Sep 11


There have been many times that I have been given a keynote file from someone, and I want to get the movie out of it and save just the movie  (or a picture) as a separate file.  You used to be able to right click and select “view package contents” but  that doesn’t work anymore. Here’s how to do it now.

1. Find the keynote file in the finder.

2. Right click on the keynote file and select ‘duplicate’. This is so that you are working on a copy and won’t hurt the original file.

Duplicate the keynote file

Duplicate the keynote file

3. Click on the filename of the new keynote file so that the filename is selected, press right arrow and type ‘.zip’ after the filename. In my example I’m changing it from ‘OCC copy’ to ‘OCC’.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 9.07.34 PM

4. It will prompt you to make sure, click ‘’.

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5. Now double click on the .zip file and it will create a folder.

6. Open the folder and inside the folder will be all the movies and pictures from your keynote file! You can copy them, move them, whatever you want!

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70 Responses to “How to extract a movie or photo out of a Keynote presentation”

  1. Allan says:

    This is fantastic! So simple. Thanks heaps Wayne!

    • I have always been able to do this very easily UNTIL I upgraded to Sierra. Now when I double click on the .zip folder I get a RETT WRITING folder and when I double click on that I get a RET WRITING and then the cycle begins. none of them create a folder I can open. HELP!!!

  2. Jennifer says:

    What a simple yet brilliant solution. Thank you!

  3. DPKR says:

    Thanks a ton mate! Cheers!

  4. Jeff says:

    Even easier is to select the image, locate the portion of the inspector that shows the file name of the image, and drag the file name and its little icon to your desktop, or wherever.

  5. Jen says:

    I wish I had found this post long ago. Thank you!

  6. Asha says:

    Nice, thank you!

  7. John says:

    I have been using Keynote forever. This is the best trick I have ever seen in my years (over 30) of making presentations. The information is invaluable.

  8. Josh says:

    When i do this, the photo then becomes small and pixilated….

    • Wayne says:

      Ah, yes, there can be 2 versions of the picture, one is the actual picture, the other one is a thumbnail preview of the picture that pages makes that is a lot smaller. Can you see a different version of the picture that you can open? It will probably have a similar filename.

  9. Rick says:

    A big help, THANKS!

  10. Lalo says:

    Thanks!!! amazing!

  11. Gagan Velayudhan says:

    Excellent solution! Works in a jiffy!

  12. sophie says:

    lifesaver ! many thanks !

  13. Kelly says:


  14. Doc@ says:

    Thank you! Very easy! Great!

  15. Theo says:

    Amazing solution! Thanx!

  16. Marc says:

    Amazing! Thx a lot, you really helped me out with this

  17. James says:

    Awesome, saved my bacon today. Thanks :o)

  18. David says:

    Thank you , Thank you, Thank you. I have been trying to figure this out for years and even tried to get help at the Apple Store, all to no avail. What a relief.

  19. Babbledrat says:

    You sir, are legend.

  20. AldoPak says:

    Brillant!! Thanks so much

  21. Kelli says:

    wonderful quick and easy! Adobe help is useless…

  22. Paul says:

    perfect. Thx!

  23. matt says:

    followed the tip, great but extracted vids have no sound?

    • matt says:

      nevermind, it took about 20 minutes for the files to work. Its fine! I imported into premiere pro, could see the video but no audio….blogs said to wait…I did….it eventually worked.

  24. Raber says:

    Thanks ALOT !

  25. Mhie says:

    Great! Thanks for this!

  26. b says:

    thank you so much. came in super handy in a moment of ‘wtf do i do now’.

  27. Mark Bowyer says:

    Very helpful! Thanks!

  28. Dylan says:

    This didn’t work for me but when I navigated to the file in Finder I was able to edit the file type by replacing .key or .pptx with .zip

    Interestingly (but not surprisingly) the two .zip files unpack differently but still with the desired outcome.

    Thanks for your post, it got me where I needed to go.

  29. dennis ho says:

    Thank you so very much, this has been very helpful



  30. Lada says:

    Thank you! That’s awesome!

  31. GUIDO says:


  32. Wow, thanks! Excellent hack. Who knew you could decode a Keynote that way. BTW, also works with PowerPoint .pptx files. If you just copy the image in the application, it’s a lot smaller than the original. With this technique you can access the images in the presentation at full size.

  33. Lorenz says:

    Did not work; during unzipping of the zip file (at halfway point) it stops and I get “Unable to expand (Error 1 – Operation not permitted)”
    Thoughts anyone?

  34. Bertrand says:

    Many thanks for this post which was very useful and saved a lot of time ! Regards from France, Bertrand

  35. Petr says:

    Thank you! That was brilliant help!

  36. ricotta says:

    OMG!!!! this is super helpful!!! Can’t thank you enough!!

  37. Martin says:

    Wow, it actually works! thanks!

  38. Chris says:

    Amazing – thanks!

  39. Fernando says:

    Thank you man! You saved me hours of editing

  40. Thom says:

    Thank you! very clear explanation and it worked like a charm!

  41. Mike says:

    The best hack I’ve used in ages!!! I’m never going to forget this. Shot man!

  42. Dee says:

    This was extremely helpful.


  43. Mark says:

    wow this worked perfect. thank you!

  44. Timo says:

    Thank you very much indeed!

  45. Caroline Series says:

    Thank you so much, solved an old problem like a treat!

  46. Clarissa says:

    I don’t know if I’m using a different version, but it didn’t work this way. Instead, I duplicated the file and then clicked “export”. Then, it asks you to choose the type of file you want, and I picked “images”. Then it created the .zip file.

  47. Georges says:

    Thanks a lot Mike. This is simply excellent!

  48. Spring says:

    Thank you so much, this was such a valuable tip. Hope to get back to your posts soon.

  49. Dan Bootzin says:

    First step said to “find the image in the finder”.
    How do you do that? Especially if the keynote was sent to you by someone else and not created on your own computer. Where do the clips & images live?

  50. Rene says:

    Great! Very helpfull, thanx!

  51. Deidre says:

    Great tutorial. The photos of each screen make it REALLY easy, and it works!

    Thanks, Wayne!

  52. Märt says:

    Nice tip. Worked perfectly.

  53. Jackie says:

    Simple and result perfectly

  54. MizJones says:

    This worked like a charm and you saved our organization a lot of time and anguish. Thanks!

  55. Chris says:

    This little tip is HUGE!! Awesome – thank you!!

  56. Mary says:

    Perfect. Thank you!

  57. John says:

    3 years on and still saving loads of time! thanks for the great tutorial.

  58. Nicole says:

    is there a way to do this for all of the fonts in a presentation?

  59. brentyl says:

    Thanks! Clear, clean, and saved me a ton of time. :)

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