Dec 11


There have been many times that I have been given a keynote file from someone, and I wanted to get a movie or picture out of it and save it as a separate file.  Here’s how to do it.

Option 1 – Show Package contents.


If you right click on a Pages document (or a Keynote document) there may be an option called ‘Show Package Contents’  that will allow you to see the files in the document.

  1. Find your Pages document in the finder and ‘right click’ (or hold down control while you click) on the icon. You will see a menu.
  2. If the menu has an option that says ‘Show Package Contents’ you can just click on this and you will get a folder with all the documents in your Pages or Keynote file.

Click on ‘Show Package Contents’ to see the files that are in your Pages document.

You will now see a folder with all the original documents (pictures, movies etc) that were imported into your Pages or Keynote file.

You can now see the original full size images that were imported into the Keynote or Pages file.


If there is no option for ‘Show Package Contents’ this means that the Keynote or Pages document is beign saved in a single file. You can change this. (Thanks to David for this tip – see the comments!)

Here there is no ‘Show Package Contents’ option

To create a package:

  1. Open Keynote, then click File, and go down the menu to “advanced”.
  2. Select “change file type”, and the options are “single” or “package” Choose “package”
  3. (Re-save your file and this should allow you to see the ‘Show Package Contents’ option.

How to extract the pictures from a Keynote or Pages without creating a ‘package’.

It may be that you have a Keynote or Pages file that you want to extract a video or picture from but you do not have Keynote or Pages so you cannot create a package. Here’s how to do it manually.

1. Find the Keynote or Pages file in the finder.

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

Duplicate the keynote file

Duplicate the keynote file

3. Rename the file from ‘xxx.pages’ to ‘’ Tt do this click on the filename of the new keynote file so that the filename is selected then press the right arrow, delete ‘.pages’ and and type ‘.zip’


Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 9.07.34 PM

In my example I’m changing it from ‘OCC copy’ to ‘OCC’

4. It will prompt you to make sure you want to change the name, click ‘’.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 9.06.51 PM

5. Now double click on the .zip file and it will ‘expand’ the zip file to 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. This is identical to if you had been able to select ‘Show Package Contents’ for the file.

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 9.12.26 PM





86 Responses to “How to extract a movie or photo out of a Keynote presentation – updated for Sierra”

  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 folder and when I double click on that I get a and then the cycle begins. None of them create a folder I can open. HELP!!!

      • Ari says:

        I have the same problem with Susan when I tried this with Sierra. Opening the zip is not making a folder but another zip file and a cycle of zip files if I keep clicking them. Have you been able to find any solution to this Susan or Wayne?

      • Wayne says:

        It seems like the ‘Show Package Contents’ is back in Sierra, which means the zip trick doesn’t work. But the ‘Show Package Contents’ is not there all the time. I have updated the article. Thanks for the feedback.

      • Jenny says:

        Has anyone figured this out? I have a .pptx file that has no Show Package Contents option and keeps doing the .cpgz thing described above. I loved the old .zip trick, and now Sierra seems to not let me do it.

      • Wayne says:

        Open in keynote, save as a keynote file, select “advanced” then “change file type” then “package”.
        Then right click on saved file and view package contents.

      • Jenny says:

        Wayne, an hour on the phone with a Mac Senior Adviser and nothing. This worked perfectly. You’re a lifesaver!

      • Alfred says:

        The zip trick works for me in Sierra but only on Keynote files .key, Powerpoint files .pptx will not work, try to save in Keynote format.

  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.

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