Where does iTunes save .ipsw files?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by raymondu999, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2008
    Hi. I'm guilty of jailbreaking my iPhone over and over. Usually, I can get the iPhone update files to modify/jailbreak by choosing "Download only" whenever I wanna download, then Pwnage Tool does its thing and finds it. Now, where are these files saved? I can still see my old .ipsw files there, all the way to firmware 1.1.2. I have lost several gigs to these... Anyone know where I can find these? I've tried Spotlight, to no avail.
  2. macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Home Folder/Library/Application Support/iTunes/iPod Firmware
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 11, 2008
    Do you mean Home folder as Macintosh HD, or as my user folder? I can't find iTunes in any of the Application Support folders.
  4. macrumors 65816


    Mar 30, 2008
    New Jersey, USA
    ~username/Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates/
  5. macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2008
    What about on a PC?
  6. macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2004
    It's stored in:

    %Userprofile%\Application Data\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPhone Software Updates

    Easiest way is to click Start->Run and copy and paste.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2008

    I'm not sure if this is for all Vista makes or just the 64 bit versions, but here is where the files are saved for that:

    C:\Users\Your Account Name\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPod Software Updates


    %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\iTunes\iPod Software Updates

    Just thought I'd throw that in since this is a result in Google
  8. macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2008
    Wtf Library/itunes?

    Ummm....In my Library folder, theres no itunes. Im pissed and i cant find a .Ipsw file either for jailbreaking my itouch.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2009

    Replacing this file with another will not change what iTunes uses to restore your firmware. Apple seems to have closed off the ability to use alternate .ipsw files for "recovery".
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2009
    University of South Alabama
    I can no longer find the restore ipsw file in ~/Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates/
    Did apple nerf this or something? I want to jailbreak my iphone again, but I don't want to lose all of my settings and everything.
  11. macrumors regular


    Jul 12, 2008
    Melbourne, Australia
    Sorry to bring up an old thread... But...

    I'm having the same issue as Apocrathia.

    I'm on a Mac, I went to "Username/Library/Application Support/iTunes/" and there is only Plugins there.

    So... Does anyone have any idea??
  12. macrumors newbie


    Jun 12, 2009
    I found mine in:

    <User name>/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates

    Hope this helps
  13. macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2009
    ipsw not in mac's itunes library

    I have the same issue as SuperMacMan...

    In ~username/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates/ I only see a plugins folder -- no ipsw files. I'm running a mac with leopard and have an iphone 3gs with 3.01.

    Sorry for a newbie question but is there some special way to find it? Spotlight doesn't help.

  14. macrumors newbie

    Aug 17, 2009
    Vista 32 Bit

    Windows Vista 32bit stores it in a hidden folder. 1st you must enable to view hidden files (in control panel). Then go to
    c:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\AppleComputer\iTunes\ipod Software Updates\
  15. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Your User Name/Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates. It should be there. Nowhere else.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2009
    found it ^^

    Hey there, I came looking for answers about where to find the ipsw file, so I tried all the routes you suggest and finally I found it

    I'm on a 10.5.8 and I did this:

    Open a terminal and type:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder

    After that go to:

    ~username/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates/

    you will find there both 3.0 and 3.0.1 files, copy to any folder you like and that's it.

    Ps. If you can't cd to iPhone Software Updates, try typing iPhone\ Software\ Updates/

    Hope this help!
  17. macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2004
    Korova Milkbar
    Confirmed. That iTunes folder is invisible, but instead of having to use the Terminal, you can go to the Finder, select the Go menu, select Go To Folder, and type in the path "~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates/" (without quotes) and the folder will open with all of the updates you have downloaded. "~" is the Unix term for your home folder, and does not need to be changed. You can then copy and paste an ipsw file to the desktop for easy use with another application.

    Not too helpful that no one previously mentioned it was an invisible folder at first.

    So far I'm trying to restore an iPhone that is having a fatal error (23). Everything online relates to people getting this error from a failed unlock, but this phone has never been touched outside of Apple. I think it's toast, but maybe it'll somehow be successful without iTunes. Anyway, redsnow does not like the ipsw files I pulled out of iTunes' folder, but then again I might be doing it wrong.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Sep 7, 2009
    still cannot find those blessed files

    On my Vista PC, have done everything recommended (reveal hidden files et al and I cannot see any ipsw files. When i try to d'load from itunes, it tells me that my iphone is up to date, so it does not dload anything. Is there a way to force download so that the file ends up on my PC ? or what am I missing ? thanks for help :confused:
  19. macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2004
    Korova Milkbar

    In iTunes you hold the option button on a Mac when clicking Restore to browse for the location of the firmware update, so it's probably ctrl or shift in Windows to do the same thing.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2009

    You don't know how much you've helped me this night with this post. I was trying to downgrade an ipod touch 2g back to 3.0 using vista. The guide found online worked. However it didn't indicate on how to access the ipsw file from iTunes and you just did. The shift key did it's magic. Thanks a million!!!:D
  21. macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2005
    How to Reverse This?

    How do you restore Finder after executing the Terminal commands?
  22. macrumors newbie


    Oct 28, 2009
    If you mean "restart" the Finder, you can just type killall Finder in a new line in the Terminal. There's also a cool article at http://lifehacker.com/333819/add-quit-to-the-finder-menu
    on how to add a quit feature to Finder so you can command-Q it to quit... of course, I haven't found much use for quitting Finder.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2005
    Thans but I Would Like to Eliminate .ds_Store on Desktop

    Thanks for your response. I wasn't clear on exactly what I wanted to do and I'm not an expert on Finder.

    After executing the "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE" two things appeared differently. First there is now a folder named ".ds_Store" that appears in the upper right hand corner of the desktop, and second, when I examine the files on the hard drive the normally "hidden" folders like bin, net, dev, etc. now appear in a light gray color.

    What I would like to accomplish is to return get rid of the ".ds_Store" folder on the desktop, and eliminate the "hidden" (or protected) files when viewing the files on the hard drive.

    That is why I wanted to reverse or restore the Finder view that was created when the "defaults write com..." command was executed.

    Thanks for any help you can provide to this novice!

  24. macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2009

    I can't seem to find it anywhere. I'm using 9.2 in snow leopard with the most recent iPod touch firmware, but it really seems to be nowhere. It used to be in ~/Library/iTunes/iPod Software Updates, but that folder seems to have disappeared. but...I think that my iPod cam with the firmware and I never had to download the new firmware. So maybe if I restore, it will have to download the update again.. :confused::confused::apple:
  25. macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2010
    Instead of finding the firmware locally

    I jailbreak many ipods and iphones. Instead of finding the firmware locally, I just use this website: http://www.felixbruns.de/iPod/firmware/
    That website has all the firmware updates. These are restore files. Which is what you use to jailbreak anyway. I just download that and modify that restore file, and BOOM!

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