How to open an IPA file on Windows

Aidan Fitzpatrick

by Aidan Fitzpatrick

Updated

Are you trying to open an .IPA file on your Windows machine? iOS apps are stored in IPA files, which are similar to .app files from macOS, but can only be installed on iOS devices. It's possible to open these files and explore their contents on Windows using DMG Extractor, as they use the common Zip format, despite their unusual file extension.

You probably noticed already that 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.

To manually open an IPA file follow these steps:

  1. Click the "Open" button on the top-left menu or simply drag and drop your file.
  2. From the top menu, click on "Extract" and choose to extract all files.
  3. Choose the destination folder for the extraction.
  4. Your IPA file should be successfully extracted, and you can find them in the pop-up folder.

Alternatively, if you're happy changing your Windows configuration and modifying the IPA file, there's another approach:

  1. Open Control PanelAppearance and PersonalisationFolder OptionsViewAdvanced and ensure that "Hide extensions for known file types" isn't ticked.
  2. Rename the file to have a ZIP extension
  3. Double-click it and view it with your regular Zip viewer

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