How to Show Package Contents


Administrator emeritus
Jan 15, 2006
The Kop
It works here.

Is this a particular application? Or all applications?

Can you try it in a different profile.


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Nov 6, 2006
Can you try it in a different profile.
Different user same thing and on my laptop and desktop? :confused:


What package (app, library or otherwise) are you trying to show?

Just to makes sure you know where it is:
Ah ha. I get show package contents with Address Book so it must be package specific. Maybe when packages are created there is some kind of option?


macrumors 65816
Nov 24, 2008
Georgia, USA
Eg I just downloaded the JDK from the Apple DC site.

See attached
That is a OS X 10.5 package. Only 10.4 packages allow you to view the contents in Finder. You can use Pacifist (as mentioned) or you can open the package in Installer and go to File>Show Files

Edit: Or if you want to convert the package to 10.4, open it in PackageMaker (part of Apple SDK), click the package icon, change "Minimum Target" to "Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger," and build.
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macrumors newbie
Jun 13, 2012
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
I have a related question that is slightly more complex:
I need to open / view the package contents of an installer dmg so that I can copy the necessary files to a system HD of a mac pro running Lion (10.7.5), that I have mounted on my mac mini desktop, which is running Mavericks (10.9.5).
This is because I think the Video card on the mac pro has died and I want to verify this.
I have a DisplayLink USB video adaptor that allows me to connect a screen via USB.
I have used it in the past and it works fine - no need to even have a video card, although it uses up a bit more CPU.
However, the Lion system disk for the Mac pro will need the DisplayLink driver installed before the USB to video out will work.
Any work arounds would be very much appreciated.
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