File Extension Library

.XIP File Extension

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

What is an .XIP file?

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

.XIP is macOS Signed Archive

An XIP file is a .XAR archive that contains one or more files compressed or "zipped" using GNU Zip (gzip) compression that have been digitally signed. It also includes metadata such as certificates and the date and time the archive was created and modified.

XIP files are similar to .ZIP and .GZIP files but are digitally signed in order to verify that the contents have not been modified since the creator saved the file. This helps secure the file from any unwanted tampering and disk errors.

The XIP file is commonly used as a secure solution for delivering Xcode downloads. In the past, Xcode downloads have been tampered with in order to install malicious code into user's applications.

List of all softwares that can open the macOS Signed Archive
Apple Archive Utility

How to Open .XIP file on different platforms

Open .XIP File on Windows

  • Right-click a .XIP
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .XIP file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .XIP files" Press "Ok"

Open .XIP File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .XIP file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .XIP File on Linux

Right click on the .XIP file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .XIP File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .XIP file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .XIP File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .XIP files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .XIP files

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