5 Best Archive Utilities for Mac

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The Mac OS X comes with a number of preinstalled applications, including Archive Utility.

This application does a decent job when it comes to working with ZIP files on Mac – nobody really wonders how to open ZIP files on Mac. However those who often have to deal with other archive formats might find its functionality rather limited. For example, how do you open a RAR file on Mac? Or how to compress files on Mac in TBZ or TGZ, let alone more exotic formats?

Default Mac OS X solution alternatives

So if you are looking for an alternative to the default Mac OS X solution that has a mechanism for working with 7zip Mac download or RAR download for Mac, read on – here is our list of 5 best archive utilities for Mac.

5 Best Archive Utilities for Mac

Сompress, extract, open archive as a folder on Mac

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Requirements: OS X 10.10+. 19.75MB free space. Version 1.7.4(2445). (21st Sep, 2017). 4.5 Rank based on 89+ users, Reviews(15)
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This application is developed by Eltima Software entirely in Swift. Essentially a file management solution, it supports a large number of archive formats. Apart from ZIP files Mac owners can extract and compress files in TBZ, TGZ and 7zip. The application allows to open a RAR file on Mac, but does not create a RAR archive as yet – this feature will be added in the near future.

Commander One offers a handy feature of searching through archived folders without having to extract their contents first.

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The Unarchiver

The Unarchiver too helps you unzip files on Mac - ZIP, Tar-GZip, Tar-BZip2 and 7-zip formats are supported. The app handles filenames in foreign character sets, e.g. Japanese and Chinese languages.


Keka supports more formats when it comes to extracting rather than compressing files. The list of extraction formats includes 7zip for Mac, ZIP, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, DMG and ISO.


The highlight of Better ZIP functionality is its Direct Mode. It allows adding files to archives without having to save them first, deleting and renaming files inside an archive and moving them around without extracting them. The app has a RAR archiver Mac owners can make use of, although it requires an external command line utility.


iZip opens archives in such a way that they appear as removable disks in Finder, thus allowing you to manage its contents in an easy and convenient way. The app’s collaboration with Files.com enables you to share files over the Internet in a click.

We hope this list provides you the answer to ‘How to unzip RAR files on Mac’, ‘What utilities to compress files Mac owners could make use of?’ and other such questions.

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This dual panel file manager for Mac is fully compatible with MacOS 10.10 and later. Requires 19.75MB free space, latest version 1.7.4(2445) released 21st Sep, 2017

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