The Archive Browser (171)

1 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-03-20 18:00 ID:rFsOye/G [Del]

So, along with the release of The Unarchiver 3.0 comes another new things: The Archive Browser. This is the often-requested version that lets you browse archives and preview their contents before extracting. However, since this is not a program that I personally need, this one will actually cost a few dollars. Buy it if this is what you really need, or buy it if you want to support the development of The Unarchiver!

For now, bug reports and feature requests can go on the The Unarchiver bug tracker:

It is much better to post them there than in this thread, because I tend to forget things that are not on the bug tracker.

2 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-03-20 18:01 ID:rFsOye/G [Del]

And since someone will no doubt wonder about this, I should clarify one thing: The Archive Browser is not a replacement for The Unarchiver, and The Unarchiver is still going to be developed just as before. I prefer using The Unarchiver myself, so I am not going to stop working on it. And all improvements in format support is shared automatically between The Unarchiver and The Archive Browser.

3 Name: Stefan : 2012-03-21 03:39 ID:YbZmnMOW [Del]

Hello, i would buy The Archive Browser IF it would be a complete replacement for the Unarchiver.

Dont get me wrong, the Unarchiver wich is free is pure awesome, but i dont want 2 Apps for one "Problem".

4 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-03-21 04:28 ID:rFsOye/G [Del]


It should be able to do everything The Unarchiver can do, but it does not have the same simple interface.

5 Name: ps : 2012-03-21 05:36 ID:RmspFPu6 [Del]

call me crazy, but you should make "the archiver" next. there still seems to be no simple way to make password protected zips. would pay 1.99 for that in a heartbeat.

6 Name: Me : 2012-03-22 13:03 ID:U6vX8Zk1 [Del]

Hey, what does one do if this application just does not work?

7 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-03-22 13:24 ID:Heaven [Del]


Well, start by explaining what happens, and what you are trying, and on what kind of system.

8 Name: Kevin : 2012-03-23 16:29 ID:/PLLP8hY [Del]

I see that you can Quick Look files in the archive, but does The Archive Browser allow you to Quick Look the contents of archive files in the Finder? (Like

9 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-03-23 16:31 ID:rFsOye/G [Del]


Not at the moment. Perhaps in the future, perhaps not, I am not sure.

10 Name: mglinski : 2012-03-24 00:24 ID:c0lIca8l [Del]

Make it faster!

I have an SSD equipped macbook pro and it still takes 1-2 seconds to grab the list of files from the archive and display them in a tree view. The interface is simple enough, just focus on making it as fast as possible to render the information I want to see.


11 Name: Feralix : 2012-03-24 15:31 ID:rQpIgg5H [Del]

I've purchased The Archive Browser, but I have 1 issue that prevents me from using it/enjoy it. The app still runs when closing the archive. You have to manually quit the app every time you use it to extract something. I still support the developer all the way, and have no problem paying for it even though I'm not going to use it now. I would really like to see this changed though. This would be my main unarchiving utility if this 1 change/feature was implemented. Maybe it could be made into a preference in case some people like its current functionality. I hope to see this happen!

12 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-03-24 17:27 ID:rFsOye/G [Del]


Post an issue about it, and I will see about it for the next update. However, I am not sure how that works when you want to start it up and then drop some icons on it, since it doesn't open any windows by default.

13 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-04-02 13:28 ID:rFsOye/G [Del]

Version 1.1 has been released. It is just a bugfix release that fixes crashing on 10.6.

14 Name: Anonymous : 2012-04-12 08:00 ID:vd5ZEC2U [Del]

I would love to be able to browse JAR archives, edit files in them and it automatically get repackaged. This is a PITA today, as JAR puts fiels in a special order. There are some tools out there which does this but none of them have been updated for ages and nothing works in Lion. Think this would be a very good "killer" feature

15 Name: Anonymous : 2012-04-19 14:13 ID:Heaven [Del]

can't you just use the jar utility included in the jdk?

16 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-04-27 13:28 ID:rFsOye/G [Del]

Version 1.2 is now released, and should show up on the App Store soon. Changes in this version are:

  • Added option for opening extracted files in the Finder.
  • Added Services for opening and extracting archives.
  • Added option for closing browser windows after extraction.
  • Added a workaround for a Mac OS X sandbox bug that was causing extracted apps to not launch properly.
  • Fixed extraction of partial RAR files.
  • Fixed spurious warnings about resource forks for some Zip files.

The Unarchiver should be getting a matching update to 3.2 too, but it is currently stuck trying to get through review. Hopefully that'll get sorted out soon.

17 Name: Anonymous : 2012-05-09 23:02 ID:6Ss3QQH+ [Del]

Do you think PAR2 support might be added at some point?

