Opening IPSW files

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

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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