Archives as easy as "pie"

Frequently asked questions

Why should I upgrade to Archiver 3?

Besides several under-the-hood improvements, here are some features we've added to Archiver that we feel you'll find are worth the upgrade:

  • A smooth, translucent new user interface that feels right at home with the newest macOS releases
  • Smart file extensions when creating new archives
  • Support for many new formats, such as .pkg, .deb, .zipx and more
  • Refined multitasking — with Archiver 3, you can now create, extract and do even more with archives simultaneously
Is there an upgrade discount?

Indeed there is! You can upgrade to Archiver 3 for a discount if you own a license to either Archiver 1 or Archiver 2.

I only bought a previous version of Archiver recently, do I still need to upgrade?

If you purchased Archiver after April 1st, 2016 you’re entitled to a free upgrade. Please contact us with your serial number and we’ll send you your new serial number.

Does Archiver support RAR?

That's right! Archiver can open, create and convert archives in the RAR format. Creating RAR archives requires a third-party plugin, but this is easily installed.

Please note that Archiver only supports creating RAR archives in our direct download version. The Mac App Store's sandboxing rules prohibit use of the RAR plugin.

Is there a difference between the Mac App Store and direct download versions?

There are two differences in order to comply with Apple's Mac App Store rules:

  • Archiver only supports creating RAR archives in our direct download version. The Mac App Store's sandboxing rules prohibit use of the RAR plugin.

  • Default output destination. In the direct download version the default output folder is set to "Same folder as input files" whereas in the App Store version this is set to "Ask me".

What formats does Archiver support?

Archiver can uncompress, unpack, unzip, unrar and open most archive file formats you'll encounter.

See the list of supported file formats or download Archiver and hit it with an archive.

What kind of compression does the Archiver format offer?

.archiver archives use image and audio pre-compression, followed by Xar compression.

Can Archiver open encrypted archives?

Yes, Archiver can uncompress password-protected encrypted archives, such as those in the RAR, 7zip and/or Zip format.

Archives with both standard encryption (where the file contents are encrypted) and the strong header encryption (where the file names are concealed) can be extracted with Archiver.

To open encrypted archives, simply drag them onto Archiver, enter your password and click Extract. That's it!

What kind of encryption does Archiver use?

Archiver uses pkzip encryption for Zip archives and AES-256 for 7zip archives.

We strongly recommend the latter for securely archiving files.

Can Archiver open split archives?

Yes, Archiver can combine and then unarchive split archives in RAR and 7zip format.

To open a split archive file, simply drag one or more of the split files onto Archiver and click Extract. Easy as pie! Download Archiver now and try it out.

Can Archiver split or combine files?

Yes, Archiver is both a file splitter and file combiner!

You can also create split 7zip archives here.

Similarly, to combine a set of split files, drag one or more of the files onto Archiver and click Combine.

Can I set the compression level when creating archives?

Sure thing!

When creating Zip, RAR, 7zip, Tar Gzip or Tar Bzip2 archives, you can set the compression level of the archive. The higher the compression strength, the smaller the archive (but the longer it takes to create and extract the archive).

What does the Clean menu item do?

The Clean menu item removes any stale temporary working directories created by Archiver.

Normally Archiver cleans up any working directories automatically when an operation (such as extracting an archive) completes. Running this command is only necessary if Archiver quits unexpectedly and so wasn't able to clean up the temporary directories automatically.

Lost your license key?

No problem!

Please enter the email address you used for your purchase and we'll send you the serial number right away.

Contact us

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Download older versions

Version Operating system
Archiver 1.1.4 Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Archiver 1.2.2 Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Archiver 2.1.5 Mac OS X 10.7 Lion
Archiver 2.2.2 Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Archiver 2.3.0 Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Archiver 2.4.0 Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan