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How to Open a DMG File in Windows

Discussion in 'Windows - Software discussion' started by ireland, Dec 8, 2014.

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    How to Open a DMG File in Windows

    Whether you are an avid Mac programmer using a Windows Machine, or if you find a DMG file on your Windows machine, it can be useful to know what it is and how to open it.

    What Are DMG Files
    Many people assume that if files appear as unknown files that they are viruses or malicious files, but this is not the case. DMG files are Mac OSX Disk Image files. They are essentially disk images like ISO files, their Windows based counterpart.

    These disk images normally contain program installation files for Apple applications, but they can also be used to hold compressed files. Since they are Mac installation files, you cannot install these programs on Windows. You will need to download the Windows version of the program with the EXE extension. It can be useful, however, to get into DMG files in order to access the files they contain.

    How to Open DMG Files in Windows Using 7-Zip and DMG Extractor
    There are many different tools you can use to extract DMG files in Windows, however, the two most reliable tools we will use today are 7-Zip and DMG Extractor . Both these programs are free to download and use, however, if you a need more powerful DMG editing tool, you can get the paid version of DMG Extractor.


    7-Zip is a powerful compression tool that is distributed freely to users. Its installation file is completely free of bloat and crapware. If you do not have 7-zip installed on your computer, you can download it from Ninite and install it on your machine.

    Once you have installed the program, simply navigate to the DMG file on your hard drive and right-click on it then select 7-zip and choose the “Extract here” option.



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