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Install individual files from .pkg installers and more.

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Pacifist overview

Pacifist opens up .pkg installer packages, .dmg disk images, .zip, .tar. tar.gz, .tar.bz2, .pax, and .xar archives and more, and lets you extract or install individual files out of them. This is useful if you need to install just one file out of a package instead of the entire package (for example, if you deleted your Preview application and need to reinstall it, but not the whole operating system), or if you want to inspect a downloaded package to see what it will do before installing it. Pacifist can also load some archive types over HTTP, in case you want to extract just a single file from a large .zip archive without waiting for the entire archive to download. Finally, Pacifist can examine the kernel extensions installed in your system to let you see what installer installed them, and whether the installer was made by Apple or a third-party.

What’s new in version 4.1.0

Updated on Dec 07 2023

  • Support for macOS Sonoma
  • Added a Spanish localization by Óscar Hérnandez
  • Performance improvements
  • Fixed a bug that could cause excess memory usage in some cases
  • Fixed a bug that could cause items not to extract correctly from Mac OS 9 Installation Tome archives
  • Other miscellaneous bug fixes
View older Pacifist updates

Information

License

Shareware

Size

40.3 MB

Developer’s website

https://www.charlessoft.com/

Downloads

538031

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 10.14.6 or later
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Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Dec 7 2023
4.1.0
5.0
Dec 7 2023
5.0
Version: 4.1.0
BTW: The dev's website is oddly still old HTTP vs encrypted HTTPS. Therefore, buying Pacifist looks a bit scary do to no encryption of your credit card ID, etc. I personally use PayPal for transactions, which is always encrypted and therefore didn't care. If the dev is reading this, PLEASE move up to HTTPS so transactions are clearly safe. As a specialist in Mac security, I know hackers, ISPs and eventually the government are watching. Encrypt everything. 😇
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Dec 7 2023
4.1.0
5.0
Dec 7 2023
5.0
Version: 4.1.0
Registering: Having just bought Pacifist at the dev website, I ran into a bug on my system whereby hitting any of the 'Register' buttons results in a blank popup window. Scrolling down the window only reveals more blank. I don't know what's wrong but, don't do that. Instead, simply double-click the "pacifist-license" file you downloaded after paying for Pacifist. All done!
Vitaly
Vitaly
Feb 27 2022
4.0.3
0.0
Feb 27 2022
0.0
Version: 4.0.3
neither 4.02 nor 4.03 works on macOS 12.3 beta but 4.01 does work
CharlesS
CharlesS
Nov 8 2021
4.0
0.0
Nov 8 2021
0.0
Version: 4.0
Pacifist 4.0 is (finally) here! Sorry for the long wait; this was a complete rewrite in Swift, which turns out to take a while when your codebase is as large as Pacifist's was. It's ready now, though :-) This version is fully compatible with all macOS from Yosemite up through Monterey, and will not suffer from the problems the QuickLook plugin from 3.x had on Big Sur and above. It's also quite a bit prettier. :-)
chukovskij
chukovskij
Apr 6 2021
3.6.2
5.0
Apr 6 2021
5.0
Version: 3.6.2
> works ok but the quick look plugins tells that I'm not registered and shows annoying countdown Update: I got a reply from the support team, quick look plugin registration issue is Big Sur version related and Pacifist team is working on the fix. So the project is still alive, but their support could respond rather slowly. In general, I like the app and mostly use its quick look plugin for archives preview in finder.
chukovskij
chukovskij
Mar 28 2021
3.6.2
5.0
Mar 28 2021
5.0
Version: 3.6.2
I purchased the license, main app (Pacifist 3.6.2, MacOS Big Sur) works ok but the quick look plugins tells that I'm not registered and shows annoying countdown. Pacifist support ignores my emails and doesn't reply / provide any workaround. It is a good app, but seems the project is almost dead and not supported by dev team.
dinagrasmick
dinagrasmick
Mar 27 2021
3.6.2
0.0
Mar 27 2021
0.0
Version: 3.6.2
Need to update from High Sierra 10.13.16 software system to newer version, either Mojave or even Big Sur however getting error saying not compatible even from the Apple store download. Can Pacifist help me overcome this problem?
rardin
rardin
Oct 15 2018
3.6
0.0
Oct 15 2018
0.0
Version: 3.6
I'm sure the folks at MacUpdate will fix this soon, but to avoid any confusion, the new version with support for Mojave is actually 3.6.1 rather than 3.6.
iMacWare
iMacWare
Aug 25 2018
3.6
5.0
Aug 25 2018
5.0
Version: 3.6
I love Pacifist... It can help you find virus' in potential installs too.
Jlock
Jlock
Feb 22 2018
3.6
5.0
Feb 22 2018
5.0
Version: 3.6
I love this app and I use it everyday! A must have for anyone that is working with files and wants to extract them without installing them :)
artie505
artie505
Oct 23 2016
3.5.11
5.0
Oct 23 2016
5.0
Version: 3.5.11
SIMPLY INDISPENSABLE!!! Nuff Said.
artie505
artie505
Aug 21 2016
3.5.9
5.0
Aug 21 2016
5.0
Version: 3.5.9
Pacifist is the only app I've ever run across that breaks when I de-localize, and since there's no way to whitelist it I'm stuck having to trash and reinstall it every time I run Monolingual .

