Media Type 'application/vnd.autopackage' Details

Media Type 'application/vnd.autopackage' Details

Basic Info
Media Type application
subtype vnd.autopackage
Registered? Yes
See also Hearn

Tags: (none)

File Formats: (none)


(last updated November 2005)

Name : Mike Hearn

Email : [email protected]

MIME media type name : Application

MIME subtype name : Vendor Tree - vnd.autopackage

Required parameters : 

Optional parameters : 

Encoding considerations : binary
This media type may require encoding on transports not capable of handling

Security considerations : 
Autopackages are similar to RPMs in that they can contain arbitrary UNIX
shell scripts which can cause harm to the users system by deleting files
etc. It's recommended that they are digitally signed and only packages
trusted by the user are run.

Interoperability considerations : 

Published specification : 
Subject to change without notice, however the API used by the embedded shell
scripts is documented at

Applications which use this media : 
Autopackage support code

Additional information :

1. Magic number(s) : None
2. File extension(s) : package
3. Macintosh file type code : None
4. Object Identifiers: None

See for more information

Person to contact for further information :

1. Name : Mike Hearn
2. Email : [email protected]

Intended usage : Common 

Author/Change controller : 

(file created 30 November 2005)