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By Dan Moren

Applications Folder: The Unarchiver


File compression! It’s not sexy, it’s not new, but it’s still something we all deal with, even in this day and age of superfast Internet connections and terabytes of storage. But I still remember all too well the heady days of the ‘90s, when downloading anything off a bulletin board or the nascent Internet meant relying on that old chestnut, StuffIt Expander, and working with .SIT files, binhexing, and so on.

These days, of course, file compression is built right into macOS, with the ability to zip and unzip files directly accessible via the Finder. And for most people, that’s probably enough.

But every once in a while, I run across something for which macOS’s built-in compression capabilities aren’t quite sufficient. In those eventualities, I have for years turned to The Unarchiver. In addition to handling your standard ZIP files, The Unarchiver can accommodate a ton of other compression and archiving formats, like RAR, gzip, tar, and even those old StuffIt files you might have lying around.…

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