18 Name: Anonymous : 2012-05-10 03:35 ID:gD324n1Q [Del]

Suggestion: include a QuickLook plug-in for the Finder. There are a couple of options out there that do this for a few file types (zip, pkg, etc.), but most are old and not often updated. I would be very interested in spending $4 to get a version of your app that does that. QuickLooking into pkg & mpkg would require some way to display the scripts that run, where the files would be installed, etc., but you get the idea.

19 Name: Anonymous : 2012-06-02 01:56 ID:byUPOACs [Del]

Please add an option to display a .app as an application with its icon, not as a folder with a folder icon. The actual display is quite confusing when looking for an application in a large archive.
I understand it can be useful to browse inside a package, but this shouldn't be the standard option, maybe add a shortcut (option key?) to permit this.

20 Name: Anonymous : 2012-06-02 10:15 ID:KibDf5w3 [Del]

Hi waha. Love the app. One thing though, I'm new to OSX, could you explain how to make it the default program for archive files, so I don't have to right-click and select it manually? Thanks!

21 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-06-04 01:57 ID:Heaven [Del]


This is a lot harder than it seems, actually. Especially for solid archives.


Either use the list in the preferences, or use "Get Info" in the Finder.

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23 Name: Lin : 2012-06-19 08:39 ID:5AyRzvFu [Del]

Hey does Archive Browser support opening nested compressed files? within the same view? and can we add or remove files within the compressed files without unzipping, add/remove and rezipping?

24 Name: Ivan : 2012-07-08 03:04 ID:bAgOymgk [Del]

Could you please add 'jar', 'war', 'ear' and other zip-compatible file types to 'Open these archive types...' section? Currently I have to associate every jar with The Archive Browser app manually.

Thanks in advance!

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26 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-07-08 06:07 ID:Heaven [Del]


This would mean programs packaged as jar files would no longer launch after a person clicked "Select all" in The Unarchiver, which seems like it would annoy quite a large number of people, so probably not.

If I ever get around to making some kind of separate list of "filetypes which you can add but maybe shouldn't", I could put them in there, but for now I'm going to leave them out.

27 Name: Anonymous : 2012-07-16 00:00 ID:Heaven [Del]

another option would be to have a "Select recommended" button in addition to the "Select all" button... This might look a little cleaner than displaying two separate lists.

28 Name: shsihi : 2012-07-23 09:57 ID:lwH2lskG [Del]


I want to move, copy, rename in archive directly. This feature is not rare one in Windows or Linux archiver.
I hope The Archive Browser implements this feature.


29 Name: shsihi : 2012-07-23 09:57 ID:lwH2lskG [Del]


I want to move, copy, rename in archive directly. This feature is not rare one in Windows or Linux archiver.
I hope The Archive Browser implements this feature.


30 Name: Tom : 2012-08-08 00:54 ID:Mst3nzNi [Del]

When is the next update coming out??

31 Name: Ron : 2012-08-12 05:58 ID:GYZjGwkW [Del]

Large archives (usually Zip) are almost always corrupted. Built-in Archive Utility opens files right, but not The Archive Browser.

32 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-08-12 15:55 ID:Heaven [Del]


I'll need some test files to do anything about it.

33 Name: JBesoin : 2012-08-13 05:22 ID:axuEWobn [Del]

the unarchiver didnt solve my problem. Im still getting the infinte loop of unopened zip files.

34 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-08-14 11:05 ID:Heaven [Del]


This is not a problem I have heard of. Please give some more information on that, and test files if you have them.

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36 Name: rarbug : 2012-08-29 08:42 ID:tRgmZKUO [Del]

generel the function to extract only one file of many in a rar-archive does not work. There is always extracting all files. Macbook Air 2012, Mountain Lion

37 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-08-29 11:19 ID:Heaven [Del]


Can you be more specific about what you are doing?

38 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-09-06 09:07 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]

And together with the release of The Unarchiver 3.3, there is also an update for The Archive Browser to 1.3. Changes are mostly the same:

  • Updated to support Apple's new stricter sandboxing rules. This means the program will need to nag the user more often, but should also mean that extraction should work better in non-standard locations. May also have introduced new bugs, so be careful and report any problems.
  • Support for extracting bitmap images from PDF files.
  • Support for AppleSingle files.
  • Better handling of file collisions when dragging files to the Finder.
  • Bugfixes.

39 Name: strashus : 2012-09-16 10:55 ID:Kp49OtSc [Del]

I love TAB and I was wondering if it was possible to have an internal file viewer a la WinZip because I can't QuickLook the contents of files named "", "readme.1st", "program.nfo" and the like.

Thank you very much!

40 Name: George : 2012-09-17 08:52 ID:kUSL8I7m [Del]

I just purchased the browser edition from mac store, when I run app it stacks on the dock without opening any window. Any idea?

41 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-09-18 06:09 ID:z0OP33ok [Del]


Does Quick Look not work on those?


That's normal. You need to open some files to do anything.

