File Extension Library

.IPSW File Extension

  • Developer by: Apple
  • Category: Misc Files
  • Format: Zip

What are .IPSW files and how to open them?

Can't open .IPSW file? Are you wondering what it contains? On our site we will explain to you what this file is, what it is used for and what software opens the .IPSW file.

What is a .IPSW file extension?

.IPSW file extension is created by Apple. .IPSW has been classified as Misc Files. The format of .IPSW file is Zip.

.IPSW is iPod and iPhone Software Update File

Contains data used by Apple iTunes for software restores and minor updates to the iPhone and iPod Touch; can be deleted if corrupted, which will allow iTunes to download a new copy of the software update.

iPhone IPSW files are located in the following locations:

Mac OS X: [user]/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates/

Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates\

Windows Vista and 7: [user]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates\

For iPod updates, replace "iPhone" with "iPod" in the directory locations above.

IPSW are created in the .ZIP format. Therefore, you can unzip them using any Zip decompression utility. The archive includes encrypted .DMG files, one of which stores the file system contents. This file can be decrypted using tools such as VFDecrypt, iDecrypt, and iDecryptIt.

List of all softwares that can open the iPod and iPhone Software Update File
Apple iTunes
iPhone Dev Team redsn0w
Apple iTunes
iPhone Dev Team PwnageTool
iPhone Dev Team redsn0w

How to fix problems with .IPSW files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .IPSW files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .IPSW file format
  2. You need to check the .IPSW file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)