What compression utility can you recommend that supports zip, rar, tar, etc... like 7zip and FilZip on Windows?

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My personal recommendation is BetterZip for a small price and the ability to create archives. A free alternative is The Unarchiver but this is limited to archive extraction only.

  • I choose your answer, because of BetterZip that is a good software. The only problem it's not free as I was looking for. Jun 26, 2011 at 16:59

Stuffit Expander is a good one that I hear a lot about. The built-in Archive Utility will hand just about every thing except for RAR files. For that I would use UnRARX, which is also free.

  • The built in utility cannot handle 7-Zip amongst other formats. Jun 25, 2011 at 19:46
  • Fair enough. It's good enough for basic zips and tars but if you need more Stuffit handles it and it's free on the app store or as a stand alone. The option to set it as default is right there in it's settings as well which is nice
    – bringel
    Jun 26, 2011 at 3:57
  • The built-in utility also can't handle zip files with AES-256 encryption, a limitation it shares with Windows and which is why everyone uses 7zip ;)
    – toryan
    Nov 16, 2018 at 0:02

I like Archiver (formerly known as Rucksack). But it's not free.


I found Keka that is some different to use, but solve the problem. And Unarchiver is a good choice to decompress too.

Thanks all!

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