Pacifist is a popular file extractor for macOS that lets users view and extract multiple file formats, including PKG, DMG, XAR, and TAR. The app recently received a major update with Pacifist 4.0, which brings Apple Silicon support, Swift 5 code, a redesigned interface, and more.

According to the developers, Pacifist has been completely rewritten from scratch to become faster and more powerful. The app is now based on the Swift 5 language, and it also runs natively on the Apple Silicon platform, which means that Pacifist now takes full advantage of the M1, M1 Pro, and M1 Max chips.

The interface has been redesigned with a more modern look, while the app has also received even more advanced tools such as command-line interface, support for Asset Catalog and Mac OS 9 Installation Tome files, and browser extension compatible with Chrome and Firefox.

You can check out the full changelog below:

  • Completely rewritten in Swift 5
  • Optimized for Apple Silicon
  • Redesigned, modernized UI
  • Full support for modern versions of macOS
  • Added command-line interface
  • Added browser plug-ins for Chrome and Firefox
  • Expanded support for analyzing existing installations, beyond simply kernel extensions
  • Support for Asset Catalog files
  • Support for Mac OS 9 Installation Tome files
  • Fixed some bugs that could cause certain packages not to open properly
  • Fixed a bug that caused crashes on some users’ machines
  • Fixed a bug that caused the browser plugins and/or the command-line tool not to install properly in some situations
  • Improved the appearance of the splash screen on non-Retina screens
  • Verify phase now correctly checks checksums for all file types, including symbolic links and Mach-O binary files
  • Added Preferences option to change the default setting of the “Use Administrator Privileges” check box
  • Added Preferences option to disable automatic opening in the Finder after extraction
  • Numerous performance optimizations

Pacifist 4 is free to try, while the full license costs $20. The app requires a Mac computer running macOS Yosemite 10.10.3 or later and is fully compatible with macOS Monterey as well. You can download it from the developer’s website.

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