The Unarchiver

Version: 3.2 || Release Date: 2012-05-09 || License: GPL Developer: Dag Ågren | App Owner: sarnesjo

Multi-format unarchiver app for OS X.

The Unarchiver is a much more capable replacement for "BOMArchiveHelper.app", the built-in archive unpacker program in Mac OS X. The Unarchiver is designed to handle many more formats than BOMArchiveHelper, 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.

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blackjack75: Wow, that's a truly awesome idea! If only I had some spare time... :)

How about turning this app into a MacFuse plugin? We'd get transparent archive files browsing through the whole system.

Ok, no small task I know, but once can dream...

Kind of annoys me that the unpacker isn't reachable through a dockicon or command-tab. If it falls behind another window, there's no easy way to get to it.

@mohamednazmi : I knew about that option, but it also opened (ie, executed) any file, if only a single file was extracted (and not to a folder). Though I had an older version.

The good news: this is fixed! w00t for updates, eh?

Ah, I miss the days when StuffIt was owned by a small and funny company, and .sit was all the hype over to .cpt !

"THis sounds great, but I dont get whats wrong with Stuffit. Seems to work fine for me. Could someone please explain?"

How about, it's horribly heavy for what it does (while this is pretty instantaneous). Not to mention the fact that Stuffit is a commercial beast and this is all free.

Only grievance for me: if its the default for .zip files, it kills Safari's auto-decompress. Otherwise, one of the best pieces of software I've seen...

Very nice. I only wish it had the option to open folders after extraction, and not just to execute whatever file it extracted.
Still, unobtrusive, and better than Stuffit in every way imagineable. And TONS of format support.

Great app. Lets me use Stuffit quite a bit less, and that's good, because that program sucks.

Hey, just found out that this doesn't allow for encrypted .rar files (a lot of movie torrents use this).
The author admits as much on his "issues" development page (2nd "issue" down")
http://code.google.com/p/theunarchiver/issues/list?updated=2&ts=1159102635

So I've been forced to continue using UnRarX as well, for my .rar files :(

Hopefully this will be addressed in a future release.

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