IPS File - opening and understanding

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

What is an IPS file?

IPS is an acronym for Internal Patching System. Files that contain the .ips file extension usually store patch updates for ROM image game files.

The IPS files that are used by computer gaming applications may contain the models, graphics and other details that are used to update a variety of computer gaming applications. These provide users with updated and "fresh" game play experiences.

The Nintendo SNES emulator ZNES is one of the software applications that uses the IPS file format for update patches.

The IPS file format is normally only used for small game patches that contain 16MB of data or less.

How to open IPS 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 IPS for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension IPS

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

Various viewers for this file format

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 ApplicationSMART Ideas ApplicationUser submitted
DaisyPictureARTISTDaisyPictureARTISTUser submitted
Imagelys Picture StylesImagelys Picture StylesUser submitted
Internet Pictures Corp. iPIX ViewerInternet Pictures Corp. iPIX ViewerUser submitted
ProjectWise InterPlot OrganizerProjectWise InterPlot OrganizerUser submitted
MicroStation PDF ComposerMicroStation PDF ComposerUser submitted
DaisypixDaisypixUser submitted
IPSwitcherIPSwitcherUser submitted
InterPlot ProfessionalInterPlot ProfessionalUser submitted
Kega FusionKega FusionUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with IPS-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 IPS-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!