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Version 2.3.4 | Release Date: 2014-12-01 | Download

Bug fixes

  • Fixed the localizations for OS X 10.10.
  • The text labels on the drop-down buttons in the toolbar were not always correctly enabled/disabled.
  • Extracting multiple tar archives with the queue failed.
  • Fixed some user interface problems on OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Some tar.gz files couldn't be extracted correctly on OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Under certain circumstances, the Keychain wouldn't remember that access to the BetterZip passwords was permanently allowed.
Version 2.3.2 | Release Date: 2013-11-18 | Download
  • Support for the new RAR 5 format.
Bug fixes
  • Restore TAR compatibility on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Compressing and extracting files with extended file attributes (xattrs) are now fully supported.
  • Added a safeguard against storing empty passwords in the password manager.
  • CPGZ archives are handled correctly again.
  • In some cases the main menu was not displayed in the correct language (or only partially).
  • Prevent a very rare crash after upgrading from an older version.
  • Added a Spanish translation for names of default preset.
  • Work around a PDF preview bug in Mac OS X 10.7.4.
  • Added a safeguard against malformed zip archives.
Version 2.3 | Release Date: 2012-05-30 | Download
New features
  • You can now change the preview font and switch line wrapping in the preview on/off.
  • Added Czech and Brazilian Portuguese localizations.
  • BetterZip is now signed with my Apple Developer ID which lets it run with Gatekeeper. Because of this, you will have to allow BetterZip to use its own passwords. It will ask you for each password, but only once if you click "Always allow".
  • Enhanced the replace file panel when updating multiple files in an archive at the same time.
  • You can now reorder the list of presets in the preferences with drag-and-drop.
  • Display service and default (toolbar) markers in the presets lists.
  • Added a setting in Preferences > Advanced to control which Growl notifications to issue (only needed for Growl 1.2 users).
  • Handle incorrectly named tgz and tbz archives more gracefully.
  • Click on dock icon will once again open a new window, if no windows are open and the "new window" option is set in preferences.
  • Updated the included 7-zip commandline tool to the latest version (9.20).
Bug fixes:
  • The BetterZip services were not translated correctly for some languages.
  • Fixed a possible crash when setting a new master password for the password manager.
  • Fixed the misleading error message when trying to extract or save to a read-only folder.
  • The Favorites sidebar's background had drawing errors when BetterZip was in the background.
  • Creating a new folder inside a tar archive wouldn't work under certain conditions.
  • In rare cases parts of multi-part rar archvies were not deleted correctly after extraction.
  • Fixed a possible crash after using the PDF preview on Mac OS X 10.7.4.
  • Fixed a possible crash when trying to print an archive from the Finder (printing is not supported, but cmd+o and cmd+p are neighbors on the keyboard).
Version 2.2.1 | Release Date: 2012-03-22 | Download
  • Allow merging of folders and keeping both versions when adding items that already exist in the archive.
  • The “Open With” menu is sorted and displays better results now.
Bug fixes:
  • Fixed a possible crash when deleting an archive in the Finder while it was visible in the favorites sidebar.
  • Fixed a possible crash when using the “open with” menu with unknown file types.
  • The percentage badge on the BetterZip icon in LaunchPad could get stuck.
  • In some cases BetterZip was not able to track moved or deleted archives.
Version 2.2 | Release Date: 2012-02-28 | Download
New Features
  • Added “Open with” to the contextual menu and changed the View toolbar button to a drop-down button with “Open with” functionality.
  • You can now specify a custom file extension in save presets.
  • Added a menu item to extract all archives in a folder recursively.
  • Added an option and menu item to compress each of multiple dropped items into an individual archive.
  • Added Japanese (by Koichi Matsumoto) and Polish (by Mariusz Nicpoń) localizations. Thank you, guys!
  • Added the Greenwich localization framework by Whitney Young, FadingRed LLC to allow super easy translation into new languages. Start BetterZip, hold down the Alt/Option key and drop down the Help menu. There’s a new menu item “Translate BetterZip” that will open the translation interface.
  • Increased extraction speed for rar files.
  • BetterZip will now display exactly which part of a multi-volume rar archive is missing, if any.
  • In the save panel the standard file extension will be appended to the filename.
Bug fixes:
  • Fixed a possible crash when quitting BetterZip with the favorites sidebar opened.
  • Fixed a few errors in the Russian translation.
  • The registration window could lead to an infinite loop under certain circumstances.
  • Growl will no longer write a warning message to the log.
  • Fixed a bug that could lead to files being overwritten when extracting certain tar.gz archives.
Version 2.1.2 | Release Date: 2011-11-18 | Download
New Features
  • Added a Russian localization.
  • Hold down the Cmd key while dropping a folder in the queue window to recursively extract all archives in it.
  • Hold down the Alt key while dropping an archive in the queue window to force compression.
Bug Fixes
  • When starting BetterZip through one of the services in the Services menu, no empty archive window will be opened.
  • Fixed a possible crash when quitting BetterZip with the favorites sidebar opened.
  • The registration window could lead to an inifinite loop under certain circumstances.
  • The split size for 7z archives was limited to 4GB.
  • Fixed a bug in handling "additional options" when creating archives.
  • Using the option "show save panel" together with the queue could lock up BetterZip.
  • Trailing numbers are no longer cut off from the filename when saving with automatically created archive names.
  • Fixed "reuse passwords for subsequent archives" in queue.
Version 2.1.1 | Release Date: 2011-10-01 | Download
  • Split size is now base 10 (1MB = 1,000,000 Bytes) like the rest of the application.
  • Search field was invisible on Mac OS X 10.6 under certain conditions.
  • The English help was replaced by the French help.
  • Fixed the update mechanism. It will work again from now on.
  • Fixed a possible crash when creating previews.
  • Extracting all archives in a folder didn't work under certain conditions.
  • Some strings were not correctly translated in the French localization.
Version 2.1 | Release Date: 2011-09-20 | Download
  • Using the service "Extract with BetterZip" you can now extract all archives in a folder hierarchy.
  • If files are selected in the archive window, presets now only extract those instead of all files. Hold down Shift to extract all anyway.
  • Enhanced "replace existing files" dialog: it now allows to merge extracted items into existing folders, keep both versions or replace the existing version with the one from the archive.
  • Many smaller enhancements and bug fixes.
Version 2.0.2 | Release Date: 2011-07-04 | Download
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Version 2.0.1 | Release Date: 2011-06-23 | Download
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Version 2.0 | Release Date: 2011-06-22 | Download
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Version 1.8.3 | Release Date: 2009-09-09 | Download

