PeaZip is an
Open Source cross-platform free archive manager
application for Linux, macOS, and Windows, a freeware alternative to
WinRar, WinZip and similar utilities, to create, open and extract 7z,
rar, tar, zip files and many more archive formats.
archive manager utility for Darwin / Apple macOS
PeaZip is now available as precompiled binary DMG
packages for Darwin and Apple Macintosh systems (macOS operating
system), built both for
Silicon chip, and for Intel architecture. Apple Silico (M1, M2,...) SoC
can run both versions,
aarch64 and Intel 64 bit using Rosetta 2 emulation layer.
How to install
PeaZip archive manager on macOS
To install PeaZip archive manager
utility on macOS machines, open the DMG
package recommended for your architecture (M1 can run both), and
simply (1) drag & drop peazip.app into your Mac's Application
directory, (2) open the
Terminal and run the command:
If the system shows the error
is damaged and can’t be opened. You should move it to the Trash"
or "peazip.app cannot be opened
because the developer cannot be verified" the first time you run
PeaZip, it simply means Safari has applied the "quarantine" attribute
downloaded app package. *
For legacy OSX systems which are unable to mount compressed DMGs, the
Intel package is also available as plain ZIP package: after extraction,
the installation requires the aforementioned steps as for the DMG
packages peazip for
Darwin, Intel (ZIP)
PeaZip running on macOS,
light mode, see dark mode screenshot
* Those warning
messages are issue because the application's binaries
are not signed (M1
version is simply ad-hoc
signed, Intel version is not signed): to fix the error open the
Terminal and run the aforementioned xattr command.
You can replace /Applications/peazip.app string in the script with the
actual PeaZip's path if
you prefer to use the application from a different position than
Safari browser usually apply the "quarantine" flag to various file
when they are downloaded from the web (which is a common security
practice for Safari), so apps downloaded from the web rather than from
the Apple Store usually comes with this flag.
Learn more about Apple suggestions to Safely open apps on
As PeaZip's compiled binaries are unsigned, they
for permission to access certain paths on your machine
the first time.
macOS system versions it is sufficient to respond "OK" once to the
system's permission request.
Add PeaZip to
macOS context menu
To add PeaZip to macOS right-click context menu:
root of DMG packages it is available "macOS
service menus" folder, which provides Automator .workflow
to (optionally) integrate main functions of PeaZip in the macOS context
menu, such as Add to
archive, Extract, Open file or folder with PeaZip.
clicking on a service menu will install it in the system, and
make it available right-clicking files and folders on your Mac.
To uninstall a service menu, follow system's instruction from context
menu customization entry, or simply delete it from ˜/Library/Services/
Those scripts are fully customizable using Automator, and a copy of the
scripts is available in (peazip)/res/share/batch folder.
The "batch" folder also provides examples of .sh scripts to use PeaZip
from terminal and in scripts.
readme_macOS.txt file, also featured in root of DMG packages, provides
information about installing PeaZip, compiling the application from
sources, and integrating it with macOS right-click context menu.
PeaZip entries in
macOS contextual menu
Features provided by
PeaZip archive manager utility
PeaZip is a full featured file
manager and archive manager application, providing and Open Source
alternative to software like WinRar and WinZip on macOS, supporting creation of ZIP archives and of many
more archive formats (7Z, BZ2, GZ, PEA, TAR, ZIPX, WIM), extraction of RAR archives and even many more
archive types, as well as creation and extraction of encrypted archives
(using AES, Twofish, and Serpent
encryption algorithms) with optional two factor authentication, encryption of file names, and
authenticated encryption (e.g. AES in EAX mode in PEA format).
PeaZip can also export tasks defined in the GUI as console script for later usage
(e.g. backup tasks), split files, verify checksum and hash, etc.
Alternatively, to use PeaZip without installation (as a Portable app),
you can drag
peazip.app elsewhere on the system and run the application from the
preferred location, even a network path in order to share the
application with other users.
Another alternative not requiring installation is to simply double
click peazip.app and run it; in this way the DMG will be closed and
app's files automatically removed at next login.
In all of aforementioned cases, PeaZip configuration will be saved into
user's home/.config path.
PeaZip on Darwin / macOS from sources
alternative, PeaZip can be compiled
and built from sources (Open Source, LGPLv3 license), with
Lazarus/FPC IDE 2.2RC or more
recent, as native application for
Darwin / macOS, both for Intel x86_64 CPU (OSX up to macOS 10.15
Catalina), and for Apple Silicon M1 aarch64 ARM SoC (for macOS 11 Big
Sur, Monterey and more recent systems), targeting in both cases Cocoa widgetset.
Legacy Carbon widgetset is
still supported by Lazarus, but untested
regarding compiling and building PeaZip for legacy Apple systems.
For best results compiling project_peach.lpi and project_pea.lpi with
Lazarus/FPC targeting Macintosh machines, open main menu, Project >
Configuration and Target, and set Darwin
as destination OS, and aarch64 as destination CPU family
if compiling for machines with M1, M2 Apple Silicon chip family, or x86_64 if compiling for Intel-based
PeaZip binaries compiled on your own machine:
- will not have the quarantine flag attached so will
run not requiring to remove the flag as needed for the downloaded app,
but uploading and downloading them will have the quarantine flag
automatically added to them
- will require to grant permission to access certain
paths on your machine the first time, exactly as the downloaded app
PeaZip packages on macOS /
still also possible to run non-Darwin PeaZip packages on macOS as for
previous versions of the app; for example PeaZip for Windows packages
through Wine for Mac,
and PeaZip for Linux packages can run on macOS employing tools like MacPorts and Homebrew.
Anyway, it is now recommended either to run the native packages or to
build PeaZip from sources.
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of PeaZip for Darwin / macOS. Open Source archive manager app, freeware
WinRar and WinZip alternative utility for Apple macOS machines. Open
and extract 7Z, RAR, TAR, ZIP files on Mac systems. How to
install and run PeaZip on macOS. How to compile PeaZip for Darwin /
macOS, both M1 Apple Silicon
aarch64 and Intel x86_64 architectures.
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