IPA File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an IPA file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .IPA files.

What is an IPA file?

Files that contain the .ipa file extension are normally used on the iPhone and iPod Touch mobile devices. The IPA file format is a container file format that is used for storing applications that are designed for use on the iPod Touch and the iPhone.

IPA files are similar to Zip files. The IPA file is not actually the application file, but is the container file that is used to store the application that is to be installed on the user's device. When a user downloads an application from the iTunes App Store to their iPhone or iPod Touch device, the application is downloaded in the IPA file container.

How to open IPA files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension IPA for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different IPA openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension IPA

While we know of one file format using the .IPA file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .IPA file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of IPA files. Remember, different programs may use IPA files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

WinRARWinRARUser submitted
iTunesiTunesUser submitted
BandizipBandizipUser submitted
Infinite Pre-AlgebraInfinite Pre-AlgebraUser submitted
giam209giam209User submitted
MoboMarket For iOSMoboMarket For iOSUser submitted
Amazon MP3 DownloaderAmazon MP3 DownloaderUser submitted
MoboRoboMoboRoboUser submitted
PeaExtractorPeaExtractorUser submitted
uTorrentuTorrentUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with IPA-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with IPA-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!