Universal Extractor v1.6 [Download of the Day]

By Abhinav Lal Published Date
22 - Sep - 2010
| Last Updated
05 - May - 2014
Universal Extractor v1.6 [Download of the Day]

Ever become rather frustrated knowing that though you had the archive, you had no real means to extract it? Are you tired of figuring out which utility will open what? Well then, Universal Extractor is for you…it can UniExtract anything, compress or archive nothing.

By using a variety of utilities at the backend, this 5.3MB download can decompress the following file formats of archives, packages, disc images, installers and documents:


File formats

Archive Type

File Extension(s)

7-zip archive

.7z, .exe
ACE archive
.ace, .exe
ARC archive
ARJ archive
.arj, .exe

ASpack compressed file



.bin, .cue

bzip2 archive

.bz2, .tbz2, .tar.bz2

CPIO compressed file


Debian package


DiscJuggler CD-ROM image


Encoded files

.b64, .uu, .uue, .xx,

.xxe, .yenc, .ntx


Gentee package

gzip archive

.gz, .tgz, .tar.gz

IMG floppy disk image


Inno Setup package


Installer VISE package


InstallShield Cabinet archive

.cab, .1, .lib

InstallShield package


ISO 9660 CD-ROM image

KGB archive

.kgb, kge, .exe

LZH compressed file

.lzh, .lha

LZMA compressed file


LZO compressed file


LZW compressed file

.Z, .tz, .tar.Z

LZX compressed file

MHTML file

Microsoft Cabinet archive

.cab, .exe, .imf

Microsoft Compiled Help file


Microsoft compressed file


Microsoft LIT e-book


Microsoft Windows Help file




Nero CD-ROM images

NSIS package

Oasis Document Format (ODF) document

.odt, .odp, .odg, .ods

Office Open XML (OOXML) document

.docx, .pptx, .xlsx

Outlook Express mail archive

PEA archive
RAR archive

.rar, .001, .exe

Reflexive Arcade package


RoboForm package

RPM package

SetupFactory package


SIS (SymbianOS) packages


StuffIt packages

TAR archive

.tar, .tbz2, .tgz, .txz, .tz,

.tar.bz2, .tar.gz, .tar.xz, .tar.Z


UHARC archive


UPX compressed file

.exe, .dll

Windows Imaging Format image


Windows Installer merge module


Windows Installer package


Windows Installer patch


Windows Update Standalone patch


Wise Installer package


XZ compressed file

.xz, .txz, .tar.xz

ZIP archive

.zip, .jar, .xpi, .wz, .exe

Zoo archive

Not only is it near universal in compatibility, but the developer, found at LegRoom.net, thought it fit that it support 41 languages; calling it internationalization. Like any true open source classic, contributions run both ways, and here various translators have written language pack add-ons for it, and various source codes have been openly credited by the developer - with complete lists of both found here, as well as the program’s own source and dev diary.

Here’s a look at what went through his mind when creating it:

“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.”


Not much needs to be said about the utility. It does what it does, extracts, fast. It provides all the context menu options you’d ever require, and thereby is there when you need it. Quite simply put, it deserves a promotion (with screenshots in the hall of fame).

You can download Universal Extractor v1.6.1 from here, and check out our other lifesaving Download of the Day software here.




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