I have so far tried Keka and Unarchiver, but they both don't allow browsing the archive content. They simply extract everything contained in the archive which is not a desirable behaviour.

Is there any free (or cheap) alternative to winrar for osx?

  • There were a number of QL Generators around when QuickLook was new, one of which browsed zips/archives. Now they seem to be in app packages ...
    – Zo219
    Jan 27, 2015 at 4:12
  • There's Zipster, which 'mounts' archives somewhat like.dmg files; inline as though they were folders
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 27, 2015 at 13:27

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I know you said free.. but The Archive Browser is great and will allow you to preview the items before extracting. In my opinion, this is worth the $3.99.

  • Can it open files directly from the archive? Also, can I update such a file so that it re-archives it again? Thanks!
    – YemSalat
    Jan 29, 2015 at 11:12

If you just want to quickly see what is in the archive, grab the BetterZip QuickLook plugin. It is not required to install the BetterZip application.

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