42 Name: Quentin : 2012-10-03 10:45 ID:IucKtmHv [Del]

Hello i like your app and would like to buy the archiver browser.
i just have one question, can you edit file from the archive without un-zip ?
can you also do that for jar file ? does your program can open jar file ?
thanks you so much

43 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-10-03 13:39 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]


You can open jar files, but you can't edit things, only view and extract them.

44 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-10-10 17:00 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]

Version 1.4 has been released, mostly matching The Unarchiver v3.4. Changes:

  • Added Retina display support.
  • Now properly opens PDFs inside archives in the user's preferred PDF viewer.
  • Bugfixes for Tar and PDF extraction.
  • Bugfix for the extraction progress bar for some 7z files.

45 Name: Anonymous : 2012-10-13 18:10 ID:tkevHC5x [Del]

cannot update, reinstall, uninstall, delete, install archive browser (bought in mac app store) no the unarchiver

not dealing with this mess of a supposed support threat

fix it

46 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-10-13 18:37 ID:Heaven [Del]


First, without any more exact information, there is nothing I can do. Second, no App Store program handle installation, updating or uninstalling themselves. That is all handled by the App Store itself, and if it is not working, report it as a bug to Apple.

47 Name: strashus : 2012-11-08 17:30 ID:Kp49OtSc [Del]


No. QuickLook doesn't preview those file extensions.

48 Name: strashus : 2012-11-08 17:39 ID:Kp49OtSc [Del]

I've run into another couple of issues after I downloaded the OSX Lion installer from the App Store and compressed it.

First, it spends a very long time "reading archive contents".

Second, it says "compressed using Zip from 449 MB" which is wrong: uncompressed size is 4.75 GB. I looked around inside the archive and found out that TAB shows the InstallESD.dmg file inside it as 425 MB when the real size is 4.72 GB

49 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-11-09 09:28 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]


Could you make an archive that contains some of the files that don't work, and post it in an issue on the bug tracker?


This is likely because the built-in OS X archiver is severely broken and creates invalid archives. Try running "unzip -v" on the file and see if that reports the same incorrect size.

50 Name: strashus : 2012-11-10 14:31 ID:Kp49OtSc [Del]


Length Method Size Ratio Date Time CRC-32 Name
-------- ------ ------- ----- ---- ---- ------ ----
424584010 Defl:N 414645572 2% 11-07-12 15:35 3f003c32 Install Mac OS X

It seems you're right. The size is incorrect. What can I use to create correct zip files then?

51 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-11-10 20:20 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]


I think the command-line zip utility makes correct ones, but I am not sure. I haven't tested any GUI apps.

(Also, the file will probably be extracted correctly if you try to extract it, it just shows the wrong size.)

52 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-11-16 16:53 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]

v1.5 has been released. Most of the changes mirror The Unarchiver v3.5:

  • Added support for password-protected 7z files.
  • Better support for very old StuffIt archives, including password-protected ones.
  • Fixed bugs that caused embedded archives to display poorly.
  • Fixes for Mountain Lion.
  • Fixed a bug where the app might stop launching at all under rare circumstances.
  • Various bugfixes for PDF, hqx and sitx.

53 Name: AleksSerg : 2012-11-17 02:43 ID:gA/aStNY (Image: 835x610 png, 106 kb) [Del]

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After update to version 1.5 (App Store)
Crash programs!
My system 10.7.5

54 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-11-17 04:31 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]


Yes, it seems Apple has changed something that makes all newly compiled apps break on 10.7 and 10.6. I am not sure what, I am investigating.

55 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-11-17 05:54 ID:Heaven [Del]


I submitted a fix to the App Store. Now we just have to wait for Apple.

56 Name: Ma Xiaojun : 2012-11-19 22:31 ID:2fNDf37E [Del]

Just bought it in App Store, Lion but it crashes, when will you update?

57 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-11-20 17:04 ID:Heaven [Del]


I submitted the update several days ago. Still waiting for Apple.

58 Name: Christian : 2012-11-25 02:59 ID:Lz7Eq87R (Image: 534x287 png, 51 kb) [Del]

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This is what I get on Mountain Lion, regardless what file I'm trying.

Any ideas?

59 Name: Anonymous : 2012-11-25 08:00 ID:WgRhJgCd [Del]

I'm getting the same when accessing files over AFP.

60 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-11-25 11:45 ID:Heaven [Del]


This is also fixed in the 1.4.1 version that Apple is being incredibly slow in reviewing or approving.

61 Name: sitruc : 2012-11-25 14:41 ID:Vs/zK9t6 [Del]

its not working

62 Name: Anonymous : 2012-11-29 12:55 ID:WgRhJgCd [Del]

Great, thanks. I'll just wait ;)

63 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-11-29 17:11 ID:Heaven [Del]

The fixed version should be out now, finally. It is ridiculous how long it took for Apple to get around to this.

64 Name: Strashus : 2012-12-02 17:52 ID:Kp49OtSc (Image: 321x288 png, 59 kb) [Del]

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Every time I update The Unarchiver and The Archive Browser, a new entry gets added to the Open With menu as shown. Is this an OS X issue, or a TAB/TU issue?

