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.ipa File Extension

Developer: Apple
File type: iOS Application File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .ipa. Files with the file extension .ipa can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .ipa files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .ipa file?

An iOS application file is implemented with encoding specifications proprietary to Apple, and these encoding standards were developed for the executable file format of programs developed for certain Apple products. Stored in the IPA format and appended with the .ifa extension, these iOS application files can be initialized to start the application associated to the iOS program file. Apple products implemented with support for executing these IFA files and associated applications include the iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad devices. Programs that can be developed with an IFA executable file may include video games, finance-related software, news parsers and educational applications among a wide variety of utility tools. These IFA files can only run on a supported Apple device. Many file compression and decompression tools can be used to decompress the content of these IFA files. The Apple iTunes software has a version for Microsoft Windows-based systems. This program can be used to download these IFA files and to later transfer and run them in compatible Apple devices.

how to open a .ipa file?

Launch a .ipa file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .ipa file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .ipa files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .ipa file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .ipa file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .ipa file association errors

applications that open a .ipa file

Apple iTunes

Apple iTunes

Apple iTunes is a software categorized as a media player computer application for playing, downloading, organizing and saving various files, which are digital audios and videos. There is also a feature that enables content managements from iPod models, iPad Touch, iPhone, and iPad. This software can be connected to iTunes Store so a user can download or buy music, videos, audio books, ringtones or even games for iPod in just a click of a button. In fact, it allows the download of various applications via the App Store for some Apple devices, which are iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. The downside of this is that it does not enable music transfer from one device to another unit. This program is compatible for Apple’s Mac OS X version 10.6.8 and other later versions, but also works for current Windows OS such as Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista, then for the upcoming Windows 8.
Apple iTunes + iPod

Apple iTunes + iPod

Apple iTunes + iPod is a combination software that has the features of iPod and iTunes, which are both integrated on most Apple devices, such as iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The iPod is a media player which can be taken from any of the models, namely iPod Classic, iPod Touch, iPod Nano, and iPod Shuffle. This plays audios and videos as well as images since it has a storage capacity from 2GB to 160GB. iTunes, on the other hand, is a media player software for computer but also compatible for mobile devices. Its main function is to download, play, save and organize files from audios to videos and images to applications. There are many apps that you can download on iPods via iTunes, so these two particular Apple software products should really be integrated together for a more fun experience of music playing, video watching, image sharing and others.
Apple iPod

Apple iPod

Apple iPod is a series of media players that is made in a compact, sleek design. Its main function is to provide audios and videos of any files supported by the software installed on it. The line of media players under this category are iPod classic, iPod touch, the iPod Nano, and the iPod shuffle. iPods are also used as external data storage units for images, audios and video clips. The iPod classic is able to store data through the internal hard drive, while the rest of the iPod models rely on flash memory. In terms of storage capacity, it varies from 2GB to 160GB. As years progressed, all models were redesigned and updated with new features, tools and applications. The user interface of most iPod models is in color display that is designed with text, graphics and sliding animations. There are also five buttons built in on some iPods, which major functions are to play, pause and select which next or previous track to be played.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .ipa files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .ipa. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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