I need to download a pkg(ipa) file from the Apple Store (using iTunes, i guess iPhone apps are only in iTunes not in the Store App).

How can you download the pkg file(ipa)? (Alternatively, if I downloaded it with iTunes, it says downloaded, where can I find it on the hard drive?)

I was running find / on the entire filesystem but still cant find it.

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    iOS apps are distributed as .ipa files which is a different format than .pkg. It might be easier for people to help you though if you could add some details about what you want to do with the file afterwards/which problem you are trying to solve.
    – nohillside
    Commented Nov 25, 2013 at 18:20
  • Thanks patrix. I can't find ipa files either on my drive.
    – Istvan
    Commented Nov 25, 2013 at 18:57
  • @istvan - take a stepor two back and explain what you want to do - downloading the .ipa might not be the waty to do it (I can't think of a reason to do that)
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 15:53
  • I would like to install an application in the simulator to be able to see what is happening. I am not the developer of that app but I need to get something fixed. I would like to install it and tcpdump the network communication it does.
    – Istvan
    Commented Nov 26, 2013 at 19:37

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Downloaded iOS applications are stored in your iTunes library. To find the physical location on disk

  • go to the Apps section in iTunes, right-click on the app and select "Reveal in Finder"
  • use the Goto command in Finder to open ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Media/Mobile\ Applications/

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