Thank you very much!!

65 Name: Strashus : 2012-12-02 18:17 ID:Kp49OtSc (Image: 0x0 zip, 4 kb) [Del]


Here's an archive with plain text files having NFO, ME and 1ST extensions I can't preview with Quick Look. In Windows, I can open these with WinZip's internal viewer.

66 Name: Strashus : 2012-12-02 18:24 ID:Kp49OtSc [Del]


I have thousands of zip files in external disks and other laptops and I miss how I can test them with WinZip, WinRAR, etc in Windows. Other than extracting for real, this is not possible in TAB or TU.

Can this feature be added to a future release in TAB at least?

Thank you very much!!

67 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-12-03 07:09 ID:z0OP33ok [Del]


That sounds like a pretty good idea, probably. Please file it as an issue on or else I might forget about it.

68 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-12-03 07:10 ID:z0OP33ok [Del]


Apps have no control over that menu, it is handled entirely by OS X and the App Store, so you should file the bug with Apple.

69 Name: Strashus : 2012-12-03 19:49 ID:Kp49OtSc (Image: 0x0 zip, 7684 kb) [Del]


I encounter this error every time I am Quick Looking images inside an archive. As I press the spacebar on the first file and go thru them one after another, the Quick Look window has graphical corruption on each image. This doesn't happen when I Quick Look the images uncompressed inside a folder.

I don't know how to attach multiple files here, so I have included a single file that contains the archive I used for the test and another that contains the screenshots that show the corruption.

I use a MacBook Pro 15 Early-2011 2.2 GHz with 16 GB RAM running OS X 10.8.2, in case you need this information to troubleshoot.

Thank you very much!!

70 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2012-12-05 14:02 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]


Hmm, I can't replicate that. It sort of seems like an OS X bug, though, because all the Quick Look loading and display is handled by OS X. There's not really anything The Unarchiver could do to cause that that I can think of.

71 Name: sean : 2012-12-06 14:36 ID:Uflc/j80 [Del]

since i've upgraded to mountain lion, the unarchiver just opens the preference window when i click a file to open it. i havent figured out a work around yet

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73 Name: Strashus : 2012-12-06 19:07 ID:Kp49OtSc [Del]


Maybe you're right. I noticed it only happens when the Intel HD graphics are being used. The ATI graphics don't seem to exhibit this behavior.

I already reported my troubles using the feedback page (don't have AppleCare), but I don't hold my breath that Apple will address them in a timely manner (I remember a much talked about Facebook privacy introduced in Safari with 10.7.0 and they took 8 months to fix)

74 Name: Andrew : 2012-12-07 17:28 ID:ftDwMyQT [Del]

Thanks for providing the Unarchiver, I've been using it for years and it's been a GREAT tool. I gladly paid the $4 for the Archive Browser, I would have paid $10. Great work. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

75 Name: Hawk : 2012-12-26 21:44 ID:EFH9nXAU [Del]


I am with Anonymous. A QuickLook plugin/generator so we can check out the contents and structure of archives (whether .pkg or .zip, or ideally any other of the supported formats) right from within the Finder would be extra special!

76 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-01-05 06:56 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]

1.6 has been released, to match The Unarchiver 3.6. It brings these changes:

  • Added the ability to test archived files without unpacking them.
  • Added support for the Internet Archive WARC format.
  • Fixed bugs in XAR/.pkg, CAB, HQX and Compress.
  • Fixed a few more rare bugs and crashes.

77 Name: Alex : 2013-01-06 12:22 ID:nB8obCEs (Image: 975x858 png, 662 kb) [Del]

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When I try to change "filename encoding" from the "file" menu all encodings are greyed out.

I'm using OSX 10.8.2 and The Archive Browser version 1.6


78 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-01-06 16:01 ID:Heaven [Del]


That's really weird, it works here. Could you post the file so I can check if there's something strange about it?

79 Name: Alex : 2013-01-06 17:06 ID:nB8obCEs (Image: 0x0 rar, 0 kb) [Del]

This isn't happening with just one archive. It's the same thing with any archive with cyrillic encoded filenames. I've attached an example.

80 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-01-06 20:07 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]


Are you sure the archive itself is not broken? The reason that the menu is greyed out is that the RAR file seems to mark the filenames as being Unicode. That means there is no encoding to select, as the characters should be known exactly already.

81 Name: Michael : 2013-01-09 13:50 ID:K7g4zMrL [Del]

Please add the ability to add files, folders, etc. to an already existing archive, like with 7Zip or WinRAR on Windows, or the built-in archive software on Ubuntu.

82 Name: zero : 2013-01-12 03:54 ID:sYmiJGrj [Del]

After opening a file with the open button (so not extracting it) where does the temporary file get stored?

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84 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-01-12 14:28 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]


In whatever temporary directory OS X suggests. Unfortunately, I forget where exactly that is. You can try opening a file in a program that lets you do "Show in Finder" to find out.

