Cydia, the jailbreak equivalent of Apple’s App Store, indexes all jailbreak apps/tweaks/mods so that users can easily find them on the iPhone. To have Cydia on your iPhone, you must first jailbreak. This process frees you from having to only download apps from Apple’s App Store. Once you jailbreak, you can install all kinds of cool apps, mods and tweaks on your iPhone through Cydia.

Instead of Apple’s curated content, Cydia must rely on “repositories” from jailbreak developers to index jailbreak apps. These “repositories” (or “repos”) are basically just storage houses for jailbreak content that developers want to distribute through Cydia. Repositories are sources that Cydia searches for jailbreak apps.

By default, Cydia already pre-installs some popular repositories that host most jailbreak content. However, there is a way in Cydia to add more sources. Not all jailbreak content can be accessed through the default sources that Cydia pre-installs. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to add a new source to expand your jailbreak catalog in Cydia…

1. Open Cydia on your iPhone

2. Tap “Manage”

3. Tap “Sources”

You will now be presented with a list of all the sources that Cydia is currently using to search for apps. If you have never added a source on your own before, you will only see a list of sources called “Installed by Package.” These popular sources include jailbreak heavyweights like BigBoss and ModMyi.

4. Tap “Edit” in the top right corner, then “Add” in the top left corner

You will now be prompted with a window that says “Enter Cydia/APT URL.”

5. Enter the source you wish to add to Cydia.

Make sure to get the website spelling correct or Cydia will not be able to verify the source.

6. Click “Add Source”

Cydia will update and verify your added source.

Your new source will now be available under a list called “Entered by User” in the Sources list of Cydia. You can tap on any source to view all of the content that the source provides. This method could help you narrow down your search for the app you want if the general search in Cydia isn’t getting you anywhere.

Once you add a new source, all of the content that source hosts will be available for you to install on your iPhone (providing you have the right hardware and firmware). You can browse optional sources within Cydia itself. If you go to the home page of Cydia, you will see the option to view “More Package Sources.” This option will show you a list of optional repos you can install for access in Cydia.

iDB also has a pretty robust collection of Cydia sources that you can check out. One way or another, there are plenty of ways to get more jailbreak content on your iPhone.

Do you have a favorite Cydia repo? Do you find yourself downloading from a certain source often?

  • DomPerignon

    Really? I wonder how many of iDB readers don’t know how to add a source.

  • Burge

    The only ones that will work are the Cydia ones and some of them don’t work ..don’t try the installer ones . Installer is no longer Cydia go to sources and add them from’s easier than add one by one ..unless you won’t these..
    Just remember if you use a app/tweak alot go pay for it .. Support the devs don’t rip them off, use these to try before you buy ..

    • fuck u burge

      this fucker that posted these sources fucked up my cydia and your guys cydia dont add all these sources

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  • Brian

    OMG!!! thank you sooo much for teaching me how to ADD SOURCES!!!!! Can you now please teach me how to use the Power Button?!?!?!?!

    • James

      Wow. I mean, if you know how to do it then great… But not everybody was born with the innate knowledge of how to rip off hard working developers. But good for you.

    • Peter Pan

      Hahahaha. ROTFL

  • Sherill

    Why my cydia wont open?

    • Rony

      My cydia wont open either.

      • Samuel Mbonekube

        Hi,I need to knw how may I get Cydia in my ipod

      • jack

        try rejailbreaking or just keep opening it

  • Mikesm

    OKay for you people that can’t open your Cydia I’m guessing that the app is white? Well if it is here is how you solve it. You are going to re-jailbreak it”add cydia” option. When it boots up and you can see all your apps don’t click on Cydia,
    1. Turn off your phone/ ipod
    2. Open up your program you used most likely “redsnow”
    3. Put in the firmware.
    4 . Instead of pressing the “add Cydia” option, click the just boot tethered right now.
    5. Proceed like you would when Jailbreaking your device.

    Hope this helps, if you don’t have redsnow as your jailbreak program and it’s different sorry I’m not familiar with other programs.

  • thanks very much ,very helpfull (

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      Beast ass name man my name is Libny hahaha

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