Use CydiaUpdates to manually install .deb packages when Cydia is unreliable

By , Feb 5, 2013

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Remember when Jay Freeman said that Cydia wouldn’t get bogged down by the massive demand for users of the evasion jailbreak, thanks to measures like including the package catalog in Cydia? The lesson here is to never underestimate the demand for jailbreaking. At its peak, Freeman’s servers were hit with over 4 million HTTP hits per five minutes. There aren’t many independent websites that can survive that kind of spike in traffic overnight, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that downloading tweaks through the Cydia app remains an unreliable process…

iTools AutoinstalliTools.hk automatically sets up the Cydia AutoInstall folder.

If you are still getting errors in Cydia, you can try installing .deb packages manually through Cydia’s AutoInstall folder. We already have an excellent guide for manually installing these packages.

One point I should add is that as long as your device is jailbroken, you can access Cydia’s AutoInstall folder through iTools.hk (see our downloads section) without having to fuss around with SSH. This is a huge benefit if you’ve just jailbroken your device and are having problems installing OpenSSH in the first place.

cydiaupdatesCydiaUpdates isn’t a mirror, the site just indexes repositories.

The problem is finding the tweaks and packages when the repos can’t be reliably accessed through the Cydia app. One workaround I’ve found effective is to search for the direct links for packages through an indexing site, like CydiaUpdates.net. Although Cydia returned errors from several repositories, I was able to download and successfully install several .deb packages directly from the repos in question.

That said, this approach takes some planning. Most repositories automate processes like checking for package dependencies and compatibility. You can take advantage of this by making a note of all the dependencies on the Confirm screen before attempting to install a package through Cydia.

cydia dependencies

There are also a couple limitations to keep in mind: you won’t be able to install your paid apps without using the Cydia app itself, and this workaround won’t help if the repository hosting servers are offline completely. However, I was able to use this method to install SBSettings last night, just hours after the largest spike in traffic, while Cydia was still giving me errors.

We’ve heard the following suggestion before, so please note that jailbreak developers generally frown on unauthorized hosting of free tweaks through mirror repositories. Among other issues, mirror repos may not preserve dependencies or fail to push critical updates in time. This tends to cause headaches for developers.

If you’ve had difficulty installing tweaks through Cydia, let us know in the comments section if our workaround helps.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/caleb.sconiers Caleb Sconiers

    I downloaded iCleaner to my iPhone 4 running on iOS 6.1, but during the process of cleaning up my phone, it stopped and then froze, I reset it and now all I get is safe mode, there is no way around safe mode as of now. I went in and uninstalled all the tweaks I had and still only get to safe mode.

    • cruzcontrol1001

      Must have erased an essential part of the iOS in the process may have to restore

      • Damian W

        probably erased jailbreak :P

      • cruzcontrol1001

        LOL

    • Blero Kazanova

      hold both buttons till show apple logo restart u will get out of safemode also caused by winterboard

    • http://twitter.com/BillyKillerz Billy Jones

      You are going to need to restore your device if you want this issue to stop.

    • GuiyeC

      Booting up with “Volume +” will boot up with MobileSubstrate deactivated, if this works I suggest uninstalling MobileSubstrate through Cydia which will uninstall all the tweaks that depend on it, then reinstalling them one by one until you get to the problem.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dano6302 Daniel Mclellan

      RESTORE IT !!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=829245704 Matthew Cleveland

    Nice. I personally prefer to get them from the official repositories so I get first notification when there’s an update, but I know some will love this idea with all the traffic Cydias been getting.

    • JaeM1llz

      Even if you install the packages manually, you will still get update notifications.

    • http://Michaelschnier.tumblr.com Michael Schnier

      The links are straight from the official repositories. :)

  • Joe Benning

    Nice work, Jay! Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

    Everything just seems to install now, no more issues for me on Cydia on any device. Yesterday it was all errors, had to even reset and jailbreak one device again due to the “size mismatch” error… All good now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003172597133 Ecc Thanh

    Is there a tweak that turns on the blue status bar in app for iPad?

  • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.jusu Patrick Jusu

    every single thing that i try to download installs substrate safe mode, and when i go to my settings tto enable the tweak, it is not there. Instead, my phone goes into safe mode, I Try deleting substrate safe mode, and i install another tweak, but every single tweak installs substrate safe mode. Idk what to do someone please help me!

    • Foggytown

      If you have the WeatherIcon tweak, uninstall for now. That fixed my Safe Mode issue! Good Luck!

    • ramo

      I’m having a similar issue with certain tweaks and apps. Other’s install no problem. Not totally sure, assuming it is either a compatibility issue OR just something not installing correctly due to the high traffic on Cydia. If anyone can clarify for me also I would appreciate it :)

    • Damian W

      did you install preference loader? it is responsible for showing tweaks in your settings panel.

