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a Mac OS X .[m]pkg unarchiver


I dislike .pkg files on Mac OS X. I don't like how they can touch any part of the system they want. Many times the installer files are useless anyway; all they do is make sure an app is installed in /Applications, for example, which I can handle myself, thank you very much. So this utility simply unpacks all the files in a package. Very handy, and GNU GPL free too!

Note: Unpkg does not touch you system at all except for the folder where the unpacking takes places. Because it does not move files around in your system (on purpose), you should not use unpkg to install, say, incremental OS X updates. But if you just need to get a kext from that package, for example, then unpkg is exactly what you need.


pretty unpkg screenshot


  • unpkg-4.8.zip -- 2022-03-20
  • unpkg-4.7.zip -- 2021-03-14
  • unpkg-4.6.zip -- 2019-10-22
  • unpkg-4.5.zip -- 2010-08-26
  • unpkg-4.0.zip -- 2009-01-16. we skipped 3.0 because it's so much better and different!
  • unpkg-2.1.zip -- 2006-08-08
  • unpkg-2.0.zip -- 2006-06-14
  • Old release (PowerPC only...if you just absolutely need the outdated and ugly text-only interface): unpkg-1.61.zip -- 2005-06-27

  • Thanks

    © 2006-21 timdoug | email: "me" at this domain
    So necessary