App Addict
May 25th, 2024

Why Haven't You Installed Keka Yet?

Universal Apps

If you're going to get into the software and file downloading game, you're going to end up seeing some strange compressed files. Although macOS had built in decompression capabilities for some file formats (ZIP, TAR, GZIP, BZIP2, WAR, CPGZ and CPIO), it doesn't come close to supporting the formats that the free utility, Keka supports: 7Z, ZIP, RAR, TAR, GZIP, BZIP2, XZ, LZIP, BROTLI, ZSTD, LRZIP, DMG, ISO, LZMA, EXE, CAB, WIM, MSI, PAX, JAR, APK, APPX, XPI, IPA, CPGZ, CPIO, XIP, CPT and more.

Furthermore, if you want to do some file compression yourself, macOS will let you make ZIP files and DMGs. That's it. By installing Keka, you'll gain the ability to create files in a variety of formats: 7Z, ZIP, TAR, GZIP, BZIP2, XZ, LZIP, BROTLI, ZSTD, LRZIP, AAR, WIM, DMG and ISO.

Keka can divide large files into multiple parts that will automatically reassemble after decompression. You gain the ability to use 256 bit encryption. You can also take advantage of a drag and drop interface into the Keka main window or by simply dropping files onto the Keka icon in the dock.

There is also a version of Keka available for iOS.

If you have a legacy version of macOS running, it's no problem, you can freely download the current and past versions on the Keka website. If you want to kick the developer some dough, you can also get Keka on the App Store for $4.99 and take advantage of having it updated automatically. In order to set Keka as your default extraction app for compressed files, you'll need to download a free helper app on the developer's website. The developer is Jorge Garcia Armero. If you like the app, buy him a cup of coffee. He has given a lot to the Mac community.

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The Keka app interface, showing various compression methods
Keka Interface with Compression Options