What are IPS files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening an IPS file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.
What is an IPS file?
IPS files have multiple uses, and International Patching System Patch is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.
International Patching System Patch File
IPS is an acronym for International Patching System, a standard for providing patch updates for ROM image game files. The IPS files may contain the models, graphics, and other details that are used to update a variety of computer gaming applications.
The Nintendo SNES emulator ZNES is one software application that uses the IPS file format for update patches. The IPS file format is normally only used for small game patches.
How to open IPS files
Important: Different programs may use files with the IPS file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your IPS file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested ten different IPS openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: March 10, 2023
All known file formats using extension .IPS
While International Patching System Patch File is a popular type of IPS-file, we know of 4 different uses of the .IPS file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.
Apple Crash Report
We know that one IPS format is Apple Crash Report. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
Image Analyst MKII Pipeline File
We know that one IPS format is Image Analyst MKII Pipeline File. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
We know that one IPS format is IPS32 Patch. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of IPS files. Remember, different programs may use IPS files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.
|SMART Ideas Application||User submitted|
|Imagelys Picture Styles||User submitted|
|Internet Pictures Corp. iPIX Viewer||User submitted|
|ProjectWise InterPlot Organizer||User submitted|
|MicroStation PDF Composer||User submitted|
|InterPlot Professional||User submitted|
|ips XP||User submitted|
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