What are IPSW files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening an IPSW 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 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
Important: Different programs may use files with the IPSW file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your IPSW 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 IPSW openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: December 18, 2022
Various apps that use files with this extension
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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