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How to Open DMG Files

This wikiHow teaches you how to open a DMG file on a Mac. Since DMG files are used predominately to install applications on Macs, you cannot properly open DMG files on Windows computers.


  1. Double-click the DMG file.This will cause your Mac to attempt to open it, resulting in a pop-up message that says "[Name] can't be opened because it was not downloaded from the App Store."
    • If you don't see this window pop up, skip to the "Review the DMG's contents" step near the end of the section.
    • Since DMG files are typically downloaded, you'll usually find them in the "Downloads" folder in the Finder.
  2. Click when prompted.Doing so closes the window.
  3. Open the Apple menu .Click the Apple logo in the top-left corner of the screen. A drop-down menu will appear.
  4. ClickSystem Preferences.It's near the top of the drop-down menu. Doing so opens the System Preferences window.
  5. ClickSecurity & Privacy.It's near the top of the System Preferences window.
  6. Click the lock icon.You'll find this in the bottom-left corner of the window. Doing so prompts a pop-up window.
  7. Enter your password, then clickUnlock.Do this in the pop-up window. Entering your password will allow you to edit items on this page.
  8. ClickOpen Anyway.This option is to the right of the DMG file's name at the bottom of the page.
  9. Click when prompted.This will open your DMG file, allowing you to view its contents and continue with the installation.
  10. Review the DMG's contents.Most of the time, you'll use DMG files to install an app. However, some DMG files contain images or text files as well.
    • Anything ending in.appis an installable app.
    • You'll most likely see an "Applications" icon in the DMG window. This is a shortcut to your Mac's Applications folder.
  11. Install the DMG's app.Locate the icon for the app you're trying to install (e.g., Firefox), then click and drag the icon onto the "Applications" icon in the window. This will prompt the DMG file's app to begin installing; once it completes, you'll be able to find in in the Launchpad menu.
    • Depending on the application you're trying to install, you may have to click through additional options before the app installs.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    I downloaded it and I have the DMG extractor, but it is telling me "The specified file is not recognized as DMG format" - is there is any solution? What can I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Extract the file using 7-Zip. Right click on the DMG file and select "Open with 7-Zip." Select "Open archive." Give the path and extract the file.
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  • Double-clicking a DMG file on a Windows computer will prompt you to select a program with which to open the file. Unless you have a third-party tool like 7-Zip or DMG Extractor installed on your computer, you won't be able to open the DMG file.


  • Be careful about installing unsigned software on your Mac. As with any software that doesn't come from the App Store, unsigned software carries risk of infection.

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