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.IPSW File Extension

File TypeiPod and iPhone Software Update File

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This file is saved in a zipped format. You can view the contents by unzipping it with a file decompression program.

What is a IPSW 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.

More Information

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.

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Programs that open IPSW files
Apple iTunes
iPhone Dev Team redsn0w
Apple iTunes
iPhone Dev Team PwnageTool
iPhone Dev Team redsn0w
Updated 6/20/2011

.IPSW Extension Information

This page contains information about the file extension IPSW and its known file associations. Our goal is to help you understand what a *.ipsw file is and how to open it.

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