I contacted Charles Srstka, the developer, at least a year ago, but no fix has been forthcoming. (He doesn't de-localize and is, apparently, insensitive to those of us who do.)

One BIG star off an otherwise WONDERFUL app!
fiery12
fiery12
Jun 13 2016
3.5.9
4.0
Jun 13 2016
4.0
Version: 3.5.9
Pacifist is an indispensable utility for those who want to look in the contents of PKG files. This app is a long runner and is still among the first. You can try it as long as you wish and pay with confidence that you get a really useful app. However, my only complain is that there is no column for the "Default Install Location" and I have to open the Info dialog to see the installation path. Also, app sometimes crashes on opening some pkg files, then open them just fine (that's really weird, but not a big issue). And finally, PKG opening apps seems to multiply, but I also need to create PKG files (which Pacifist is not able to do). It looks that PKG creation tools are sparse. All that I tried failed (i.e. Iceberg, Packages).
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
Feb 2 2016
3.5.9
5.0
Feb 2 2016
5.0
Version: 3.5.9
I agree this is a must have for anyone who does much work with compressed files. Among other things, when an archived app is reported as broken when you decompress it or won't run due to the lack of a security certificate from Apple, Pacifist will unpack the archive with proper permissions so the enclosed app will run as you expect. Of course you should only use it on uncertified apps if you trust the developer. I've had files I couldn't extract with Apple's built-in Unarchiver, or even with Stuffit Expander. Pacifist has always done the trick for me. It has been around on the Mac for a long time and is well maintained by the developer. It's worth every penny I paid for it.
chanchunghoong
chanchunghoong
Jun 20 2015
3.5.3
0.0
Jun 20 2015
0.0
Version: 3.5.3
Sorry to ask that this pacifist got provide online serial key validation??
Lucid
Lucid
Feb 12 2015
3.5
5.0
Feb 12 2015
5.0
Version: 3.5
Fantastic!
Wts
Wts
Feb 12 2015
3.5.1
5.0
Feb 12 2015
5.0
Version: 3.5.1
An absolute MUST HAVE software in my tool box. Some third party pkg are just nearly impossible to add mainly due to a permissions thing and so Pacifist comes to the rescue. Sometimes i use Pacifist to initially install a pkg because it runs/provides confirmation data of where the pieces of the package were placed on my hard drive. Top marks for rating and +++++ to bring it up to ten stars.
iMiNiMaL
iMiNiMaL
Feb 10 2015
3.5
5.0
Feb 10 2015
5.0
Version: 3.5
One of the best applications ever developed!
letoparask
letoparask
Sep 15 2014
3.2.17
5.0
Sep 15 2014
5.0
Version: 3.2.17
THANK YOU! Starting my programming course tomorrow, couldn't have installed Python (or anything else) without this. You're my hero. 10/10
Gpatpandp
Gpatpandp
Jun 19 2014
3.2.12
4.5
Jun 19 2014
4.5
Version: 3.2.12
