A file with the IPA extension is an application file for the iOS operating system.
This type of file, IPA, works as a compressed ZIP-type container to store the various data that make up an application for iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Typically an IPA file is used for games, utilities, weather, social media, news, and others.
The structure of an IPA file is the same for all applications, that is, for example, an iTunesArtwork file is a PNG file that is used as the application icon, the Payload folder contains all the application data, and the information About the developer and the application are stored in the file called iTunesMetadata.plist.
iTunes stores IPA files on your computer after you have downloaded applications through iTunes, as well as after iTunes backs up your iOS device.
IPA files are used by Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.
These IPA files are downloaded through the App Store or iTunes, depending on whether you do it from a Mobile or from a PC.
When iTunes is used to download IPA files to a computer, the files are saved in this specific location so that the iOS device can access them the next time it syncs with iTunes.
It is important to note that while IPA files contain an iOS application, you cannot use iTunes to open the application on your computer.
They are only used by iTunes for backup purposes and so that the device can understand which applications you have already purchased / downloaded.
Typical IPA application file locations:
- C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe /open "%L"
- "C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /open "%L"
Typical IPA mime types:
Frequently used application names to open IPA files:
Frequently associated Windows objects:
If you downloaded a IPA file on Android device you can open it by following steps below:
To open IPA File on iOS device follow steps below:
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