What is an IPSW and where can i find it?

What is an IPSW and where can i find it?

Postby karina25 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:45 am

Hi. I'm trying to jail break my iphone and i can not find the IPSW that snowbreeze is asking for. Help please??
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What is an IPSW and where can i find it?

Postby cook19 » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:55 am

IPSW = iPhone Soft Ware or iPod Soft Ware.

What it is:

Contains data used by Apple iTunes for software restores and minor updates to the iPhone and iPod Touch; can be deleted if corrupted, which will allow iTunes to purchase a new copy of the software update.

iPhone IPSW files are located in the following locations:

Mac OS X: [user]/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates/

Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates\

Windows Vista and 7: [user]\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates\

For iPod updates, replace "iPhone" with "iPod" in the directory locations above.

IPSW are created in the .ZIP format. Therefore, you can unzip them using any Zip decompression utility. The archive includes encrypted .DMG files, one of which stores the file system contents. This file can be decrypted using tools such as VFDecrypt, iDecrypt, and iDecryptIt.

On a PC

Using XP or Vista. you need to open "My Computer"

XP - go to the top menu and slect options > Folder Options

Vista - Top left button that says Organize > Folder and Search Options

In that window you need to click the " VIEW " tab on top.



Then unclick the option to " hide protected operating system files "

Once that's done click "apply" then ok and exit out of the window.

then go to this dir

users > "USERNAME" > appdata > roaming > apple computer > itunes >

and the folder holding the purchase file will be there

On a MAC

~/Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates/
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