What is a .XIP File And How To Open It – Apple (Visual Guide)

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While downloading files, you might have downloaded a file with the .xip extension. You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. That’s why we have made this article! You will learn how to open the .xip file extension on various systems, what it is and how to work with it.

What is a .XIP file?

The file extension .XIP is macOS Signed Archive. The development of this file was done by Apple. This compressed file is in zip format.

What to know

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

How to open a .XIP file?

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

How to open a .XIP file on Mac

The .xip file can be opened in 4 steps on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the Apple Archive Utility software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .XIP file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

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 Archive Utility software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .XIP file?

If you cannot open the .XIP file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .XIP file.xise – Xilinx, .xiz – ZynAddSubFX, .xl – Microsoft, .xla – Microsoft, .xlam – Microsoft. 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 .XIP file with the Apple Archive Utility program on Mac.