If you’ve jailbroken or unlocked your iPhone, iPod, or iPad before you’re probably used to the usual procedure. You usually have to download the iOS IPSW firmware file in order to continue with the jailbreaking of your iDevice.

ipswDownloader by developer Vitaly Parovishnik makes this process a whole lot easier. The program not only downloads the IPSW firmware file for you, but also displays whether the firmware you’ve selected can be jailbroken and unlocked, along with the size of the IPSW and the tools needed to jailbreak the firmware. 

This is a must-have application for all of our readers that are new to the jailbreak/unlock scene, and also for those of you that consider yourself iPhone experts. For upgrading to the newest jailbreak, this is definitely a nice utility to have at your fingertips.

Sadly, ipswDownloader is only available for Mac OS X. You can download the app for free here.

Let us know how you like ipswDownloader in the comments!

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  • Igor Sela

    No windows version ? It would be highly appreciated, if not I’ll have to run VM with Snow Leopard …

  • Hopefully they will come out with a Windows version.

  • Buba

    Hopefully they will come out with a DOS version.

  • JoBerlin

    How about a *nix Version – it would run natively on OSX and Linux and Windows with cygwin or some user space kernel.
    Does this utility update itself or the infos when a new jailbreak or version of a jailbreak is available?

  • Black Wing

    I prefer to copy the direct download links from http://download-ios.com or http://theiphonewiki.com/wiki/index.php?title=Firmware to my Internet Download Manager,
    both sites also providing SHA1 hash of IPSW file to check whether the downloaded file corrupt or not.

    • c0edx

      How do you get the SHA1 hash of the IPSW?

      • JoBerlin

        *nix (like Linux or OSX): just open a terminal an type shasum name_of_the_file.
        Windows: look for md5deep on sourceforge.