Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Access DMG files on Windows

Mac is Apple's own operating system which it gives favors to when it comes to Beta OS files or application development. Although the files can easily be downloaded on a Windows OS based machine but they have .dmg extension which Apple for compressing installer packages and files and it can not be read or decompressed by Windows. Although most Mac software either have their Windows version already present or can't be run on a Windows machine because of incompatibility, there are still some softwares and files present in a .dmg compressed package that people would love to get their hands on but can't. And that's what we are going to solve today.

Lets see how to get this done.

Step 1: To get this done, you need a freeware tool called dmgextractor which can be easily downloaded from its website.

To do this just go to their website, and click on the Download button.

Then in the next page that opens, click again on download on the version you would like to have your hands on. The only limitation free version has is that you can only extract 4 files with it at a time which means that if you have more then that in a .dmg package, you can not just click on extract all instead you'll have to do in batches of 5. This can be alright if you do not have a large number of files but if the number is very large it can be painful so in the end, it depends on your usage. After you click on the Download button for the free version, another button will pop up with windows written on it.

Click on the Windows button and your download will begin.

Step 2: Install the freeware using the installer following the onscreen instructions.

Step 3: After the software has installed, click on its shortcut icon on desktop to open it up.

Step 4: Now click on Open and then browse to the .dmg package file you want to take a look at.

When you click on Open, you will be able to see the contents of the .dmg package.

Step 5: Now select the files you want to extract (maximum 5 at a time if you are using the free version like me) and click on Extract button present in the menu bar and select the destination you want to extract your files.

It will give you the option of the folder .dmg package was originally placed in. If you want to make any other folder, you obviously can. When you click on the extract button after selecting the folder, it will extract the selected files into that folder.

Et Voila! The files of the .dmg package have now been extracted for normal Windows usage.


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