IPSW File Location for Mac and Windows

Dec 8, 2010 - 11 Comments

ipsw file location Anytime you update your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, you will get a new IPSW file that is downloaded to an iOS updates folder courtesy of iTunes. Knowing where these files are located can be helpful when troubleshooting and when accessing an IPSW for downgrade or jailbreak purposes.You can access these directly at the following locations:

IPSW location in Mac OS X

For Mac OS X, the location of your IPSW files may vary slightly depending on the iOS device in question, but they will be located in your home directory:


Once you are inside this folder, look for the device you are using to lead you to that devices IPSW download, for example an iPhone would store it’s iOS updates here:

~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates

Older versions of Mac OS X may store the data here: ~/Library/Application Support/iTunes/ in some variation of of iPod or iPhone firmware.

IPSW location in Windows

The exact location of IPSW files depends on the Windows version, username, and the iOS hardware you are using. For example here is the location for user ‘username’ with an iPhone:

  • Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates
  • Windows Vista & Windows 7: \Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates
  • Windows 8 & Windows 10: \Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\

With Windows 10 and Windows 8, look for the appropriate Software Update folder within that directory.

If you are a Windows 7 user looking for an iPod touch IPSW it would be located at:

C:/Users/username/AppData/Roaming/Apple Computer/iTunes/iPod Software Updates

You can look around in that iTunes directory if you have multiple iOS devices.

Where iOS IPSW files are located on Mac OS X

Where can I download IPSW files?

You can get new IPSW files directly from Apple, follow these links according to hardware and then select the iOS IPSW file you are looking for:

You’ll find links to each available iOS version as an IPSW file. These are all official versions of iOS firmware hosted by Apple on Apple servers.

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Posted by: Manish Patel in iPad, iPhone


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  1. irfan says:

    i find in win 10
    C:Userswin.10AppDataLocalPackagesAppleInc.iTunes_nzyj5cx40ttqaLocalCacheRoamingApple ComputeriTunesiPhone Software Updates

  2. mark says:

    As of this time of writing,

    IPSW location for Windows 10 1903
    C:\Users\ULTIM8\AppData\Local\Packages\AppleInc.iTunes_nzyj5cx40ttqa\LocalCache\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

  3. Obvious says:

    the ipsw on mac location is: 

~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates


    The easiest way to find the ipsw mac location is by going to make sure you have selected Finder in your dock (usually the icon on the far left of the dock) hold down the ALT key and select Go from the Menu and then select Library. You’ll notice that if you don’t hold down the Alt key, you won’t see the Library option.

  4. Apple says:

    I have windows eight
    So how do I download it

  5. hozefa says:

    very nice n useful post thnx

  6. Lefteros says:

    atv ipsw are inside ~/Library/iTunes/Apple TV Software Updates/ folder..

  7. jasper says:

    Hi i found mine in my trash on windows 7 if your jailbreaking with redsnow and you dont have your current ipsw file for you ipod go download it.

    hope I helped

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  9. RGent says:

    Mac: just don’t keep other IPSW files there as a storage place because SnowLeo will put them in the TRASH without letting you know.

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  11. Parakeet says:

    You’ll want this if a download corrupts or gets interrupted, you will need to clear it out before reinitiating the attempt from iTunes. Download direct works too.

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