We all know that compressing a file or folder is a mere right-click away here on Mac OS X, but .zip is so 1990s. Wouldn’t you prefer compressing or decompressing using fancy newfangled algorithms? I thought so.

If you’d like a canonical de-RARing solution, you can go get yourself UnRarX. It’s free and open source, so what’s to complain about? Of course, sometimes you’d like to *compress* instead of extract.


Enter Keka. Also a free and open source app, it will compress files using 7z, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2. On the decompressing side, it can handle RAR, 7z, Lzma, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, ISO, EXE, CAB, PAX, ACE (PPC). It’ll handle just about anything you can throw at it.

These cool-guy free apps will blow your mind when you compare it to the built-in compress/decompression in OS X. If you have any more suggestions for great apps like these, leave a comment on this post.

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