BetterZip 1.8.3 fixes two small problems with the previous version: TAR files couldn't be opened reliably on Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and the new header encryption would be dropped when re-saving an encrypted archive.

Version 1.8.2 | Release Date: 2009-09-01 | Download
  • BetterZip now uses pbzip2 for BZip2 compression. This parallel version can utilize multiple CPU cores resulting in faster compression.
  • Showing and hiding columns can now be done through a contextual menu accessed by clicking on the header of the main table like in iTunes or other programs.
  • Added optional header encryption for 7-zip and rar formats. Select this option in the save panel in the pop-up button "Encryption method".
  • Tar archives couldn't be opened on Mac OS X 10.6.
  • Integrated the latest rarlib for faster and more stable extraction of rar files.
  • Various smaller bug fixes.
Version 1.8.1 | Release Date: 2009-04-29 | Download
  • BetterZip can now concatenate split files: something.001 + something.002 + ...
  • Added a Russian localization by Alexandr Slavyshensky.
  • File modification times in zip files created with BetterZip were shifted by the timezone offset.
  • Folder modification times were always set to the time of the archive creation.
  • When RAR files were re-saved they always ended up as multi-volume archives.
  • Files in multi-volume RAR archives with missing parts can be previewed and extracted again, if the missing parts are not necessary.
  • RAR files with header encryption are handled in a better way now. You get repeated chances to enter the correct password and the archive will no longer be moved to the trash when you cancel the process. (If you had enabled this feature in the preferences.)
  • Only the first part of a multi-volume RAR archive with the old naming scheme (r00,...) was deleted automatically when the deleting option was set.
Version 1.8 | Release Date: 2009-03-03 | Download
  • Archives can now be moved to the trash automatically after a direct extraction (set this in the preferences, tab Advanced).
  • Added a switch in the preferences to suppress the display of an extraction's destination in the Finder.
  • Open, extract, and create XAR archives.
  • Open and extract PKWARE AES encrypted zip archives.
  • Added support for Python eggs. At least zip based eggs.
  • Added the Chinese localization by He Yunxuan.
Version 1.7.3 | Release Date: 2008-10-21 | Download
  • Added a CRC-32 column.
  • Tweaked speed a bit.
  • Fixed a few bugs, e.g., problems with zip archives created by MobileMe.
  • Removed the annoying temp folder dialogue.
Version 1.7.2 | Release Date: 2008-08-05 | Download
  • Fixed some crasher bugs from the previous version.
  • The open command in the file menu works again.
Version 1.7.1 | Release Date: 2008-06-20 | Download

