraction. Meaning if I choose to expand several files at once, it does not work.
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polocanada
13 July 2014
Version: 3.9.1
Works fine but odd thing happens on occasion when batch extracting the files. On occasion it would show error, saying extraction failed, and then all following files in the batch also fail to extract, even through the other files are part of a completely separate archive. When I go to redo extraction, things work fine, but sometimes I end up extracting individual files. There is something with the batch process and it just stops the whole extraction batch instead of stopping just extraction of a specific archive if the archive has an error (which is not a case at all anyways).
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4.5
Rubaiyat
23 June 2014
Version: 3.9.1
I favour this over UnRarX because it neatly extracts RAR, doing everything in the right order. It extracts to a folder and doesn't just dump loose files in the folder. It asks for the password if there is one before running away with the extraction. Clean and neat.
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Markoh
14 May 2014
Version: 3.9.1
Archive Expert looks like a good alternative: https://itunes.apple.com/de/app/archive-expert/id802854212 Buuuahahahahaha http://i.imgur.com/F3WsUiS.jpg (Archive Expert) http://i.imgur.com/F3WsUiS.jpg (The Unarchiver)
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Martin Beneš
19 January 2014
Version: 3.9.1
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.
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Jean-Loup
05 November 2013
Version: 3.9.1
Would be nice to add the compatibility with RAR 5.0. :-) => http://www.rarlab.com/rar/rarosx-5.0.0.tar.gz Thank you !
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Foulger
25 October 2013
Version: 3.9.1
Doesn't Work in Maverick. Apple native one now works well.
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Dougster
02 October 2013
Version: 3.9
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.
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Waveman
23 August 2013
Version: 3.8
Great utility, wish it could "cue-up" RAR files instead of going one at a time
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freevito
07 July 2013
Version: 3.8
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.
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GeogProf
06 July 2013
Version: 3.8
I like it, but I like Keka better because it’s faster — especially on OS 10.6.8.
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GeogProf
06 July 2013
Version: 3.8
I like it, but I like Keka better because it’s faster — especially on OS 10.6.8.
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