PKG File - opening and understanding

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

What is a PKG file?

Files that contain the .pkg file extension are most commonly used by the Apple OS X operating system. The Apple PKG files usually contain installer scripts that are used by a variety of Mac programs for software installation purposes. The PKG files contain compressed installer files that are used to install Mac software applications onto a user's hard drive.

Oftentimes PKG files will also be used to update NeXT installer packages. The PKG file format was developed to help software designers create uniform installer applications. This file format allows for the seamless and easy installation of software applications and software updates.

How to open PKG 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 PKG for different purposes.

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

Suggest another file format using extension PKG

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

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of PKG files. Remember, different programs may use PKG 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 software that we know for certain will work with PKG-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 PKG-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!