What is a .SPARSEIMAGE File And How To Open It – Apple (Easy Guide)


Have you downloaded a file with .sparseimage extension, but you have never seen this extension before? It is important to know how to open this file – in order to be able to work with it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .sparseimage file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .SPARSEIMAGE file?

The file extension .SPARSEIMAGE is from Mac OS X Sparse Image.This file extension belongs to the developer Apple. The file is a disk image file.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .sparseimage file on 1 platform.

How to open a .SPARSEIMAGE file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .SPARSEIMAGE file on various operating systems.

How to open a .SPARSEIMAGE file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .sparseimage file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Apple Disk Utility software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .SPARSEIMAGE file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Apple Disk Utility software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .SPARSEIMAGE file?

If you are still unable to open the .SPARSEIMAGE file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. The .SPARSEIMAGE file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .spb – Microsoft, .spb – Samsung, .spc – Software Publisher Certificate File, .spc – Atari, .spd – AutoDesSys. You might be trying to open the wrong file, please recheck if you are trying to open the right file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .SPARSEIMAGE file with the Apple Disk Utility program on Mac.