Fixed a few ugly bugs from 1.7:
* a crashing crash reporter
* and a problem with password protected zip archives.

Version 1.7 | Release Date: 2008-06-19 | Download
  • Added keyboard shortcut for 1-click save: Command+Option+S.
  • Added Spanish localization.
  • Added CodingMammoth's crash reporter.
  • Attributes of executable files that were created on FAT file systems (Windows) are now set automatically so that the file can be exectued.
  • Added LZH file handling for more subformats.
  • Fixed a number of bugs.
Version 1.6.2 | Release Date: 2008-04-22 | Download
  • Command+Option+F: Set focus to toolbar search field (like in Finder, iTunes, and Mail).
  • Tweaked preferences window icons.
  • The direct extraction progress window now remembers its position.
  • Filenames containing characters that could be interpreted by the shell like (), <>, |, &, $, \, ', ` would not work.
  • If opening failed while an empty window was open, BetterZip would fall into one infinite loop asking for a password.
  • I you wanted to add an archive into another archive by clicking the toolbar button "Add", the archive would be opened instead.
  • When checking or unchecking the Kind colum in the preferences nothing happened until you checked or unchecked something else.
  • Direct extract with an open empty document didn't do anything.
Version 1.6.1 | Release Date: 2008-04-09 | Download
  • International character file names didn't work.
  • Concurrent direct extractions would terminate after the first has finished.
  • Allow viewing and previewing of RTFD files.
  • Various smaller enhancements and bug fixes.
Version 1.6 | Release Date: 2008-04-01 | Download
New in version 1.6:
  • Upon popular demand, BetterZip now has an option to make direct extraction the default. When this option is checked, BetterZip will immediately extract archives instead of opening them in a window. Find this new option in the preferences window on the General tab. It's off by default.
  • An archive's file format is no longer determined by the file extension, but by analyzing the actual file data. This is more secure and flexible.
  • Opening larger archives with thousands of files is a lot faster now.
  • Fixed two possible hangs and a number of bugs.
  • Enhanced Leopard compatibility.
Version 1.5.6 | Release Date: 2007-11-21 | Download
  • Setting BetterZip as default handler for archive file types should now work reliably on both systems (10.4 and 10.5).
  • Fixed saving SIT archives in another format.
Version 1.5.5 | Release Date: 2007-11-07 | Download
  • Holding down the command key and opening an archive while BetterZip is already running now extracts the archive directly.
Bugs fixed
  • Filebrowser does no longer go into the autofs folder /net which could hang the program.
  • Various file types (e.g., ZIP) could not be associated with BetterZip due to a change in Leopard. The type system in Mac OS X is still not very predictable. For best results open the preferences, go to the tab «File Types», click the «Handle None» button and then either click the «Handle All» button or select which file types BetterZip should handle using the check boxes in the list.
  • The archive mode icon in the status bar was clipped on Leopard.
  • Fixed a possible hang when extracting an archive containing a circular symbolic link.
Version 1.5.4 | Release Date: 2007-10-23 | Download
Version 1.5.4 is Leopard ready and a couple of bugs have been fixed:
  • RAR now stores symbolic links as such, which is now consistent with all other archive formats.
  • Extracting when the preview drawer is open is much faster now.
  • SIT: The wrong file size was displayed for files that only consisted of a resource fork.
  • Direct extract (holding down the Command key while opening an archive from Finder) crashed for larger archives.
  • An error occured when extracting folders with custom icons from tarballs.
  • When previewing files in a password protected archive you were asked for the password for every file.
  • Fixed the progress indicator for SIT extraction: It was much faster than the actual extraction.
  • Folder properties like color labels and icon positions were not saved correctly.
Version 1.5.2 | Release Date: 2007-10-11 | Download


  • Added xpi (Firefox extensions) and nth (Nokia theme file) as file extensions for zip archives.
  • Files with the extensions 002, 003, ... will be recognized as archives. If you open any file from a multi-volume archive, BetterZip will automatically try to open the first file from the series instead.
  • Speed enhancement: The file browser is only populated when the drawer is open.

