How to Jailbreak the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 on Linux

By , Jan 23, 2012

Now that the Linux version of Absinthe has been released, all major platforms have access to the jailbreak tools needed to jailbreak their iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

We’ve already covered how to jailbreak on OS X and Windows in depth, but we didn’t want to leave our Linux readers out in the cold.

Since there is no iTunes for Linux, things can be slightly more tricky, but it’s still extremely easy to apply the Absinthe untethered jailbreak on Linux.

Step 1: If you haven’t already, install the libimobiledevice package on your Linux distribution. This will allow Linux to talk to your iPad 2, iPhone 4S, and other iOS devices.

Installing this package is fairly easy. I’m on Ubuntu, and all I did was the following:

  • In terminal type: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmcenery/ppa
  • accept any warnings and install.
  • Next type: sudo apt-get update
  • Visit the Ubuntu software center and search for libimobiledevice, and install libimobiledevice-utils. It might then ask you to reboot. Do so, and upon reboot Linux should recognize your device.

Again, this could differ depending on your Linux distro, so just take this as a loose guide. For other distributions or more information, visit http://www.libimobiledevice.org/

Step 2: Download Absinthe v0.3 from our downloads page, and unpack on your desktop.

Step 3: If you’re on a x86 machine double click absinthe.x86, if you’re on a 64-bit machine (likely) double click absinthe.x86_64 to run Absinthe.

Step 4: Ensure that your device is powered on, and that Absinthe detects your device, then click Jailbreak.

Step 5: Let Absinthe finish the entire process, no user intervention is needed until then end. Once the loading bar is complete, find the Absinthe icon on your iDevice’s Home screen, and launch it to complete the jailbreak.

Step 6: Once your device reboots, you should see the Cydia icon on your desktop.

That’s it folks, easy peezy.

If you’re a Linux user, by all means sound off in the comments about Absinthe, jailbreaking, and iOS support in Linux in general, we’re interested in hearing your perspective on things.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sri-Nithi/100000269385993 Sri Nithi

    help me setup spire by using windows plz………

    • Anonymous

      LOL……………There must be an iPhone 4S proxy that you can connect to……………….thats it………………..if you install Spire………………..but cannot connect…………………..then there is no available proxy in your area……………….unless someone with an iPhone 4S makes one…………………………………………that lives respectively close to you…………………………………..I know……………………..bummer……………………………..

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sri-Nithi/100000269385993 Sri Nithi

        i have my frnd with 4s …but we dont have a mac….to make the proxy setting……

  • http://www.facebook.com/august.cabling August Cabling

    is there any news regarding unlock of the 4s? im on 5.0.1 (9A405) 1.0.13

    • Anonymous

      Buy an unlocked one. U mad, bro?

      • http://www.facebook.com/frank9000 Francesco Suarez

        i have a unlocked international iphone 4S but no unlocked within the US

  • http://fvkings.com/tag/farmville/ Aliraza

    thank s :D

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CMJYPSXLFHHWHISIEV5IF2XQ44 tora

    Hangs when setting up Absinthe. Left running for a good 30 mins or so before giving up. How long show it take after clicking on the icon? Running Ubuntu 11.10 64 bit trying to Jailbreak a freshly updated 5.0.1 on an Ipad-2.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frank9000 Francesco Suarez

    well i have spie on my ipodtouch but i have windows which i use ubuntu to do the siri proxy thing how do i use windows to do that i also have the VPN settings connected so that ic an use any wifi to connect to the host on my pc so i can have siri everywhere but i cant do it on windows

  • Michael Calamas

    I got up to step three, but when double clicking it, the only thing that came up was a file that looked like…. : hk@@8@@@ , it didnt open absinthe

    • Barry Smith

      Probably a bit too late now… But right click, go into properties, and set the executable bit? Then double click and it should work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mickeyglover0501 Mickey Glover

    When I open up absinthe it says I didnt extract all of the files. Ive deleted and redownloaded, but still says the same