CNET Editors' review
Users who handle large files may need an application to compress and extract them. Keka for Mac performs all of the functions expected of a file archive application, and has many options that would be useful for advanced users.
The program is free, and better yet, comes without any advertisements. The download and installation completed as quickly as expected. There did not appear to be any technical support or product updates available, and furthermore, there were no instructions, which less experienced Mac users might find disappointing since the program's options can be confusing. The user interface also lacks helpful details, but the program proved easy enough to use. The settings menu has options for type of output, with all of the commonly-used formats available. Users can also adjust the speed of the compression and the output file location. While there are few additional options, Keka for Mac also allows extraction of compressed files, which is a must for this type of program. Once set to default, the program can be operated by right-clicking on files that need to be compressed. During our testing, compression completed as quickly as in similar programs.
Despite its dated interface, Keka for Mac performs compression and extractions well and works with a number of useful formats. This program is suitable for advanced Mac users dealing with larger files.
keka is a free file archiver for Mac OS X.
keka is a Mac OS X frontend GUI of p7zip, the UNIX port of 7-Zip.
- 7z (.7z)
- ZIP (.zip)
- Gzip (.gz)
- Bzip2 (.bz2)
- Tar (.tar)
Supported formats (only extracting)
- Lzma (.lzma)
- RAR (.rar)
- ACE (.ace)
What's new in this version:
- Compatible with OS X Mavericks
- Updated unrar 4.11 to unrar 5.00 (Thanks to rarlab)
- Updated Growl framework to 2.0.1 version enabling Notification Center support
- Fixed Quit problems (yes, again...)
- Added Japanese translation (Thanks to Lotusbrod)
- Added French translation (Thanks to Benoît)
- Added German translation (Thanks to S. Brandt and PSW Group)
- Added Hungarian translation (Thanks to András Oravecz)
- Added... See all new features
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"Small, fast, flexible"
Version: Keka 1.0.3
Handling almost any type of archive file on a Mac is a breeze with Keka - it is now set as default for most types of common extraction on my Mac (supplemented by UnRarX and Unarchiver). Ironically, this combination of freeware makes my paid-for copy of Stuffit Deluxe completely redundant, and Keka has worked for me where Stuffit has been defeated by certain file types. I think I have not used Stuffit for more than 3 years!
None really. One thing that's useful about UnRarX and Unarchiver is that they allow you to (to varying degrees) pinpoint how and why an extraction failed, more precisely than the typical -2 or -3 errors returned by Keka.
This would be a great feature for future versions.
If you are Mac-based and work with compressed archives, it's a must-have.
"Can extract, compress (7z), split & encrypt files..."
Version: Keka 0.1.4.2
Uses 7z to compress files (faster and much smaller file size in end)
Option to encrypt filenames and password protect files as well
You're given many settings you can toggle, make them default or change your mind for different files
- Have none
I was looking for an app able to compress using 7z format;
the ability to archive then compress and come out with a file that's smaller than any normal .zip before and done in half the time; sold!
with keka; you can set your defaults or change your mind from file to file
i.e.: the final format type, speed of compression, (non)splitting of your files, choice of encrypted filename and so forth...
You don't have so many different options when using another (un)archiving app (esp a free one).
Sticking with keka; this one does it all.
"This is my default compressor/uncompressor"
Version: Keka 0.1.3.1
The main reason why I got this is because of its ability to split files. So if you wanted to send someone or upload a file or files and it was too big, you could use this software to split the files into several pieces and do what you needed to do.
None at all.
You could also add a password to the compressed file if you are using .7z or .zip but I would recommend 7z as it compresses the file better. You can also encrypt filenames so without a password no one will know what type of files are inside the encrypted file.
"AWESOME! Converted a 1.33 GB .dmg to 314 MB!"
Version: Keka 0.1b1
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
This thing works considerably better than all other .7z archivers I've tried. Try the "Ultra" setting. The "Normal" setting is fast, but the "Ultra" setting created an archive 6% smaller in only 3% more time.
Seriously, give this FREE app a try. The only things it lacks that I would like it to have are 1) the ability to make plain old .dmg disk images, and more importantly 2) a preference to make a contextual menu item to launch it.