A file with the IPSW file extension is a software update file for Apple devices that is used with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Apple TV devices.
IPSW is a file format that stores encrypted DMG files and several others such as PLISTs, BBFWs and IM4Ps, therefore it should be considered as a multipurpose container.
IPSW files are released from Apple and are intended to add new features and fix security vulnerabilities on supported devices.
Given its characteristics, an IPSW file can also be used to restore an Apple device to its factory default settings.
Although Apple always releases new IPSW files through iTunes, current and outdated firmware versions can also be downloaded through websites such as IPSW Downloads.
When an Apple compatible device connected to a computer requires an update, an IPSW file can be automatically downloaded through iTunes after accepting a request to update the device.
In this case, iTunes will apply the IPSW file to the device.
Typical IPSW application file locations:
- C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe /open "%L"
- "C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /open "%L"
Typical IPSW mime types:
Frequently used application names to open IPSW files:
Frequently associated Windows objects:
If you downloaded a IPSW file on Android device you can open it by following steps below:
To open IPSW File on iOS device follow steps below:
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