BetterZip 5
> the next generation of archiving
–– What's new in BetterZip 5? ––

Create and Update

  • BetterZip can create archives with these formats: ZIP, DMG, TAR, TGZ, TBZ, TXZ, TZ, Zstandard, Brotli, 7-ZIP, XAR, and — using the external commandline utility — RAR.
  • Modify archives: Open an archive and add, delete, rename, and edit files. It's super easy.
  • Compatibility: Have BetterZip remove Mac specific files from archives for archives that look and behave well on Windows.
  • Edit archived files in an external application and BetterZip can save the changes back and update your archive.

Open and Extract

  • BetterZip can currently open and extract over 30 archive formats including: ZIP, TAR, TGZ, TBZ, TXZ, TZ, Zstandard, Brotli, 7-ZIP, RAR, Apple Disk Images (DMG), TNEF (winmail.dat), ARJ, LHA, LZH, ISO, CHM, CAB, CPIO/CPGZ, DEB, RPM, StuffIt's SIT and SITX, BinHex, MacBinary, ePub, JAR/WAR/EAR/SAR/PAR/WSR Java archives, CBZ/CBR e-books, GZip, BZip2, WIM.
  • BetterZip can also join split files with enumerated file extensions 001, 002, ...
  • Open and extract winmail.dat files.
  • Open, extract, and modify ePub files. BetterZip is not a replacement for a real ePub editor, but since ePub files are really just special zip files, why not use BetterZip to peek into or even modify them.
  • Extract images and sounds from PDF or Flash files.


Preview or Quick Look files inside your archives without extracting first.

Protect Your Data

  • Protect your data with strong AES-256 encryption. Never email sensitive files unencrypted or upload them to cloud services without protection.
  • BetterZip's password manager can collect a list of archive passwords in a securely encrypted password vault and use them automatically whenever you open an encrypted archive.
  • BetterZip features a password generator similar to Safari's. Let BetterZip suggest strong passwords whenever needed.

Finder and Sharing

  • The new BetterZip menu in Finder's contextual menus gives you access to all your presets to compress or extract with preconfigured options.
  • The Finder extension also adds a button in the Finder’s toolbar. Select some files in Finder, click the BetterZip button and choose one of your presets from the drop-down menu to create an archive with these files. Of course, you can also invoke any of your extraction presets on selected archives.
  • BetterZip 5 adds a sharing extension to macOS' Sharing menu that lets you compress documents from inside other apps.
  • BetterZip 5 itself has a Share button to send an archive to one of macOS' share targets, e.g., attach it to an email or upload it to a cloud storage service.
  • BetterZip allows you to add configurable services to macOS' Services menu.


BetterZip allows you to create presets for creating and extracting archives. Presets collect all settings that can be applied to an archive, from the destination folder and archive format, to passwords and even a script to execute after the operation completed.


BetterZip can filter out unwanted files during archive extraction. No more Thumbs.db and other unwanted stuff from other systems! It can also prevent files from being put into your archive in the first place. You don't want your hidden version control folders or backup files in the archive.

Automate BetterZip

BetterZip can be scripted using AppleScript. Integrate it in your workflows.

BetterZip includes Automator actions for compressing, extracting, and testing archives.

BetterZip integrates nicely with third party productivity tools like Alfred, LaunchBar, DropZone, and Hazel.

See the Automation page for more details.

Archive Comments

Display, add, and update archive comments for zip and rar formats. BetterZip can also display the file comments that may be present in zip files.

Test archives

  • Quickly test an archive without extracting it to find out whether it is damaged.
  • Test archives using the operations queue.

Integrated QL Generator

The widely used BetterZip Quick Look Generator is now integrated into BetterZip. Using the QL generator is still free for all.

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