IPK File - opening and understanding

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

What is an IPK file?

The .ipk file extension is most commonly associated with the Debian software installation packages. The IPK files contain compressed file archives that are derived from DEB files. These files are used to install software on hand-held devices.

The .ipk file extension is also used for Internet package files, Nintendo DS packed image files, NRG iPack files, Sharp Zaurus PDA application install files and Palm WebOS files.

How to open IPK 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 IPK for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 9 different IPK openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension IPK

While we know of one file format using the .IPK 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 .IPK file.

Various viewers for this file format

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

PowerArchiverPowerArchiverUser submitted
FileNet Desktop eFormsFileNet Desktop eFormsUser submitted
InformedInformedUser submitted
Symphonie Data RetrieverSymphonie Data RetrieverUser submitted
Ashampoo ZIP ProAshampoo ZIP ProUser submitted
Panagon eFormsPanagon eFormsUser submitted
IBM Desktop eFormsIBM Desktop eFormsUser submitted
Reason/Ads packs builder for IceOpReason/Ads packs builder for IceOpUser submitted
Ashampoo ZIP FreeAshampoo ZIP FreeUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with IPK-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 IPK-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!