Internal Patching System Patch File
3.5 | 42 Votes
What is an IPS file?
Patch (or update) for a common game ROM that can contain graphics, models, and other data; used mainly for small patches less than 16MB in size; can be modified and applied to games using various IPS software utilities.
Programs that open IPS files
iOS Analytics Data
3.5 | 4 Votes
An IPS file may also be an analytics data file created by an iOS device, such as an iPhone or iPad. It contains diagnostic and usage data recorded by an app or service. Developers and other advanced users can use IPS files to troubleshoot issues with apps or services.
The data that IPS files contain is formatted using JSON. Often, this data describes a bug or crash you encountered while using an iOS app or service. For this reason, you'll often see the strings "bug_type" or "crashReporterKey" included in IPS files.
How to view your iDevice's IPS files
While most users will never need to review their IPS files, you can access and view them by opening Settings and selecting:
Privacy & Security → Analytics & Improvements → Analytics Data
This will bring up a list of the IPS files stored on your device, which you can then open and view.
How to stop sharing IPS files with Apple
By default, iDevices share the IPS files they create with Apple. If you want to stop sharing IPS files with Apple:
- Open Settings on your iDevice.
- Select Privacy & Security → Analytics & Improvements.
- Disable the Share Analytics setting.
How to open an IPS file
You can open IPS files in Apple Files (iOS) or any text editor, to view the analytics data they contain. Additionally, some digital forensics programs, such as iMazing (Windows, Mac) and MobilEDIT Forensic Express (Windows), allow users to view IPS files contained within an iOS device's data and add them to digital forensics reports.
Programs that open or reference IPS files
PlayStation 2 In-Game Video
1.0 | 1 Vote
Most notably, PlayStation 2 entries in the Megami Tensei role-playing game franchise include IPS files. However, the IPS format is not proprietary, so several developers included IPS videos in their PS2 games. For example, the game Wipeout Fusion also includes IPS files. (Some of these IPS files might be formatted slightly differently from each other.)
How to convert an IPS file
You can use IPUDecoder (multiplatform) to convert IPS files to the .M2V (MPEG-2 Video) format. Alternatively, you can use QuickBMS (Windows) and an associated IPS Demux script to convert an IPS file into an .IPU video file and a .WAV audio file. Note that the IPS Demux script might not work on all IPS files.