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The Unarchiver

Game screenshot
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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (8.07 MB)
MD5: 19c3db4857dfbffa003c20e3218b8fa4
For Mac OS X
Guides on emulating older applications

The Unarchiver is a universal archive extraction tool for OS X. It supports many old formats, and if you have a format it doesn't support, file a bug and attach samples, and very likely support will be added. (via Wayback Machine) or directly

Architecture: PPC

Mac OS X 10.3.9 or Later


MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2018, November 2 - 11:09pm

Currently I use a combination of Keka, The Unarchiver and Pacifist to extract almost everything.

I've been finding Pacifist invaluable, recently. As it's the only OS X app that I've come across that supports and can correctly extract classic MacZip archives intact (on snow and earlier).

adespoton's picture
by adespoton - 2018, November 2 - 7:43pm

MaPaw sent me a note recently indicating they're planning to continue development of The Unarchiver; I'm not sure if they'll keep updating the public repo though, or continue to add new format support in the same way we've become accustomed to.

It's possible Keka will end up picking up the slack, as it already supports a lot of the formats (just not all). Currently I use a combination of Keka, The Unarchiver and Pacifist to extract almost everything.

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2018, October 15 - 11:29am

When I tried the link provided in the comment by MacTouch it did not work. So I assumed that it was gone for good and replaced the link in the description by a Wayback Machine link. However the direct link is now working again. In view of this on-off behaviour I have retained the Wayback Machine link and added the direct link as well.

MacTouch's picture
by MacTouch - 2018, March 14 - 2:21pm

Sure, 24bit, why not ? All older versions can be downloaded from here. Wink

24bit's picture
by 24bit - 2018, March 14 - 11:18am

The app was moved into the MaPaw portfolio and the old links are dead.
Maybe we should host version 3.2 here again, as it works with 10.3.9 or higher.

The oldest version from here is 3.11.1.

TheComputerKid's picture
by TheComputerKid - 2011, November 6 - 11:39pm

If you look at the screenshot, You will see... "Data Inside, Don't Break"

xy's picture
by xy - 2011, March 15 - 4:37pm

I fully agree. MacGarden is an abandonware website not a freeware Mac OS X website based on the urgency of cultural preservation. There is no need at all to archive this here.

SwedeBear's picture
by SwedeBear - 2011, March 14 - 8:10pm

But shouldn´t that attesting be better off in a forum topic rather than in MG's 'Utilities' section? I myself do have this installed, amongst many other apps running under OS X in order to handle old archives and disks.

This has been up for discussion before, but I think this place is dedicated for Classic apps and games, and stuff for other/modern system is best presented/discussed in the Foras.

Beside this is still sold/developed so it can´t hardly be labeled as Abandonware, even for the modern systems.

Balrog's picture
by Balrog - 2011, March 14 - 6:33pm

I can attest to the usefulness of this program, and the responsiveness of its developer.


SwedeBear's picture
by SwedeBear - 2011, March 14 - 2:15pm

Why? Someone´s advertising or what?

xy's picture
by xy - 2011, March 13 - 10:15pm

A Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger app. Does this belong here? The good thing about MacGarden is that one does not have to filter Mac OS X apps.