Universal Extractor 1.6.1 is a program designed to decompress and extract files from any type of archive or installer, such as ZIP or RAR files, self-extracting EXE files, application installers, etc. The full list of supported formats can be found in the table below. It’s able to support so many varied file formats by utilizing the many backend utilities listed in the credits at the bottom of the page.
Please note that Universal Extractor is not intended to be a general purpose archiving program. It cannot (and never will) create archives, and therefore cannot fully replace archivers such as 7-Zip or WinRAR. What it will do, however, is allow you to extract files from virtually any type of archive, regardless of source, file format, compression method, etc.
The original motivation behind this project was to create an easy, convenient way to extract files from various types of installation packages without the need to remember arcane command line switches or track down separate utilities to handle the unpacking. Over time, and with the encouragement of its many users and the fine folks over on the MSFN forum, it has evolved into a mature and very capable unarchiving utility that many, including myself, find indispensable.
Universal Extractor 1.6.1 Features:
Strictly dedicated to extraction
There’s no other purpose to this program than extracting the contents of archives. As such, you cannot rely on it to create archives. Also, the number of files it can process simultaneously is restricted to one, so batch decompressing is not possible.
Integrates in the context menu
On the upside, it integrates itself into the Explorer’s context menu for easy and comfortable access. This feature is configurable during installation where, at one point, you can select the shortcuts to be bundled in the right-click menu: “Add UniExtract Files”, “Add UniExtract Here”, and “Add UniExtract to Subdir”.
Lightweight and easy to use
The application’s interface is incredibly simple with just two visible fields: one for the source file and one for the destination folder. The Preferences section allows you to set up the language of the application and the debug file directory. Plus, you can check options for enabling warnings before executing files, removing duplicate files, removing temporary files, or for appending missing file extensions.
Minds its own business
Universal Extractor doesn’t pass as a competitor for much evolved software such as WinZip,WinRar or 7-Zip, since it lacks archiving abilities. Please bear in mind that it’s only meant to be used as a decompression utility. There is also a portable edition available.
To end with
Although Universal Extractor’s features don’t quite make the list, the purpose it was built for is carried out nicely with each task. It’s ready for use from the moment it is deployed on your system, also integrating in the context menu for enhanced ease of access.