85 Name: Strashus : 2013-01-12 16:11 ID:Kp49OtSc [Del]

I tried the test archive feature and noticed the discrete graphics card gets activated at the end of the operation when the green screen appears. Is this normal?

Thank you very much for adding that feature. I find it extremely useful and I hope many more people as well.

86 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-01-12 19:10 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]


Probably, it uses CoreAnimation layers and filters. Those probably trigger the GPU.

87 Name: Strashus : 2013-01-12 21:47 ID:Kp49OtSc [Del]


I understand. But it activates only when the green screen appears, not at any other time.

88 Name: Louis : 2013-01-15 17:11 ID:LWC2Fe2/ [Del]

Is there a reason why TAB browser switches to discrete GFX as soon as a encrypted rar is being opened? Decryption done by the GFX chip? If so, the app should switch back to integrated after extraction. Right now that happens only on app quit.

Reading Archive content takes like ages. As seen on the RealUI package: I am not quite sure if this should take that long

i7, 10.8.2, TAB 1.6

89 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-01-16 13:50 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]


See above.

Also there seems to be some kind of bug that is triggered by certain archives that makes it slow. I have not yet had time to investigate further. Most likely it will get fixed in the next version though.

90 Name: Louis : 2013-01-17 03:32 ID:LWC2Fe2/ [Del]

I missed 85, but is it necessary to use CoreAnimation to display a green (85) or a blue screen with teh password field?

Please have a look into this as GFX sucks quite some power being on mobile use. gfxCardStatus is not the best option for this issue

Good to read that the slowness might be gone soon

91 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-01-17 16:19 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]


It uses some CoreAnimation filters, and it's up to OS X how it decides to deal with those. I guess it might trigger the discrete graphics on some systems. I don't have one, so I can't really test it.

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93 Name: Louis : 2013-01-24 02:39 ID:iNXQHVhU [Del]

I do understand that OS X makes the decision, but I presume there are ways to get around this issue.
Probably some of your beta testers have a discrete GFX unit and can test? If not I am willing to help testing.

94 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-02-11 14:55 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]

Released a quick bugfix release, 1.6.1, to fix a bug that caused large archives to fail to open sometimes. Nothing else new, though.

95 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-04-05 17:25 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]

v1.7 has been released. It is mostly bugfixes carried over from The Unarchiver:

  • Fix a bug that would make files with invalid filenames not work in Zip and Exe files.
  • Fix some small memory leaks.
  • Some small interface tweaks.
  • Read-only attributes for files in archives are now ignored. This caused some files not to extract correctly in older versions.
  • Fix a bug with parsing Tar files.

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97 Name: Mark Hawks : 2013-06-04 04:44 ID:dhlBC6jy [Del]

Will this show the contents of disk doubled AppleWorks (mac not Apple II) files? How about non compressed AppleWorks files?

98 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-06-05 01:46 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]


I think that is up to OS X. It should be able to extract disk doubled files, but it uses the built-in Quick Look to show contents, so if that can show it, The Archive Browser will show it, otherwise not.

99 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-06-08 08:37 ID:Heaven [Del]

I am considering adding support for buying The Archive Browser through, too. Currently, Xee 3 is being sold through that as an experiment.

If you'd like to see this, do speak up.

100 Name: Anonymous : 2013-06-12 19:08 ID:b5BRPFN4 [Del]

To me, the main advantage of staying off the App Store is being outside of the sandbox.

I use an unsandboxed version of The Unarchiver as my main file extractor, with The Archive Browser as a handy way to peek into particular archives every once in a while (and sometimes extract parts of archives into particular folders), so the sandboxing hardly ever bothers me in the latter.

101 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-07-04 17:09 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]

1.8 is now out. As with The Unarchiver, I am releasing it ahead of the App Store update, because I am dearly tired of waiting for Apple. The reason I can do that this time is that The Archive Browser is now available on too, like Xee.

You can get it here:

And you can buy a license here:

This version is also not sandboxed, in case you prefer things that way. If you still want the sandboxed version, you will have to wait until Apple feels like approving the App Store version.

Other changes are:

  • Fixed some more problems with opening TAR files.
  • Added support for XIP files.
  • Fixed some crashes and unsupported files for RAR.
  • Better support for RAR Mac OS X SFX files.
  • Fixed crashes for certain CAB and PDF files.
  • Added support for comments in Amiga LhA files.

102 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-04 18:35 ID:bkKKTdP0 [Del]

I'm guessing the answer is no, but is there a way to use this version if I have it bought from the App Store?

103 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-07-05 02:09 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]


Like I said, whenever Apple feels like approving it, it will be on the app store. Expect it to take about two weeks, if things go quickly.

104 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-07-09 17:09 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]

I don't know if Apple is trying to make up for the massive delays on Xee or what, but this time The Archive Browser got approved in record time. It should live on the store now.

