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Unzip a Windows self-extracting .exe zip file System
Sometimes you encounter a file on the Net which is compressed as a self-extracting zip-file for Windows only. Its file extension is ".exe". But you HAVE to have its contents, and you just can't open that .exe file! For instance, a PDF manual from Canon's site -- they tell you to open it with Acrobat, but they made it an exe, saving just 0.2 MB.

Well, there is a "dirty" way to open it. Just rename the file extension to ".zip" (and confirm the dialog), and open it with Stuffit Expander. It doesn't work with Panther's built-in zip-extractor (BOMArchiveHelper) -- so don't double-click the file, but choose "Open with > Stuffit Expander" from the contextual menu (control-click on the file). I tested this with Stuffit Expander 7.0.3, but my guess is that you can use almost any version...

You can also use the command-line utility unzip in Terminal -- in that case, you don't even have to rename the file. A simple unzip thisfile.exe is enough to get things going. I believe this command comes with Panther, but I'm not sure. Either way, you can obtain it from the Fink package called "zip."
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Unzip a Windows self-extracting .exe zip file
Authored by: lewsmind on Dec 28, '04 10:37:26AM

Thanks for the hint. After hearing it, I can't believe I didn't think of it, but I didn't. I just gave up after seeing those darn .exe extensions. Thanks again.



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Unzip a Windows self-extracting .exe zip file
Authored by: dg37mosxh on Dec 28, '04 10:55:00AM

My company issues manuals in the form of self-extracting .exe files for Windows machines.

But I find that I can just drop the .exe file on Stuffit Expander and have it extract the files without have to change the extension to .zip.



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Unzip a Windows self-extracting .exe zip file
Authored by: Anonymous on Dec 28, '04 10:56:35AM
Info-ZIP unzip and zip ship with the OS, and appear to be at v5.20. /sw/bin/unzip is at version 5.50.

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Unzip a Windows self-extracting .exe zip file
Authored by: TheSpoonman on Dec 28, '04 11:44:03AM

/sw/bin/unzip indicates you installed it with Fink. Fink installs all of its software into /sw.

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Unzip a Windows self-extracting .exe zip file
Authored by: Anonymous on Jan 03, '05 10:16:36AM
/sw/bin/unzip indicates you installed it with Fink. Fink installs all of its software into /sw.

Not necessarily. The existence of /sw/bin/unzip only suggests it belongs to Fink. In this case, Fink appears to require unzip as part of the base install. I did not explicitly install unzip from Fink.

This is why I specified the two versions: zip and unzip is installed with the OS and are located in the usual places. Fink will place an additional unzip (only) in it's root.

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Unzip a Windows self-extracting .exe zip file
Authored by: gshenaut on Dec 28, '04 01:04:57PM

What would happen if stuffit were made the "default app" for files with the .exe & .EXE suffix?

On my system, they are set to Radnor (which I installed to test, but don't actually use), which brings up a related point: if you had a dos version of unzip on your system, and if the default app for .exe was Radnor, then wouldn't dosbox start & self-extract the file?

Greg Shenaut



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Unzip a Windows self-extracting .exe zip file
Authored by: peragrin on Dec 28, '04 01:11:05PM

Remember not all .exe's are zip files.

Some windows downloads are basically a small unzip utility, and a zip archive. But some other installers don't unzip and are compressed in other fashions.

Otherwise this is a great thing to keep in the back of your mind.

So Remember if it fails it may not be stuffit's fault, but it might really be a program excutable.

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Unzip a Windows self-extracting .exe zip file
Authored by: Darklon on Dec 28, '04 06:27:57PM

I also never thought of this. I tried the drag and drop method and it just didn't do anything, and deluxe just said "what the heck am I supposed to do with this???" I tried it on some files that caused deluxe to hiccup previously and they extracted no problem. BIG thanks.

The .exe's you are referring to are self extracting zip archives. Just a .zip with a code stub of winzip (or another util) attached so it can extract the files from the .zip archive. It's basically the equivalent of using stuffit to create a self extracting archive in case someone doesn't have stuffit installed on their mac.

Though I doubt there's any mac user anywhere who doesn't have at least one copy of stuffit expander installed on some drive somewhere. :-)

The other.exes are probably just plain old applications, and all sorts of weirdness can happen with those. They really should use some other extension for self extracting .zip archives to help us cut down on the confusion. ;-)



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Unzip a Windows self-extracting .exe zip file
Authored by: las_vegas on Dec 28, '04 05:59:58PM

You could also just drag the exe file to Expander.



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Unzip a Windows self-extracting .exe zip file
Authored by: BMarsh on Dec 29, '04 04:35:03AM

just verifying this comment, many of these ".exe" files that are compressed, don't need to be renamed, you can just drag them onto stuffit expander and it will decompress.

(I've done this with some ethernet card drivers, downloaded before)



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Unzip a Windows self-extracting .exe zip file
Authored by: jubinal on Apr 01, '10 09:51:43AM

No one of these programs solves my problem: I tried Stuffit, The Unarchiver.app and some more...
Always: this program can not open 'setup.exe' Curios: It is Painter for Mac X ! But I got that bloody 'setup.exe' file in that download.



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