Alexandra Malureanu
Published by Alexandra Malureanu,

Our iPhone Backup Extractor application has many happy Mac users, many are long term Apple aficionados. So we decided to produce this guide on how to install the Mono framework and run our iPhone Backup Extractor application to make it easier to some of those newer to using Mac computers.

Once understood the running of iPhone Backup Extractor application on OSX is quite simple, but if you are new to the process of running applications from the command line on a Mac it can be a little daunting. This guide provides all steps, including Mono framework installation.

mono is a software platform designed to allow developers to easily create cross platform applications. It is an open source implementation of Microsoft’s .Net Framework. The iPBE application needs this framework to extend library functionality (code) needed to access your backup files. A Mac needs to be told that our application needs to use the Mono libraries, and this is done using some simple commands in the terminal window.

A terminal window is the Mac’s command line feature, which basically runs programs using words (commands). In this case it is necessary to use, as what effectively happens is that you (or your Mac) runs Mono and Mono will run our app, you have to tell your Mac this is what is going to happen before it runs the app.


Download and install Mono framework


When downloading Mono framework, you will need to choose the download applicable to your processor or just the universal option (ed. this is redundant in later Macs as the are Intel based). You only need the Mono framework (Runtime) so download and install this.

Downloading Mono framework



Download iPhone Backup Extractor for Mac



Downloading our latest iPhone Backup Extractor Mac version software should be easy and fast.


Run iPhone Backup Extractor on OS X


Once you have installed mono, you need to do the following:

  • From the Desktop, click the Go menu, and select Utilities
  • In the Utilities window, double-click Terminal. The Terminal window should open
  • Where did you save the files? Have you “unzipped” ALL the files to your Mac from the download zip yet?
  • Unzip the software files to the Desktop to a folder called iphonebackupextractor-latest

OK, to the commands, the first thing you need to do is to change the directory location to the one where you have extracted the files too. Here we are using the Desktop as an example and assume ALL the files (4) have been extracted from the zip files to a folder called iphonebackupextractor-latest on the Desktop. This folder should be created when the files are extracted from the zip download, although the process gives you the choice to change these details if required.

By default the terminal window location (folder or directory) is generally the user’s account folder, in this example we will use Andy. Your name will most likely be the name you see in the Terminal window.

When you open the Terminal you should see something like (the last line): Andy:~ Andy$. This would mean we’re in the following folder /Users/Andy/ and you should be able to type after this cursor.

To point the Terminal to the application files on your Desktop (/Users/Andy/Desktop/iphonebackupextractor-latest/) you can type the following:

cd ~/Desktop/iphonebackupextractor-latest/

The cd [change directory] command does exactly this, it should be followed by a single [space]. This is then followed by the use of a ~[tilda], this tell the Mac to start from your home directory from whatever directory your terminal is currently in. Once the full command above is typed, hit enter, the cursor should read something like: Andy:~ iphonebackupextractor-latest$ and NOT “No file or directory exists”. If it says the former then great, lets continue! To run the iPhone Backup Extractor just type:

mono iPhoneBackupExtractor.exe

Notice mono in front of the exe file, this is telling OS X to open iPhoneBackupExtractor.exe using mono. It has to be typed like this and is case sensitive.


Opening iPhone Backup Extractor

Opening iPBE


A quick tip that should work on a Mac and save the typing, is when you open the Terminal use the arrow up and down keys to cycle through commands you have typed before. This should speed things up each time to want to run the iPBE app.

Enjoy the iPhone Backup Extractor software on your Mac and make sure you create safe backups of your iDevice on a regularly base.

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