Cómo abrir un archivo IPA en Windows

Aidan Fitzpatrick

By Aidan Fitzpatrick


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What is an IPA file?

IPA is the file format used for iOS apps that run on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices. The name stands for "iOS app package". IPA files are equivalent to the ".app" app bundles that macOS uses. They use the common Zip format, despite their unusual file extension.

What is inside an IPA file?

A valid IPA file must always contain a top-level Payload folder, and -- if it is designed for distribution via the App Store -- it will also have some iTunesMetadata files. Here's an example of the IPA for iBooks 3.2, abbreviated to show the main structure:

$ unzip -l iBooks\ 3.2.ipa
Archive:  iBooks 3.2.ipa
  Length      Date    Time    Name
---------  ---------- -----   ----
        0  06-18-2014 10:43   Payload/iBooks.app/
 22732944  11-13-2013 13:11   Payload/iBooks.app/iBooks
     3978  11-07-2013 17:43   Payload/iBooks.app/Info.plist
        0  06-18-2014 10:42   Payload/iBooks.app/_CodeSignature/
    70449  11-13-2013 13:11   Payload/iBooks.app/_CodeSignature/CodeResources
       8  11-07-2013 17:43   Payload/iBooks.app/PkgInfo
        0  06-18-2014 10:43   Payload/iBooks.app/SC_Info/
        0  06-18-2014 10:42   Payload/iBooks.app/Settings.bundle/
    25226  11-07-2013 17:44   iTunesArtwork
     1883  06-18-2014 10:43   iTunesMetadata.plist

In the example above, the file Payload/iBooks.app/iBooks is the application binary. iTunesArtwork is the app's icon, as shown in the App Store. And iTunesMetadata.plist is a dictionary of information with a collection of metadata about the app, with its name, author, release date, and so on.

Can I run an IPA on my computer?

It isn't possible to run an IPA file on a Windows PC, although it is possible to extract files on Windows. In some cases you can run an IPA on macOS, but most often not.

IPA files contain binaries that are specific to iOS. They may be built for 32-bit iOS devices (ie. iPhone 5c and below), or for the newer 64-bit devices released since. iOS devices use the ARM architecture, whereas your Windows PC or Mac likely uses x86. This means that without a specific embedded x86 binary, your computer won't be able to run an iOS app.

If an IPA has been built to debug on a Mac, it may contain an x86 binary. If so, it's likely it can be run using the iPhone Simulator included with Xcode on a Mac. The iPhone Simulator is bundled with Xcode, which can be installed for free from the App Store on all Macs.

How can I open an IPA file on Windows?

Double-clicking an IPA file on Windows leads to a window asking you to select the program you want to use to open the file. To extract the files from an IPA on Windows, you'll need to download DMG Extractor and install it. With DMG Extractor installed, you can double-click your IPA file and it will automatically be loaded in DMG Extractor.

Para abrir manualmente un archivo IPA siga estos pasos:

  1. Haga clic en el botón "Abrir" en el menú superior izquierda o simplemente arrastre y suelte su archivo.
  2. En el menú superior, haga clic en "Extraer" y elija extraer todos los archivos.
  3. Elija la carpeta de destino para la extracción.
  4. Su archivo IPA se debe extraer con éxito, y puede encontrarlos en la carpeta emergente.

Alternativamente, si está contento cambiando su configuración de Windows y modificando el archivo IPA , hay otro enfoque:

  1. Abra Control PanelAppearance and PersonalisationFolder OptionsViewAdvanced y asegúrese de que "Ocultar extensiones para tipos de archivo conocidos" no esté marcado.
  2. Renombra el archivo para tener una extensión ZIP
  3. Haga doble clic en él y véalo con su visor Zip normal

About the author

Aidan Fitzpatrick founded Reincubate in 2008 after building the world's first iPhone data recovery tool, iPhone Backup Extractor. He's spoken at Google on entrepreneurship, and is a graduate of the Entrepreneurs' Organisation's Leadership Academy.

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