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  • How to Download iPhone Firmware .ipsw with Safari
    So in the last few days I have received countless messages of people asking why their downloaded .ipsw doesn't work. I have also seen the same question asked on the forums in many many threads. The vast majority of the time it is because they used Safari to download the .ipsw and Safari decided to go ahead and extract it.

    If you are using Safari and want to download a .ipsw follow this guide to change a setting and everything will be good.

    Open Safari.



    Go to the menu bar (top of your screen) and Click Safari.



    Select Preferences.



    Go to General.



    Uncheck the Open "safe" files after downloading box.



    Close preferences and find your firmware here and download it.



    Yes, after you spend 15 seconds unchecking a box in Safari it never unchecks itself and will allow you to download firmware for the foreseeable future.

    Note: Safari will probably label the download .ipsw.zip. Delete the .zip
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to Download iPhone Firmware .ipsw with Safari started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Thanks Cash, This will really help people.
    1. mysteryskater125's Avatar
      mysteryskater125 -
      i find it a bit easier just to use firefox, but what ever works
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I've always had that option un-ticked. I never want my downloads to open automatically.
    1. GregTheWang's Avatar
      GregTheWang -
      Same, and @mystery, IE blows (I thought everyone knew that by now), and Safari 4.0 on a mac is more likable than FF.
    1. 305's Avatar
      305 -
      im still trying to figure out how its easier to download and install another browser vs unticking a checkbox. /shrugs
    1. techrider62's Avatar
      techrider62 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GregTheWang View Post
      Same, and @mystery, IE blows (I thought everyone knew that by now), and Safari 4.0 on a mac is more likable than FF.
      Then why doesn't safari ask you to to open or save if its so dam good?
    1. jballa9's Avatar
      jballa9 -
      oh cool, I had no idea about that, I've always just downloaded em with firefox.
    1. commandersafi's Avatar
      commandersafi -
      I've always used safari....All you have to do is download the file, then open up the trash, and there is your firmware file (you do have to remove the .zip at the end first though)
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mysteryskater125 View Post
      i find it a bit easier just to download firefox or internet explorer, but what ever works
      Hmmmmm.......15 seconds to change a setting or spend 10 minutes downloading a new browser. Hard decision......
    1. Parmjatt007's Avatar
      Parmjatt007 -
      thanks for sharing this valuable trick.i used orbit downloader and it worked pretty good.
    1. wesleyx7's Avatar
      wesleyx7 -
      FYI I had a same problem on internet explorer, I went ahead and downloaded the file from a different source, just google it
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Literally takes 2 seconds to just add .ipsw to the end of the file...FF and IE Blow in my opinion...notice I said OPINION
    1. timbo's Avatar
      timbo -
      Quote Originally Posted by A.T View Post
      Hmmmmm.......15 seconds to change a setting or spend 10 minutes downloading a new browser. Hard decision......

      Who need to download a new browser.... Firefox has been my default for years on my mac.... two words Fire Bug
    1. mysteryskater125's Avatar
      mysteryskater125 -
      Quote Originally Posted by timbo View Post
      Who need to download a new browser.... Firefox has been my default for years on my mac.... two words Fire Bug
      yeah, i use Firefox on both my mac and PC
      It makes things so much easier when downloading and just surfing the web

      plus all the add-ons

      Quote Originally Posted by GregTheWang View Post
      Same, and @mystery, IE blows (I thought everyone knew that by now), and Safari 4.0 on a mac is more likable than FF.
      i was going more toward firefox because yes, IE does 'blow'
      but i've never really been a big fan of Safari on any computer.
    1. 305's Avatar
      305 -
      Quote Originally Posted by timbo View Post
      Who need to download a new browser.... Firefox has been my default for years on my mac.... two words Fire Bug
      im sure he was referring to a previous post same as i, where the user mentioned his preference to 'downloading' firefox and going through that whole ordeal instead of a simple checkbox click in safari. he edited his post afterward when he realized how fail it was originally.

      anyway, lets not turn this into another cliche browser wars thread.
      im sure the info given by threadstarter came in handy for many,
    1. waks's Avatar
      waks -
      good info...
      personally i have been using safari in getting my ipsw. i guess it would be better for people to stop bashing or comparing which browser is better. firefox users, why cant they skip this thread and move on this doesnt involve their preferred browsers anyway. Safari users start changing your preferences and move on as well.

      lets put and end to this...
    1. Atomi's Avatar
      Atomi -
      its .ipsw by the way.
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      Thanks for the great info on this lingering issue.
    1. poorman1700's Avatar
      poorman1700 -
      wow that is way to much ... just take the zip file out of the trash and edit the name so it ends in IPSW... simple as that
    1. stanleyhowell33's Avatar
      stanleyhowell33 -
      It was made a big issue because it alters the ispw file well this is one lesson learnt.