Performs all of the functions expected of a file archive application

Keka for Mac

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Keka for Mac

  -  31.44 MB  -  Freeware
  • Latest Version

    Keka 1.3.8 LATEST

  • Review by

    Michael Reynolds

  • Operating System

    Mac OS X 10.10 or later

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Keka for Mac is a versatile file archiver that offers users of all technical knowledge levels the ability to easily, quickly, and reliably compress and extract files in various supported formats. It comes as a standalone tool that can be used inside a simple drag-and-drop UI interface and as a background service accessible from a command-based Terminal app. This highly versatile approach makes it appealing to both novice and seasoned users, especially since it is completely free to use.

The app supports a wide range of compression formats (including the most popular ones Zip and 7Z), even more extraction formats (ZIP, RAR, TAR, and others), and can even manage ISO format for CD/DVD disc image archives, enabling users to quickly access this archived content without the need for cumbersome CD/DVD virtual drive apps. However, users should be aware that this app supports much more extraction than compression formats, limiting its usefulness for users who want total control over their file management workflow.

  • Compress files in popular archive formats such as 7Z, ZIP, TAR, GZIP, and others.
  • Extract files from 10+ popular compresses archive formats.
  • Full support for encryption using AES-256 standard.
  • A large array of advanced tools, including support for file splitting, compression strengths, separate item compression, and more.
  • Simple drag-and-drop interface for ease of use.
  • Full support for Terminal command access.
Installation and Setup

To install it, users simply must download the latest version of the installer from the official website, or the secure FileHorse servers. The developers actively support only the modern version of the app that receives regular updates on mac OS 10.5 or newer. The legacy version of the app (for Mac OS X 10.4 and older) can be found on the official website.

Once installed, Mac users can also make the Keka app as their default extraction app, but this can only be achieved by downloading and installing a separate helper app called “KekaDefaultApp” from the official website. Simply start the app and follow a few simple on-screen instructions to finish the procedure of elevating Keka to the position of primary compression file manager.

How to Use

Most users will access the services of this app from inside its streamlined user interface that allows dragging and dropping of files to the specific activation zones for file compression and decompression. However, its services can also be accessed from Finder and Desktop file context menus, as well as from inside the Terminal app. Terminal commands can also be used to access a larger array of configuration options that are not accessible from its GUI interface, including changing the way compression formats work, additional password and checksum tools, and more.

User Interface

This app features a simple and intuitive user interface, allowing users to quickly compress and extract files using a familiar drag-and-drop interaction. The main dashboard promotes the use of 5 compression formats that all showcase tabbed configuration modules (7Z, ZIP, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2), as well as Dmg and Iso management tools. All compression formats have their own set of configuration options such as compressing strength tool, split option, volume name, password encryption, and more.

All in all, the app is very simple to use and can be mastered in mere seconds after the first startup.


What is Keka for macOS?
It is a lightweight file archiver utility for Mac, allowing users to compress and extract files in various formats.

Is it safe?
Yes. This is a safe and reliable application.

What compression formats are supported?
7z, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, DMG and ISO.

What decompression formats are supported?
RAR, 7z, Lzma, Zip, Tar, Gzip, Bzip2, ISO, EXE, CAB, and PAX.

What’s New

This app is in active development and regularly receives new functionality and stability updates. The latest version as of the time of this review added support for 6 international languages and added a more reliable way of tracking progress during the ZIP split file option task.


The Unarchiver – The most popular file extraction tool for Macs.

BetterZip – Offers advanced file compression and encryption features.

RAR for Mac – A versatile file compression and extraction tool, providing users with the capability to compress, decompress, and manage RAR files.


This app is 100% free. It does not feature any premium subscription options, in-app ads, or premium unlocks.

System Requirements

The Keka app requires Mac OS X 10.10 or newer.

Several separate legacy versions are offered on the app’s official website for Mac OS X 10.4 to Mac OS X 10.9.

  • Supports a wide range of compression and extraction formats.
  • Simple and intuitive user interface.
  • Offers file encryption and splitting features.
  • Accessible from the Terminal app.
  • Limited advanced options compared to competing apps.

Keka for Mac is a reliable and easy-to-use file archiver utility for Mac, offering a wide range of compression and extraction features to users of all technical levels. It supports a simple drag-and-drop interface, context menu file management options, and Terminal commands, with compatibility with various formats. While all this makes it a valuable tool for managing file archives on Mac, the most demanding users may need to look for other premium apps that can unlock additional advanced features not available in this app.

  • Keka 1.3.8 Screenshots

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What's new in this version:

- Added MDZ (Commodore Amiga MOD Archive) to the supported extraction list
- Changed Sparkle's bundle identifier
- Added keka:// URL scheme to open Keka from wherever
- Updated ZSTD from 1.5.5 to 1.5.6
- Traditional Chinese translation updated
- Vietnamese translation updated
- Italian translation updated
- Russian translation updated
- Fixed typo in the Dutch translation

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