Bugs fixed

  • When extracting single files from a tarball the resource fork was not always restored correctly. There was no problem, if you extracted all files.
  • Extracting Mac OS 9 files from zip archives did sometimes work incorrectly.
  • The sizes of files larger than 4GB were incorrectly displayed for RAR archives.
  • Some SIT files were only partially extractable. This should be fixed now. If you encounter SIT files which BetterZip does not handle correctly, please let me know.
Version 1.5.1 | Release Date: 2007-08-21 | Download

Fixed several bugs from the last version. Recommended update for all users.

Version 1.5 | Release Date: 2007-06-26 | Download
New Features
  • Added a preview drawer that can quickly display image, pdf, html, and text based files.
  • Added support for SIT, HQX, DD, BIN archives.
  • Added the option to automatically quit BetterZip after the last window has been closed.
  • Added an option to automatically save archives next to the original files.
  • Speed improvements, especially for rar archives.
  • Opening a file that is not an archive through the File menu will now create a new, untitled archive and put the file into it.
  • Removed compression setting for bzip2, because it was completely useless.
  • Viewing files no longer uses AppleScript.
And a number of bugs have been fixed.
Version 1.4.2 | Release Date: 2007-02-21 | Download
  • Added support for uncompressed archives.
  • Added a preference tab that lets you choose which file types BetterZip should handle.
  • Updated the included unrar command-line tool to version 3.60 enhancing the compatibility with newer rar archives.
Version 1.4.1 | Release Date: 2007-02-02 | Download
  • BetterZip 1.4.1 fixes some issues with archives containing files with non-English character filenames.
  • Furthermore a problem with file attributes in zip archives is fixed.
Version 1.4 | Release Date: 2007-01-30 | Download

New Features:
* Clean arbitrary files and folders using regular expressions. Very handy for stripping source control folders (.svn or CVS).
* DEB, RPM archive formats are now supported.
* Increased speed when extracting single files from large zip archives.
* tar.gz is now opened in one step.
* Allow Extract All and 1-Click-Extract after trial period has ended.
* Added a Remember Settings function to the save panel.
* Added 1-Click-Save.
* The main list and the file browser let you jump to files by typing the first letters of the filename.
* Added support for using PathFinder instead of Finder.
* Use arbitrary application for viewing a file (e.g., TextMate or BBEdit).

Of course, this version contains bug fixes and a lot of smaller enhancements.

Version 1.3.1 | Release Date: 2006-10-22 | Download

Fixes a few bugs that slipped into version 1.3.

Version 1.3 | Release Date: 2006-10-16 | Download

New Features:
- Added LHA/LZH, ARJ, CAB, CHM, ISO decompression.
- Added support for Java zip files with the extensions par, sar, wsr.
- Rename files and folders inside archives.
- Create new folders inside archives.
- Filebrowser: A drawer with the contents of hard discs only showing folders and archives.
- Open, extract, and create AES-256 encrypted (WinZip compatible) zip files.
- Open, extract, and create zip files larger than 2GB.
- Zip-splitting, compression factor for zip archives.
- Open and extract archives (rar and 7-zip) with encrypted listings.
- Enhanced and completed Japanese and French localizations.
- After doing a 1-Click-Extract the extracted folder is displayed in Finder.
- BetterZip now suggests a filename in save panel when saving a new archive.

Of course, this version contains bug fixes and a lot of smaller enhancements.

Version 1.2.2 | Release Date: 2006-08-29 | Download

- Japanese and French localizations have been added.
- Added a flat list view which will show you all the files and folders in a flat view without the folder hierarchy. This mode is useful, if you need to sort the files regardless of their position within the folder hierarchy (e.g., by modification date).
- Added a path column, especially needed when using the flat list view.

Version 1.2 | Release Date: 2006-07-11 | Download
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