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Editors' Review

The Unarchiver is a handy, free replacement for the MacOS stock Archive Utility, giving you more control over how and where to compress and uncompress files.


Handles more formats: The Unarchiver handles dozens of formats, including a few that the Mac's Archive Utility can't, such as RAR files. You can set The Unarchiver to be the default application for any file type it supports or just drag an archived file onto The Unarchiver icon to have it uncompress the file.

Lots of control: You where The Unarchiver extracts file and what happens to the archive file after you expand it (such as moving it to the Trash). You can also quickly find The Unarchiver in your Applications folder, unlike the Apple's own archive tool, which is buried in System/Library/CoreServices/Applications.


Not a lot of help: It's a free app, so don't expect a lot of help. Beyond a support board for the app and a bit of guidance on a slim Web page, you are on your own.

Bottom Line

If you are looking for more control over archived files on your Mac, The Unarchiver is a free and useful upgrade over what MacOS provides.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.0
  • New icon is here.
  • UI was given a makeover: we leveled every string of text and measured every indent.
  • Localizations were meticulously checked, fixed and then checked again. BTW, did you find an error? Tell our support and we'll fix it right away.
  • Speed was improved. You can now get the contents of the archive you've just downloaded much much faster.
Publisher Dag Agren
Publisher web site
Release Date June 21, 2018
Date Added June 21, 2018
Version 4.0
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Compression
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
  • OS X Mountain Lion
  • OS X Lion
Download Information
File Size 5.48MB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 378,736
Downloads Last Week 140
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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