How to open 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 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.

IPSW file openers, viewers, etc.

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.

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We have not verified any online services that we know for certain can work with IPSW-files. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!