The BetterZip Quick Look Generator

The BetterZip Quick Look Generator extends macOS's Quick Look functionality to let you inspect the contents of compressed archives.

The BetterZip Quick Look generator has been unified with and integrated into BetterZip. It's still completely free to use for everyone, only easier to install and update. Just download BetterZip, put it in your Applications folder and you are ready to go. Some users may have to log out and back in before macOS picks up on the new QL generator.

The currently supported archive formats are: ZIP, RAR, 7-Zip, TAR, TGZ, TBZ, TXZ, GZip, BZip2, ARJ, LZH, ISO, CHM, CAB, CPIO, DEB, RPM, StuffIt's SIT, BinHex, and MacBinary. And now also Apple Disk Images (DMG) and winmail.dat!

Registered users of BetterZip get two bonus features in the QL generator: You can click any file in the QL panel and command will be handed over to BetterZip which will extract and display the clicked file. And there is a drop-down list in the QL panel with all your extraction presets. Choose one and BetterZip will extract the archive using the chosen preset.


  • Toggle whether you like to see hidden files and package contents.
  • Choose which columns to display.
  • Toggle whether the header section should scroll out of the window or be kept in place.

You can set the various options directly in the Quick Look pop-up. Just click the Preferences button in the upper right area. Set your options and click the button again to hide it.

Legacy Versions

If you are stuck on an older version of macOS than 10.9, please get one of the legacy versions. Install it by unpacking and copying the BetterZipQL.qlgenerator bundle to your /Library/QuickLook folder (if you want to install it for all users on your Mac) or to the ~/Library/QuickLook folder, this is the Library/QuickLook folder inside your user folder. You may need to create the QuickLook folder inside ~/Library first.

The Quick Look framework will need a little time before it realizes that a new generator has been added. If you are impatient and not afraid of using the terminal, you can execute the following command to make the Quick Look framework reset immediately:
> qlmanage -r
or you could restart the Finder. Or logout and -in again. Or restart your Mac. Or take a nap. You choose.