The Unarchiver

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The Unarchiver
The Unarchiver Icon 2018.png
Original author(s)Dag Ågren
Developer(s)Circlesoft, MacPaw[1]
Stable release
4.0.0 / June 14, 2018 (2018-06-14)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Operating systemmacOS, Linux using GNUstep libraries, and command line only on Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS
Available inEnglish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Turkish
TypeFile Extractor/Decompressor
LicenseLGPL (free software)

The Unarchiver is a free data decompression utility, which supports more formats than Archive Utility[2] (formerly known as BOMArchiveHelper), the built-in archive unpacker program in macOS. It can also handle filenames in foreign character sets, created with non-English versions of other operating systems.[3] The latest version requires Mac OS X Lion or higher. The Unarchiver does not compress files.[4]

The corresponding command line utilities unar and lsar run on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and macOS.[5]


  1. ^ "MacPaw acquires The Unarchiver Mac app, will keep it updated & free". 9to5Mac. 27 July 2017.
  2. ^ Popescu, George. "The Unarchiver – A Better Way to Decompress Archives". Softpedia. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  3. ^ Seff, Jon. "Mac Gems: The Unarchiver is a free, robust file-extraction utility". Macworld. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  4. ^ Fenton, William. "The Unarchiver (for Mac)". PC Magazine. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Command line tools". The Unarchiver. Retrieved 11 February 2016.

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