105 Name: Anonymous : 2013-07-21 15:28 ID:CkWRbo9V [Del]

How do you delete files from an archive with the Archive Browser? The same way WinRAR does.

I want to use the Archive Browser to mod Minecraft, but you need to remove files from a JAR. I always used to decompress with the Unarchiver / recompress, but I'd rather edit in place, like Windows users.

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108 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-08-09 07:26 ID:Heaven [Del]

1.8.1 has been released. It is just a quick bugfix release to fix a problem where the Paddle framework would crash on OS X 10.9. This never affected the app store version, so that one will remain at 1.8.

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112 Name: Allan : 2013-08-18 06:46 ID:UZ1NxLIf [Del]

Just bought a license to the archive browser. But I cannot download the trial version with the link on your page says 403 Forbidden?


You don't have permission to access /releases/mac/ on this server.

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.

113 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-08-18 11:47 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]


Can you post your IP address or mail it to me?

114 Name: shishi : 2013-09-15 06:31 ID:Pk9DWMzE [Del]

please implement feature of compress, edit archive (rename, move files etc).

115 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-10-01 17:57 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]

1.9 has been released:

  • Add support for PMA files.
  • Better support for broken Zip files.
  • Fixed bugs in handling of NSIS and MSI files.
  • Now deletes partially extracted files after cancelling extraction.

116 Name: dejan : 2013-10-04 16:58 ID:mUQny2Fu [Del]

i just bought a license to the Archive Browser. Is a excellent program. Can you please translate it to german?

117 Name: Martin : 2013-10-20 05:51 ID:QoiLe+Kr [Del]


Quick-Look preview on archives doesn't work on Mac OS X 10.8.5. How to enable it?

And is there an option to open an archive by single-click?


118 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-10-20 06:10 ID:Heaven [Del]


If you mean Quick Look in the Finder, that is not implemented. The Quick Look support that is implemented is for looking at the contents of archives inside The Archive Browser.

119 Name: allan : 2013-10-27 05:48 ID:UZ1NxLIf [Del]

cannot download trial,

Says forbidden etc


120 Name: cit : 2013-10-27 18:14 ID:Cqje8POT [Del]

After upgrade to Mavericks it just can't show form to enter password for protected archives :(

121 Name: Anonymous : 2013-10-28 08:55 ID:MU3jw3Qu (Image: 1023x602 jpg, 71 kb) [Del]

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open protected archive bug on OS X 10.9

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124 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-11-02 18:49 ID:tP6lGzDQ [Del]

1.9.1 has now been released, which fixes the password and error screens on Mavericks. Apple sure messed up this update, this was entirely because of totally backwards-incompatible changes in system code that had to be worked around.

Mac App Store will be updated whenever Apple gets around to it.

125 Name: Anonymous : 2013-11-15 14:48 ID:HNeqv385 [Del]

Hi, so I just bought the archive browser from app store and have the problem in Maverick above. Seems like you have a bug fix in 1.9.1 to be downloaded but what do I do with that file. Sorry, I do not know these things..

126 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-11-16 05:52 ID:Heaven [Del]


You'll basically have to wait until Apple updates it on the App Store. We're all stuck waiting for them.

127 Name: juancagr : 2013-11-24 03:15 ID:FvcIuZ4j (Image: 991x173 png, 62 kb) [Del]

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Hey, you know when apple updated to 1.9.1?? e already purchased this day, not even the upgrade. Can you send me a license of version 1.9.1, as the author in the app store, not function at Mavericks.
I would appreciate if you send me the license.
Thanks and regards.

128 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-11-24 04:23 ID:Heaven [Del]


You tell me, I'm still waiting for them too. They've been told it's a urgent update for a crippling bug, and they're doing nothing. Welcome to the App Store.

Mail me if you want a license for the non-App Store version.

129 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-11-26 15:40 ID:Heaven [Del]

Well, it's finally out on the App Store, after I yelled at Apple in about every single way I can. Geez.

130 Name: Anonymous : 2013-12-13 21:48 ID:Heaven [Del]

You think they'd care a little more considering your apps regular top the free app charts...

131 Name: Anonymous : 2013-12-21 02:37 ID:Puu7x/ll [Del]


I'm trying to extract just one file to a specific directory but TAB seems to insist on recreating the directory structure of the archive to the destination.
For example by archive has:
Dir A->

     file B

I want to extract file B to a specific directory without TAB creating Dir A as its parent. Any way to do it?


132 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2013-12-21 03:16 ID:MB4YpmJ2 [Del]


Drag it out of the window and drop it where you want it, that should work.

133 Name: 133 : 2014-01-05 10:33 ID:mUQny2Fu [Del]

Is there any chance to get German localization???

134 Name: Anonymous : 2014-01-07 17:55 ID:pJYrlYuz [Del]

After deleting The Archive Browser (through Launchpad) THE WHOLE APPLICATION SUPPORT FOLDER DISAPPEARS, DAMMIT! How is this even possible (sandboxing, anyone?). Now that's what I call a critical bug!

