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Using this app as an example:

https://apps.apple.com/app/deezer-music-podcast-player/id292738169

I would like to just download the file itself, is that possible? To better explain, for example with an Android app, some different websites and programs are available for this purpose:

https://android.stackexchange.com/questions/12330/how-can-i-download-an-apk-file-from-the-play-store

So I am wanting the same thing for Apple if possible. I would like to download the app file, so that I can inspect the contents.

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You can download .ipa files of iOS apps using iTunes 12.6.4. This is a special branch from Apple that can be installed alongside newer versions of iTunes. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208079

The Mac version is not compatible with macOS 10.14 Mojave or above. You may want to use the Windows version inside of a VM.

Once you have the .ipa file, you can peek inside further by changing the file extension to .zip and opening it with Archive Utility. Then, right click the .app file and select "show package contents". This is useful if e.g. you want to extract an icon or other asset.

I haven't used this myself but you can also download the .ipa files with iMazing, which is compatible with current macOS releases. However, this requires putting your Apple ID password into a third-party program.

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  • Is it possible to run iTunes 12.6.5 alongside a more up to date version under macOS? When I try to launch version 12.6.5 under Yosemite it gives an error that the library was created by a newer version of iTunes and won't continue loading iTunes 12.6.5 – Scottmeup Mar 13 at 15:52
  • @Scottmeup It’s explicitly made possible with that special version of iTunes, but I don’t know that you can use the same iTunes library between them, they may need to be separate. – Wowfunhappy Mar 13 at 18:16
  • @Wowfunhappy I'm using the version of iTunes (12.6.5) linked in the answer. It doesn't give any option to use a different library. I'm not sure how I would be able to run the two versions alongside each other? – Scottmeup Mar 14 at 7:33
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You can get the IPA file here:

https://appdb.to/app/ios/292738169

To get the IPA file you need TOR.

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