It’s easy to venture into Cydia and download your favorite apps and tweaks, but what if you want to save the files that you download for backup or later use?

There are tools like PKGBackup that save the links to the apps and tweaks that you have on your device, but it’s not as straightforward to backup and save the actual .deb files responsible for installing the packages that we use.

What to do? In the following video tutorial, I’ll show you how to easily download deb files using OpenSSH and a handy FTP client…

How to Download Deb Files From Cydia

Note: You must have a jailbroken device to use this tutorial.

Step 1: Connect to iPhone via FTP or another iPhone file utility

Step 2: Navigate to /private/var/cache/apt/archives

Step 3: Download an app or tweak from Cydia, but don’t reboot or restart springboard

Step 4: Refresh the /private/var/cache/apt/archives directory, and you should see your .deb file ready for download

This only take a few seconds to do, and is a great way to backup your Cydia apps and tweaks to your computer.

Was the tutorial helpful for you? Let me know in the comments section below.

  • I hope part II coming soon, how to install .deb files that you downloaded from Cydia?

  • Wait a second that is a retarded way to do it, because cydia automatically will install the deb.
    The way to download a deb from cydia WITHOUT installing it on your device is by using this command

    apt-get -d install com.packagename.packagename

    and THEN go to /private/var/cache/apt/archives and it will be there

    • Anonymous

      Thank you so much for posting this. It has really helped me.

      I’ve been trying to figure out how to install toggles without needing sbsettings, because activator and intelliscreen x are also capable of handling them. Because I need the deb to remove the dependancy this was a great way to get it without installing anything, thanks!

      • lakhvindar singh

        where did u add the command 😀

      • christodouluke

        Mobile terminal

      • lakhvindar singh


    • lakhvindar singh

      But where to add the command 🙂 please help

  • ….or use Cyder 😉

  • IFunbox works better,btw can anyone tell me how to import Cydia tweaks,apps.etc to desktop? Not to download from the internet..

  • Roozbeh savoji

    Yes i can’t download

  • Roozbeh savoji

    From iran internet short can’t make ID Appel for downlod underestand

  • Roozbeh savoji

    In iran speed internet down very down

  • Haryad Kamal

    Thank you very much <3

  • GzyOnline

    Is there a way to email myself the .deb file using iFile directly on the iPhone after installing a package in Cydia? i’m on my iPhone 5S iOS 7.0.4, I’m installed a package from Cydia, I get the “Restart Springboard” button but I don’t press it, I multitask to iFile but there is no .deb file in /private/var/cache/apt/archives 🙁 Is it only possible to do this using a computer? :-/
    I download a lot of stuff while at work(no iFunbox access) and would like to email myself .deb files.
    Please advise, thanks!

  • Doug

    Thank you very much! This was exactly what I was looking for. 🙂