135 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2014-01-08 14:07 ID:m97dxprq [Del]


That would be an OS X bug. The Archive Browser can not do that, sandboxed or not.

136 Name: Matthes : 2014-01-16 07:41 ID:3QPOW+cJ [Del]

It would be great to have the ability for adding files to an archive.

137 Name: poplarch : 2014-03-01 00:55 ID:WO9e+Ryl [Del]

just bought from the Mac App store, the sandbox is annoying, can i change to the non-sandbox version?

138 Name: Steve : 2014-03-05 13:22 ID:DcTNBYHV [Del]

I'm one of the folks who would love to be able to edit a file in an archive and have it saved back in the archive file. As it stands, I can do that, and see the edit has been saved in the quick-view, but when I close the archive and open it again, only the original file is there. All I want to do with this is update my password file and keep it encrypted, without having to extract, edit, encrypt, then delete the non-encrypted file. Thanks!

139 Name: Harald : 2014-04-03 08:24 ID:rFdV/kA/ [Del]

Does the Archive Browser support the new RAR 5 format?

140 Name: Trysha : 2014-04-03 19:19 ID:EKaGgXzg [Del]

OMG I will be estatic if you can help me. I had a sociopath that I had only know for4 yrs, steal and demolish the life I had built for 45 years. He took an external hard rive with man;y many irreplaceable memories. Most of which occurred before I met him. Children graduating, home runs, alls stars, equestrian state finals. My daughter completing the 2 mil run on graduation from BMT at Lackand AirForce base. However, I have a stack of about 20 HP disks that are in an encrypted backup. many of these pictures and mementoes are on these disks. Will Your program the "Unichiver" have a chance of restoring these disks to readable file formats?

141 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2014-04-06 00:47 ID:m97dxprq [Del]


Not yet, but i am working on it, slowly.


Hmm. Depends. Do you know which format they are, and what the password is?

142 Name: Anonymous : 2014-09-16 20:14 ID:6KNwuUir [Del]

When I access through a web browser, it just shows the source code. If I run the command "perl" it gives me and index file, when I go to that, it's just a static page. I'm a noob when it comes to this, can anyone help?

143 Name: Anonymous : 2014-09-16 22:35 ID:Heaven [Del]

Wrong thread, but you need to set up your web server to handle Perl scripts properly.

144 Name: Mike : 2014-09-21 19:11 ID:Xd4n9bac [Del]

I get the error message "the contents of the file "ABC" cannot be extracted with this program" even that this is the second file (4,7 GB) and the first one (11,3 GB) just worked fine. Any ideas what to do?

145 Name: Nele : 2014-09-27 08:26 ID:Be5JEayU [Del]

Hi, I purchased the app in mac app store.
Can you please add option to delete archive after extraction (as in the unarchiver)

146 Name: Keith : 2014-10-18 21:17 ID:QOn+/V2z (Image: 517x337 png, 51 kb) [Del]

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Hi, I have just purchased the 'The Archive Browser' app from AppStore for my OS X Yosemite.

When I click on the app preference, I cannot select the file association even I click the "select all" or "deselect all" the association settings do not change.

How can I solve this?

147 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2014-10-19 01:30 ID:hTSFHVVr [Del]


You can't. Apple has permanently disabled this feature in the App Store. You either have to do it by hand in The Finder using Get Info, or use the non-App Store version.

148 Name: SimWhite : 2014-10-24 13:01 ID:sto84f5h [Del]

I'm bought App Store version and now I have the same problem as Keith. How can I get a non-App Store license?

149 Name: SimWhite : 2014-10-24 13:03 ID:sto84f5h [Del]

I'm bought App Store version and now I have the same problem as Keith. How can I get a non-App Store license?

150 Name: Oz : 2014-10-24 13:21 ID:+RITjWS/ [Del]

It is GREAT that the software will UNARCHIVE files. BUT, can it ARCHIVE files, that is, will it also COMPRESS files? Sorry to ask such a dumb question... If it will not (Uncompress and Compress), can you recommend something that does BOTH well... Thanks....

151 Name: Cosmin : 2014-11-02 15:26 ID:eI1wDfAe [Del]

Hello, I am unable to select other types of archives from the menu, only those default. And this in Yosemite.

152 Name: Keith : 2014-11-08 19:57 ID:QOn+/V2z [Del]

Would you please recommend a method for getting a non-app store license code for those who purchased the app in App Store?

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154 Name: Kativ : 2014-12-25 22:28 ID:YRlo360y [Del]

Bought the app store version. Not able to use because of the problem as Keith. Can you provide a road map going forward?

155 Name: poplarch : 2015-01-11 04:31 ID:fSw6H1q/ [Del]

just want to change from sandbox to non-sandbox, but buy another license?

