Files with ipa extension can be often found as app packages downloaded from Apple iTunes app store. Used to manually install apps.

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IPA file extension - Apple iOS application

What is ipa file? How to open ipa files?

File extension ipa is associated with the iOS operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices from Apple, Inc. and uses for app packages.

iOS applications can be installed to device via App Store integrated to Apple iOS, or via iTunes and computer with cable connected device.

You can also set the app synchronization in your iOS device that means what you downloaded in iTunes on computer, will be automatically downloaded to your device.

The ipa file is basically a ZIP archive that contains:

  • META-INF folder
  • Payload folder
  • various *.plist files
  • app container with application and its related data as graphics, settings, media files, etc.

The Apple iOS applications are written in Xcode integrated development environment for OS X (macOS) operating system used by Mac computers.

iTunes stores IPA files in /Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications/ subfolder.

Updated: November 9, 2023

The default software associated to open ipa file:

Apple iOS icon

Apple, Inc. logoApple iOS  Apple iOS software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

Apple iOS is the latest version of iOS operating system for Apple mobile platform devices such as Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. iOS is based on XNU hybrid kernel from Mac OS X (macOS).

iOS contains multi-touch interface (also known as SpringBoard GUI), and various default apps, such as Phone, Mail, Safari, Music, Videos, Messages, Photos, Camera, FaceTime, Maps, Weather, Notes, etc. Other apps are available in App Store.

App Store icon

Apple, Inc. logoApp Store  Apple iOS software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

App Store is default digital distribution platform included in Apple iOS operating system used to purchase apps developed with Apple iOS SDK. It contains about 2,000,000+ apps. It is available in iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Help how to open:

The *.ipa file stores app installation for Apple iPhone, its not meant to be opened directly. However its a ZIP file and therefore can be opened as any other archive.

How to convert:

There is no way or easy way how to convert the IPA iPhone application file in to other file format like Android .apk, but you can rename the IPA file extension on ZIP file extension and open the ZIP file in compression utilities such as WinZip or WinRAR.

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File identification strings:

HEX code: 50 4B 03 04
ASCII code: PK

List of software applications associated to the .ipa file extension

Recommended software programs are sorted by OS platform (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android etc.)
and possible program actions that can be done with the file: like open ipa file, edit ipa file, convert ipa file, view ipa file, play ipa file etc. (if exist software for corresponding action in's database).

Click on the tab below to simply browse between the application actions, to quickly get a list of recommended software, which is able to perform the specified software action, such as opening, editing or converting ipa files.

Software that open ipa file - Apple iOS application

Programs supporting the exension ipa on the main platforms Windows, Mac, Linux or mobile. Click on the link to get more information about listed programs for open ipa file action.

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