Running iPhone Backup Extractor on Mac OS X with Mono


Running iPhone Backup Extractor on OS X is quite simple, but if you're 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 installing the Mono framework.

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. Our application needs this framework 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 commands. In this case, it's necessary to use, as what happens is that you (or your Mac!) runs Mono, and Mono will run our app.

Download and install Mono framework

When downloading Mono framework, you'll need to choose the download applicable to your processor --- or just the universal option. (This is redundant in modern Macs as they're all Intel-based.) You only need the "Mono framework (Runtime)".

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Run iPhone Backup Extractor on OS X

Once you've 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, and the Terminal window should open
  • Unzip the iPhone Backup Extractor download to a folder on the Desktop named iphonebackupextractor-latest

OK. Let's run the commands. The first thing you need to do is to change the directory location where the files are. We're using the Desktop as an example and assume all four files from the zip are there, in a folder namediphonebackupextractor-latest.

By default, the Terminal's start folder is generally the user's home directory. In this example, we'll use Andy's computer, although your name will likely be the name you see in the Terminal window.

When you open 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 Terminal to the application files on your desktop you can type the following:

cd ~/Desktop/iphonebackupextractor-latest/

The cd (change directory) command does this, it should be followed by a single space (). This is followed by a tilde (~), which tells the Mac to start from your home directory.

Once the full command above is typed, hit enter, and the cursor should read something like: Andy:~ iphonebackupextractor-latest$ and shouldn't say No file or directory exists. If it says the former then let's continue! To run iPhone Backup Extractor, type:

mono iPhoneBackupExtractor.exe

Opening iPhone Backup Extractor

A quick tip to save the typing in future: when you open the Terminal use the up and down arrow keys, you'll see they cycle through commands you have typed before. This should speed things up each time to want to run the app.

Enjoy iPhone Backup Extractor on your Mac! If you run into problems, please reach out to us.

About the author

Alexandra Petruș served as Reincubate's VP of Product for a number of years and remains a friend of the company. She's recognised as a Google Developer Expert for Product Strategy, and is a co-founder of Bucharest AI.

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