156 Name: John : 2015-02-18 07:10 ID:jb4gapzB [Del]

The Archive Browser asks for permission to search the download folder for other parts every time I use it. Isn't it supposed to remember this after the first time?

157 Name: Adam : 2015-03-09 10:55 ID:OvX/6HIV [Del]

I have installed 'The Archive Browser' however am unable to get it to preview zip files via QuickLook (space bar). The program successfully opens the archive and shows the contents, just not with QuickLook. When I view in the '/Library/QuickLook' or '/System/Library/QuickLook/' directories in Finder, there is no *.qlgenerator file which refers to archives.

Also, following up with Keith's question, is there a way to get the non-sandboxed license if we have purchased a license in the App Store?

158 Name: IYA : 2015-06-02 00:00 ID:PJnOljFd (Image: 699x828 png, 251 kb) [Del]

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When trying to exclude folders from subfolders (2nd or 3rd child level) doesnt work, those folders are extracted anyway even if they are skipped from selection.
Please fix this on next release.
Thanks & Regards.

159 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2015-09-23 03:45 ID:kD/AHuGO [Del]

The Archive Browser has also been updated to match The Unarchiver 3.10. It contains the same bugfixes, plus fixes for an issue where the app would close quietly rather than open files. The non-App Store version also has Sparkle updates now (also untested).


  • Fixed crash on OS X 10.11.
  • Fixed a bug where the program would sometimes exit silently when trying to open files.
  • Removed file type selector from the App Store version, as Apple broke it and there is no way to get it back to working. Apple does not allow me to tell anybody this in the actual app, though.
  • Added Sparkle updating for the non-App Store version.
  • Fixed an issue that made unpacked application not work.
  • Better support for Zip, 7z, gzip and NSIS files.
  • Bugfixes for pax and ARJ.
  • Fixes for a few crashing bugs.

160 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2015-09-23 16:39 ID:Heaven [Del]

1.10.1 has bee released, to fix the same bug as in The Unarchiver 3.10.1: Crashing on 10.9 and below.

161 Name: David : 2015-12-11 17:06 ID:RfdQXp8F [Del]

Hi! Is it possible to get a license for the non-sandboxed version if I send you the receipt of the MAS version?

162 Name: Michael : 2015-12-27 17:16 ID:GSb6Q2+7 (Image: 420x262 gif, 18 kb) [Del]

I downloaded the trial version 1.10.1.
It doesn't start under 10.6.8 (Intel-Mac).

Greetings from Germany

163 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2015-12-28 13:16 ID:Heaven [Del]


10.7 is the minimum requirement now.

164 Name: Jose Luis : 2016-01-05 19:17 ID:O83xb76w [Del]

Is it possible to have a Quicklook plugin to see the zip contents directly form the Finder?
I refuse to install a competition software (BetterZip) just to have Quicklook… 

165 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2016-05-17 19:43 ID:xk9T3eP/ [Del]

Version 1.11 has been released:

  • Support for RAR version 5 archives.
  • Added date column to file list.
  • Handle opening archives with huge number of parts better.
  • Bug fixes for zip64, NSIS, and Squeeze.
  • Updated Sparkle.

166 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2016-05-20 22:30 ID:Heaven [Del]

Version 1.11.1 has been released, with a small RAR fix to match The Unarchiver 3.11.1.

167 Name: The4Rum : 2016-06-03 19:40 ID:99S95pbI (Image: 1920x1080 png, 697 kb) [Del]

I have the Apple App Store version on The Archive Browser 1.11.1 and I uncompressed large multi-part movies using RAR format. This one worked but if it has another instance of the Archive Browser open with a loaded file it fails with a dark red screen: Could not extract the file "XYZ" from the archive "(null)":

See the attached screenshot

This has happened with just one instance open if it has over 100 parts.

168 Name: !WAHa.06x36 : 2016-06-04 11:03 ID:kg+5inrO [Del]


That's very odd, that bug should have been fixed in the latest version... Can you double check the version number?

169 Name: Anonymous : 2016-08-08 02:11 ID:fhG9CTlo [Del]

Hey! Thanks for the software, i used it for a long time (override demo version) and now i bought it, because it is a good application. Thanks you! Stay tuned!

170 Name: Jules : 2016-09-01 14:27 ID:/LmkDuYe [Del]

Is it possible to decompress just by double-clicking the file in Finder?

Just like the system does with .zip


171 Name: Sergej : 2017-06-22 23:36 ID:XWyZAsvi (Image: 1329x925 jpg, 233 kb) [Del]


I have about 100 RAR archives which are each split into three files, so total of 300 RARs:


Each of these archives (fileA, fileB, ...) is password protected - with the same password. What is the best way to "mass-extract" all of them without avoiding the mess visible in the screenshot: 100 separate windows opening up at the same time and cluttering my desktop?

I am missing an opption "use the same password for all" in The Archive Browser?

I am coming from Keka which was not able to mass-extract tons of password-protected files.

Many thanks and keep up the great work!

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