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.XIP File Extension

File TypemacOS Signed Archive

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What is a XIP file?

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.

More Information

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.

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Updated 6/12/2017

About XIP Files

Our goal is to help you understand what a file with a *.xip suffix is and how to open it.

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