IPSW File - opening and understanding

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

What is an IPSW file?

Files that contain the .ipsw file suffix normally hold update and restore information that is used by the Apple iTunes software application.

The information that is contained within the IPSW files is used by iTunes for iPhone and iPod updates and software restores. When a user downloads new music or restores information that has been lost by a device, the IPSW file will be used to update or restore the user's iPod or iPhone.

The IPSW file is actually a renamed zip archive. The data in the IPSW files is encrypted and can be installed using the Apple iTunes software.

How to open IPSW 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 IPSW for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension IPSW

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of IPSW files. Remember, different programs may use IPSW 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
giam209giam209User submitted
Amazon MP3 DownloaderAmazon MP3 DownloaderUser submitted
Adobe AcrobatAdobe AcrobatUser submitted
PeaExtractorPeaExtractorUser submitted
Ez-MailCheckerEz-MailCheckerUser submitted
LhaForge Ver.1.6.2LhaForge Ver.1.6.2User submitted
RayV-MIMRayV-MIMUser submitted
Xvid Video CodecXvid Video CodecUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with IPSW-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 IPSW-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!