Absolutely indispensable indeed ! Though as OS X 10.10 DP2 was just released, this is now the second Yosemite version that renders Pacifist entirely useless…and I mean literally. While there is plenty of time to get this incredible app up to snuff in time for the public final release of OS X 10.10 in the Fall I must confess that for me personally, it is rather shocking to witness Pacifist completely fail thus far with any Yosemite implementation.
Mmmac-Man
Mmmac-Man
Jan 26 2024
4.1.0
5.0
Jan 26 2024
5.0
Version: 4.1.0
Derekcurrie
Derekcurrie
Dec 7 2023
4.1.0
5.0
Dec 7 2023
5.0
Version: 4.1.0
kom
kom
Jul 26 2023
4.0.5
4.0
Jul 26 2023
4.0
Version: 4.0.5
Dolphinboy2u
Dolphinboy2u
Jan 4 2022
4.0.2
5.0
Jan 4 2022
5.0
Version: 4.0.2
Ervins Strauhmanis
Ervins Strauhmanis
Oct 16 2018
5.0
Oct 16 2018
5.0
Version: null
iMacWare
iMacWare
Aug 25 2018
5.0
Aug 25 2018
5.0
Version: null
Jlock
Jlock
Feb 22 2018
5.0
Feb 22 2018
5.0
Version: null
MacUpdate-Nick
MacUpdate-Nick
Aug 13 2017
5.0
Aug 13 2017
5.0
Version: null
artie505
artie505
Oct 23 2016
5.0
Oct 23 2016
5.0
Version: null
fiery12
fiery12
Jun 13 2016
4.0
Jun 13 2016
4.0
Version: null
Freenergy
Freenergy
Mar 17 2016
4.5
Mar 17 2016
4.5
Version: null
B-Jefferson-Le-Blanc
Feb 2 2016
5.0
Version: null
12324324535
12324324535
Aug 10 2015
5.0
Aug 10 2015
5.0
Version: null
WetNet
WetNet
Feb 25 2015
5.0
Feb 25 2015
5.0
Version: null
Lucid
Lucid
Feb 12 2015
5.0
Feb 12 2015
5.0
Version: null
Wts
Wts
Feb 12 2015
5.0
Feb 12 2015
5.0
Version: null
iMiNiMaL
iMiNiMaL
Feb 10 2015
5.0
Feb 10 2015
5.0
Version: null
letoparask
letoparask
Sep 15 2014
5.0
Sep 15 2014
5.0
Version: null
sideburnedbear
sideburnedbear
Jul 2 2014
4.5
Jul 2 2014
4.5
Version: null
RunTime
RunTime
Jul 1 2014
4.5
Jul 1 2014
4.5
Version: null
Gpatpandp
Gpatpandp
Jun 19 2014
4.5
Jun 19 2014
4.5
Version: null
Mac-Savant
Mac-Savant
Jun 8 2014
1.0
Jun 8 2014
1.0
Version: null
drbroom
drbroom
Jun 5 2014
4.5
Jun 5 2014
4.5
Version: null
Xandra
Xandra
Jun 5 2014
5.0
Jun 5 2014
5.0
Version: null
Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
May 1 2014
5.0
May 1 2014
5.0
Version: null
Ededed
Ededed
Apr 22 2014
4.5
Apr 22 2014
4.5
Version: null
Eat-A-Peach
Eat-A-Peach
Apr 3 2014
4.0
Apr 3 2014
4.0
Version: null
freevito
freevito
Mar 24 2014
5.0
Mar 24 2014
5.0
Version: null
Jazzyguy
Jazzyguy
Mar 22 2014
5.0
Mar 22 2014
5.0
Version: null
Hal-Itosis
Hal-Itosis
Mar 20 2014
5.0
Mar 20 2014
5.0
Version: null
Fishscale
Fishscale
Mar 20 2014
4.5
Mar 20 2014
4.5
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kingofgab
kingofgab
Mar 19 2014
5.0
Mar 19 2014
5.0
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Serbian
Serbian
Mar 18 2014
5.0
Mar 18 2014
5.0
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Bento de Espinosa
Bento de Espinosa
Feb 20 2014
5.0
Feb 20 2014
5.0
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Bob-T
Bob-T
Jan 6 2014
4.5
Jan 6 2014
4.5
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scampan
scampan
Dec 13 2013
4.0
Dec 13 2013
4.0
Version: null
xgman
xgman
Dec 10 2013
3.0
Dec 10 2013
3.0
Version: null
umaromc
umaromc
Dec 10 2013
5.0
Dec 10 2013
5.0
Version: null
miromati03
miromati03
Dec 1 2013
3.5
Dec 1 2013
3.5
Version: null
Turquoise
Turquoise
Oct 30 2013
5.0
Oct 30 2013
5.0
Version: null
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