PKG File Extension

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Mac OS X Installer Package
  • Developer
    Apple
  • Popularity
    3.7 (12 votes)

What is PKG file?

The PKG extension can be used, among others, within MacOS X operating system, developed by Apple. PKG files contain packages of compressed installer files with the XAR internal format, which purpose is to install an application on Mac computers. PKG files are actually XAR files with different extension and strictly defined hierarchy of files. The aim of the XAR project is to create an easily expandable archive format.

Advantages of PKG files

While developing the PKG format, the main aim was to create an extension, which supposed to facilitate work during the installation process, an this priority has been achieved – installation and updating using PKG files can be performed easily. Installation of software can be performed individually, or along with a script responsible for such process.

Purpose of PKG files

PKG files are currently used as listed below:

  • as installation packages in Apple systems – both on computers and iPhones
  • by Sony company, for purpose of installation software and applications on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles
  • by Symbian systems, in order to hold configuration information within installation packages of programs
  • PKG files are probably used also by Microsoft in order to store profiles on the Xbox Live platform

Programs that support PKG file

Conversion of a PKG file

When you install one of the applications from the list of programs that you found here, you should be able to open or edit the file with the PKG extension without any issue. However, if you still have problems with this, you may use the option of PKG file conversion to a different format.

File Conversions from PKG extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to PKG file

We hope we helped you solve the problem with the PKG file. If you do not know where you can download the application from our list, click on the link (which is the name of the program) - you will find more information there on the location where to download the secure setup version of the required application.

What else may cause problems?

There can be more reasons which determine that you are not able to open the PKG file (apart from the lack of the proper application installed).

First - the PKG file may be incorrectly associated with the application installed to support it. In this case, you need to change this association by yourself. To do this, right-click on the PKG file that you want to edit, click "Open with" and then select the program from the list that you have installed. After this operation, the problems with opening the PKG file should be solved.

Second - the file you want to open can simply be damaged. Then, the best solution is to find a new version of given file, or download it again from the same source as before (maybe for some reason in the previous session the download of the PKG file has not been completed and it cannot be opened properly).

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