Unpack Monitor, Automatically Extract Archives

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 14, 2011
Updated • Nov 28, 2012
Software, Windows software

Three days ago I reviewed AutoWinRarZip, a software for Windows PCs that monitors and extract archives on systems automatically. The program's monitoring and auto-extraction was limited to rar and zip files though.

Unpack Monitor on first glance offers a similar feature set. The program can monitor one or multiple folders on a computer system. Archives that are moved or copied into those folders are automatically extracted based on the application's rule set.

Unlike the previously reviewed software though, it supports additional formats like 7z, ISO and HJ splitted files.

New directories are added via the Add Directory button in the main interface. This opens a folder browser where the directory can be selected. Once that is done the monitoring configuration window opens where the monitoring and extracting can be configured.

Here it is possible to select a different unpack folder, the scan interval and unpack options. Unpack options range from permanently deleting archives after unpacking to scanning subfolders and launching third party programs. It is furthermore possible to monitor only specific archive types in the folder.

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Some Windows users may need to run the program with elevated privileges. If they do not, they won't see the monitored directories in the program interface. Unpack Monitor displays information about all directories that are monitored in the main program window.

This includes the directory that is monitored, the status and scan interval. The status bar highlights current unpacking jobs. The program supports the use of a default password list, which can be handy to auto-extract password protected archives on the system. Another helpful feature is the ability to stop extracting more files if the hard drive space on the destination drive falls below 1 Gigabyte.

You can minimize the program to the system tray after the initial configuration. The program will continue to monitor and extract archives based on that configuration.

Unpack Monitor is a portable program for Windows users who want to automate their file extraction tasks. The program is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows operating system. It can be downloaded along with the program source code from the developer website. (via)


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  1. Roman ShaRP said on September 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Oh, it was a stupid question. Found a number of solution by googling “extract archive, list of passwords”, will try them.

    Darn, why this query string didn’t come to my mind earlier?

  2. Roman ShaRP said on September 14, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Btw, do you know any program which can store a list of passwords for downloaded archives and try to unpack them with passwords from lists?

    Some sites I use to encrypt passwords with their domain name, and I’m wasting time trying passwords (there are up to 4 variations for archives from one site).

    List is fixed, so bruteforce istn’t needed, just a fixed list.

    1. Lord Dinirex said on October 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm


      Unpack Monitor tries to find the password in the file “password.txt” if the password is added in the list, it will try until it finds it. If you haven’t provided the correct password in the password file, it checks the database for the password, and If another user at some point has unpacked the same file, it’ll get the correct password from the database :)

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