How to Browse Cydia On Your Desktop Computer

By , May 7, 2011

Looking for jailbreak apps and tweaks in Cydia can be a very slow and painful process. Cydia usually has to load almost every single user action, and browsing for content can take quite a long time.

Cydia Search is a new resource developed by Planet-iPhones that allows you to search and browse for Cydia content from your desktop computer. With a full set of browsing and navigation options, Cydia Search takes the pain out of using the iPhone to browse for jailbreak content.

Cydia Search is a quick and easy way to read all about the apps/tweaks, etc available through Cydia on a jailbroken iPhone.

You can browse by repos, categories, and top rated/newest packages. When you search for something, the package’s information is available right there in your desktop browser. The description, author, hosted repo, file size, homepage, sponsor, etc. are all quickly available for any package through Cydia Search.

A nifty iPhone frame on the right side of each package’s page in Cydia Search displays screenshots from the package’s iPhone-optimized page in Cydia. These screenshots allow you to read the package’s changelog.

Unfortunately, you can’t see screenshots for packages in Cydia Search.

Cydia has needed a desktop companion for a very, very long time. It’s nice to see some method for browsing the jailbreak store on the desktop. We haven’t heard anything new about Cydia for Mac. Hopefully saurik still plans on developing a new version of Cydia for the desktop.

What do you think of Cydia Search? How can desktop computers and Cydia merge effectively? Hopefully one day we’ll see a full-fledged Cydia store for the Mac.

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  • Bongo

    It’s a good idea but I’ve always been one to want to see what the packages look like, especially when downloading themes and addons that change the look of the iPhone.

  • BLiNK

    very useful. thanks for the article

  • Fojam

    Good while waiting for cydia for mac

  • Haider Ijaz

    Nice work. Guess he is realizing that he has to speed up cydia or people may go for alternatives like ICY.

    • BLiNK

      ICY would have to be pretty Epic for me to leave Cydia or even not use it exclusively. i have been pretty pleased with Cydia and even more after the 1.1 update

      • Haider Ijaz

        Yes i too love cydia :D

  • WTFX

    There was an app for PC released way back that allowed browsing Cydia and even downloading apps as deb files, first you had to connect your iPhone once to allow it to I assume get some files from your iPhone so it’d identify you as if you were using it thru your iPhone. Unfortunately I forgot its name, I’ll see if I can dig it up again from the internetz

  • WTFX

    Ok, found it, it’s called Cyder. Happy browsing and downing on PC if you’re into that sort of thing. ;)

    • Luke

      Cyder is epic fail

  • WTFX

    Sorry for the many posts but thought I’d mentioned I also found an alternative to Cyder called CydiaCrawler. No idea which one is better, just thought I’d mention it as well. :)