The File Extensions Database


.SPARSIMAGE File Extension

  • Developer by: Apple, Inc.
  • Category: Disk image (ISO) binary Files

What is an .SPARSIMAGE file?

.SPARSIMAGE is Mac OS X image

The SPARSIMAGE file extension is used for so called sparse images in Mac OS X operating system. These files are created by the Disk Utility.

Unlike a full DMG image, which takes up as much actual space as the real disk it represents (regardless of the amount of unused space), a SPARSEIMAGE takes up only as much actual disk space as the data contained within, up to a maximum of the capacity assigned during creating


How to open:

You can work with these files in Apple Mac OS X Disk Utility.

How to convert:

As far as we know, this .sparsimage file type can't be converted to any other file format. This is usually the case of system, configuration, temporary, or data files containing data exclusive to only one software and used for its own purposes. Also some proprietary or closed file formats cannot be converted to more common file types in order to protect the intellectual property of the developer, which is for example the case of some DRM-protected multimedia files.

How to solve problems with SPARSIMAGE files

  • Associate the SPARSIMAGE file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any SPARSIMAGE file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.SPARSIMAGE files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the SPARSIMAGE file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .SPARSIMAGE is Mac OS X image. Because only the current version supports the latest SPARSIMAGE file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Apple, Inc. manufacturer website after an available .SPARSIMAGE is Mac OS X image update.
  • To make sure that your SPARSIMAGE file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.