Now that we all have our iPhones running Cydia again I started to get a bit restless for something new to play around with. After looking around the repositories for apps and ringtones, I decided as a computer nerd myself, that I wanted to create my own Cydia repository.

A few seconds of Google searching lead me to an article on creating a Cydia repository. I figured it shouldn’t be too hard so I took a crack at it today…

I am happy to say that after reading this article a couple times, I was able to successfully make my own Cydia repository and host it on my own existing web server. Since I am big on custom ringtones (per my earlier article), I decided to start there and made my first ringtone download.

One of the things that has always bugged me with iOS is the fact that any ringtone I add via iTunes gets placed into a separate folder and list than the system default collection, which is cheesy at best. To me it is just sloppy programming to place them in different locations especially since Apple makes both iOS and iTunes, but the nice part about making your own packages is you can hard code them to be in the system ringtone folder with all the other system tones.

Now that I have my own repository up and running and understand how the packaging system works I am thinking of branching out into making some custom themes as well. At some point down the road I want to actually put my developer membership to good use and start making apps but I need to buy a Mac first.

With my success today I am going to be spending quite a bit of my free time building up my own repository and at some point will probably share it with everyone else. If you are reading this and love to tinker with software yourself, I encourage you to give making your own repository a try.

What do you think, are you game for some repository work? Or do you have themes that maybe I can throw on my server for you when I am done?

  • Burge

    Just give us the name if the repo….lol

  • Burge

    I thnk I will give this a try. Looks like it could be fun..

  • Angi

    Indeed, repo name please 🙂

  • MALdito

    That’s not a bad idea! And I want to put my developer membership to good use too, Buuuuut I need a frikkin’ Mac! FML!

  • fuck you
    • I don’t know, their site seems to suck, slow as snot loading the website and it always fails when I try to add a repo from there.

  • Mattori

    You should put in some of the best Cydia apps so people can have them all in one place.

    • I have been looking into that. The odd thing is I grabbed some off a public server, leaving the original owner data, etc intact but for some reason, they don’t populate into my server’s package list which is weird.

      Supposedly all you have to do is re-build the Packages and Packages.gz and you’re good. It works for all my ring tones that I made but not for apps so I am still digging into it.

    • I am certainly interested in doing the best or most popular apps in my repo for everyone, once I can figure out why they are not currently working.
      I may have to tear the .debs apart tonight on my Ubuntu machine and look them over. Maybe they need to be re-packaged for some reason.
      I will keep everyone updated.

  • six4seven

    You don’t have a Mac??? …jeez

  • Jason masters

    The name of his repo is cydia.billnyethescienceguy.com/

  • Applefansarefaggots

    You have Hackulus and presumably installous installed. I am reporting you to the authority. Steve Jobs will suck your nuts til it become dried prune

  • Justin

    I haven’t jailbroke, but I am wondering how you pay for apps from cydia.

    • Justin

      Sorry, I should have googled first. Looks like paypal or amazon.

  • Ok I got the whole issue worked out with putting apps in my Cydia repo. Now if folks like Mattori want to give me their best, or most used and needed free apps I will package them into my repo for you guys and then share the url.

    • Belay that I got them installed but not working yet, bugger

  • Ok I have mostly a few ring tones on there but do have openssh and Winterboard working as well.
    the url is http://wb4whd.com/apt/ if you want to add it to Cydia. If you have free apps that are your primary apps after a JB that you’d like me to place on there let me know what ones and I will get them on there as soon as possible.

    I am having issues getting any of the free ones from BigBoss’ direct web download to work. I emailed them for assistance but was ignored so I will keep working on it.

  • Very interesting. I have a working Repo but with so little apps that I’m not even sure if any one would contribute to it. It has a great name though, I think. lol! the repo I have is http://www.iApps.co.za
    What do you think? Just visit the site to see how uploading is done. Please support if youre a developer that could build free safe apps for the repo?

  • een

    i try to dwnload apps frm cydia bt the msgs i recive are operation timed out or error :S