Convert ISO to PKG

Is it possible to convert .iso files to a .pkg file format?

How to convert iso to pkg file

Converting an ISO file to a PKG file involves specific steps, primarily because these two file formats serve different purposes. ISO files are disc images representing the entire content of a physical disc, such as a Blu-Ray, DVD, or CD, including its file system. PKG files, on the other hand, are used on various operating systems like macOS, PlayStation, and others for package installations. They contain installation data and instructions for installing software on the system. ISO to PKG file conversion involves extracting the ISO file contents and packaging them in a format that can be installed on the target platform.

Ensure you clearly understand why you need to convert an ISO file to a PKG file. This conversion is unusual since these formats serve different purposes. ISOs are typically used for distributing and archiving complete software setups, whereas PKG files are specific to software installation on certain operating systems.

An ISO file can contain the original PKG file, so the first step is to try to extract the contents of the ISO disk image file. You can also burn it to physical media (Blu-Ray or DVD) using burning software or mount the ISO file using a disc mounting utility, work with it, and view the disc contents as if it were a physical disc inserted into your computer.

Extract the ISO file contents

Before converting to a PKG file, you need to extract the ISO file contents. You can use software like 7-Zip (on Windows) or The Unarchiver (on macOS) to extract the files to a folder. Plenty of specialized software utilities also work with ISO files, like PowerISO, UltraISO, AnyToISO, etc.

Prepare the PKG installation package

Not all applications can be converted from an ISO to a PKG due to differences in how software is installed and runs on various platforms.

After extracting the ISO contents, you must create a PKG file from the extracted files. This step depends significantly on your target platform (e.g., macOS, PlayStation). Each platform has its own set of tools and requirements for packaging software. Not every ISO file content can be used for this operation; it probably does not work as intended.

For PlayStation

Creating PKG files for PlayStation is more complex and requires specific software tools designed for PlayStation software development, like fake PKG Generator. Such tools often require familiarity with software development for PlayStation and adherence to Sony's guidelines and restrictions.

 

7-Zip icon

7-Zip

Popular open source file archiver with a high compression ratio

AnyToISO icon

AnyToISO

A disk image converter for Microsoft Windows

AnyToISO for Mac icon

AnyToISO for Mac

Mac version of popular disk image converting program

PowerISO icon

PowerISO

Application used to manage ISO, DAA and other disk images

The Unarchiver icon

The Unarchiver

A decompression utility used to replace default unpacker software on Mac

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UltraISO

One of the disk image handling utilities and the default program for ISZ images

* Additional information about file types: OpenFile.me.