How to extract a movie or photo out of a Keynote presentation – updated for Sierra


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.

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

  1. Allan

    This is fantastic! So simple. Thanks heaps Wayne!

    1. 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!!!

      1. Ari

        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?

      2. 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.

      3. Jenny

        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.

      4. 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.

      5. Jenny

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

      6. Alfred

        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

    What a simple yet brilliant solution. Thank you!

  3. DPKR

    Thanks a ton mate! Cheers!

  4. Jeff

    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.

    1. Jeff that is awesome – I didn’t know you could do that!

      1. Thank you thank you thank you!!!

  5. Jen

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

  6. Asha

    Nice, thank you!

  7. John

    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.

    1. Thanks John! It is pretty cool!

  8. Josh

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

    1. 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. A big help, THANKS!

  10. Lalo

    Thanks!!! amazing!

  11. Gagan Velayudhan

    Excellent solution! Works in a jiffy!

  12. sophie

    lifesaver ! many thanks !

  13. Kelly


  14. Doc@

    Thank you! Very easy! Great!

  15. Theo

    Amazing solution! Thanx!

  16. Best trick ever!

  17. Marc

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

  18. James

    Awesome, saved my bacon today. Thanks :o)

  19. David

    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.

  20. Babbledrat

    You sir, are legend.

  21. AldoPak

    Brillant!! Thanks so much

  22. Kelli

    wonderful quick and easy! Adobe help is useless…

  23. Paul

    perfect. Thx!

  24. matt

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

    1. matt

      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.

  25. Raber

    Thanks ALOT !

  26. Mhie

    Great! Thanks for this!

  27. b

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

  28. Mark Bowyer

    Very helpful! Thanks!

  29. Dylan

    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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