Files with the sparseimage file extension can be found as special disk images created using the Apple Mac OS X Disk Utility. Similar file format to DMG format.

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SPARSEIMAGE file extension - Apple Mac OS X sparse disk image

What is sparseimage file? How to open sparseimage files?

File type specification:

Backup file type icon Backup file type

Disk image (ISO) binary file type icon Disk image (ISO) binary file type

sparseimage file icon: sparseimage filetype icon

The sparseimage file extension is associated with Mac OS X Disk Utility.

These sparseimage files are disk images created with the application.

The sparseimage images are very similar to DMG disk images, but their size is limited to the actual size of the data in them.

Encrypted sparseimage files are used by FileVault, a data protection app from OS X.

From OS X 10.7. Lion FileVault uses encrypted sparsebundle files.

This sparseimage file type entry was marked as obsolete and no longer supported file format.

This type of file is no longer actively used and is most likely obsolete. This is typically the case for system files in old operating systems, file types from long discontinued software, or previous versions of certain file types (like documents, projects etc.) that were replaced in higher versions of their original programs.

The default software associated to open sparseimage file:

Apple Disk Utility icon

Apple, Inc. logoApple Disk Utility  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

A disk utility distributed with Mac OS X / macOS operating system, Apple Disk Utility offers tool for configuration and format of new disk partitions, mount disk images, create, burn, or convert disk images.

Mac OS X icon

Apple, Inc. logoMac OS X  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Apple, Inc.

OS X or Mac OS X is Unix-based operating system developed by Apple Inc. for Macintosh computers. It contains basic core applications for everyday use, such as Finder basic file manager, Safari for Internet browsing, QuickTime for video, iTunes for managing audio data and iPod, iOS devices management , iMessage instant messaging, Mail, Contacts, Calendar and many more.

The latest version 10.11 of OS X is called El Capitan. It is available to purchase on Mac App Store as well as is distributed with new Mac computers and notebooks. It includes features to improve the security, performance, design and usability.

OS X operating system was replaced by new macOS in 2016!

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Help how to open:

Use Apple Mac OS X Disk Utility to open these *.sparseimage disk image files.

How to convert:

Using Apple Disk Utility it should be possible to expand the image back to ISO or DMG.

Find conversions from sparseimage file:

sparseimage to iso

List of software applications associated to the .sparseimage 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 sparseimage file, edit sparseimage file, convert sparseimage file, view sparseimage file, play sparseimage 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 sparseimage files.

Software that open sparseimage file - Apple Mac OS X sparse disk image

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

Microsoft Windows:

Apple macOS / Mac OS X:

Main software associated with sparseimage file by default:
Apple Disk Utility small icon Apple Disk Utility
Other suggested software:
DropDMG small icon DropDMG
Carbon Copy Cloner small icon Carbon Copy Cloner

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