Felix Tarcomnicu
Posted by Felix Tarcomnicu,

Are you trying to open an .IPA file and your Windows machine failed? Do you need to access and examine the files from an application located in your iOS backup or to recover some data from your favourite app? An IPA file is an iOS application encrypted with Apple's "Fairplay" DRM technology.

A file with an .IPA extension is an iOS executable which stores the files associated with iOS apps. These files are usually encrypted and can only be installed on iOS devices. An .ipa archive is very similar to .app files in OS X.

So is it possible to open an IPA file on a PC running Windows? The short answer is yes.

You can open any IPA file using the latest version of DMG Extractor. If you want to access data from a specific application, keep reading this article and we will show you how to open any file with a .IPA extension and get access to the files of your iOS applications.

How to open an IPA file

You probably noticed already that by double-clicking the IPA file on Windows, you get a dialog asking you to select the program you want to use to open the file. You can close this box, as there is no Windows program that can open the file, and the best alternative is the one we are going to show below.

Open IPA files in Windows

To extract the files from an IPA file on Windows, you have to download DMG Extractor and install our free application. To enable all features and remove the 5 files limitation, you are required to register by purchasing the Home Edition. Follow the instructions received by email and activate your license.

With DMG Extractor installed and activated you can double click your IPA file and it will automatically be loaded in DMG Extractor.

To manually upload an IPA file follow these steps:

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

What made us add IPA support to DMG Extractor

After Apple's iOS 8 announcement, we received feedback from our DMG Extractor users, and many have asked us to provide support for IPA file extraction. We are very happy to announce that with DMG Extractor 1.3.15 you can now extract any IPA, ZIP or DMG file.

If you are a developer running Windows you will most certainly be interested in an effective tool to help you extract IPA files. That's where the new DMG Extractor comes in handy and helps you open and extract the files from any file with a .IPA extension.