    • ElXlR ELXLR

      Mobile SUBSTRATE safe mode is important, if any tweak fails, you will be in this mode so can delete the tweak and respring it and mobile will be fine, it is to keep your mobile safe.

      and there are no tweaks in settings if you don’t download PREFERENCE loader, , instead , download ACTIVATOR, it will install all required basic tweaks. It will definitely help.

    • Ronald Weaver

      Get crash reporter and remove the broken package. If not try downloading the small packages individually for bigger packages. Hope this helps.

  • Luis Finke

    ewwww windows 8

    • http://Michaelschnier.tumblr.com Michael Schnier

      Nah, I’m still on Vista. (Ewwww, Windows Vista.)

  • Tr1pTr0p

    I don’t mind these glitches and servers being overloaded, since I’m having way too much fun with my new Mac. February 4th, the best tech day of my life!

    • Kurt

      pathetic life you got

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000603361739 Osama Muhammed

        Tell me more about the great life you got

      • Kurt

        you first obama

      • Tr1pTr0p

        At least I can read, and I’m not so painfully obsessed with Obama. :)

      • legalidiot

        Ultimate fail.

      • Kurt

        Why? I thought it was pretty funny. Guess you don’t have a sense of humor. You must be fun at parties.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jawn.weedbix Sandy Cook

        Miss the point much?

      • Tr1pTr0p

        Oh, yes, of course. Because getting a Mac means I have a pathetic life… Yeah, right… You must be fun at parties.

      • Kurt

        I sit in the corner alone at parties. I’m a riot.

  • sadaN

    Can everyone stop installing stuff for a couple of minutes please?

    LOL

    :D

  • kim w

    sooo random questions, what tweaks/apps are you guys downloading

    • John156

      I’m going to get Intelliscreen x, Bitesms, Springtomize, auxo, sbsettings, winterboard

      • http://www.facebook.com/kenrick88 Kenrick Fernandes

        is intelliscreen optimized for iphone 5 ? : (

      • Hendo27

        yes

    • http://twitter.com/mrmyco Myco Chen

      Slidecenter for notification center!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/tafk1 Taf Khan

      I got zypher, barrel, dreamboard, sbsettings. It’s a good deal when you pay once and download on two devices. The best dream board theme I got is on the iPad, it’s the best theme ever “os x mountain lion ultimatum”.

  • @dongiuj

    Zephyr not working too well on iphone 5 ios 6.1
    Anyone else having issues?

    • http://twitter.com/AmpxMC David Morones

      Yea sometimes when I close apps I get a black screen

      • @dongiuj

        Yeah i get that when swiping through apps back to the homescreen. Also have problems with the screen rotation not rotating.

      • Joonyaboy

        They are working on an update

    • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.tilden.9 Jamie Tilden

      Yeah it sometimes just doesn’t work on my iPad mini. My iPhone runs it very smoothly so far.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002136300838 Michael Hulet

        Why would you use Zephyr on an iPad mini? If I’m not mistaken, stock iOS has Multitasking Gestures on all iPads, including mini

      • RarestName

        So that you can invoke everything with one finger.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Hazlett/100000399685156 John Hazlett

    Is anyone else having problems with Gridlock? I see on it’s description it’s only showing “including support for iOS5.1.1.” Perhaps it’s not yet compatible with 6.1?
    It download like a champ but immediately my phone goes into safe mode.
    Any information would be appreciated.

    • http://twitter.com/AmpxMC David Morones

      Doesn’t it say they’re still working on an update? I don’t know I’m losing track of all of these tweaks.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Hazlett/100000399685156 John Hazlett

        I didn’t see that but I hope you’re right. Thanks.

    • FasiYoo

      Yeah me too. Hope they can fix this glitch soon. Also having problems with auxo & zephyr, auxo don’t show up. My phone & contacts icons aren’t visible on the springboard anywhere

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002136300838 Michael Hulet

        I have both working just fine on my 5th Generation iPod touch… Try reinstalling them

    • Clay Bradford

      I have the same issue with gridlock and swipedock. But zephyr is working like a charm

  • JV

    i allready save my deb files with debian saver

    • Kurt

      On which repo? I searched for it but to no avail. :(

  • JinOnyxMusic

    Has anyone been having battery issues? I don’t know what it is, but I installed IntelliscreenX on my iPhone 5 iOS 6.1 and proceeded about my day. When I felt my iPhone vibrate in my pocket and received a text message, I felt my iPhone was too warm, almost hot! So I proceeded to use it and the battery kept on draining faster than I have ever seen it go down. If anyone has any advice of similar problems, please help me out. Thanks.

  • Kurt

    I don’t understand. I don’t have these problems. I just go on and download, download, download. Get tweaks first time and fast.

    • Damian W

      yesterday until late night cydia was impossible. Today is like ice skating if compared to yesterday.

      • Kurt

        (I was just kidding. I had problems) But now, it is much much easier! I’m finally getting many in a row with little trouble.

  • n0ahcruz3

    zephyr works perfectly with ipad mini same with swipe selection, now waiting for auxo to be compatible with the ipad

  • Eric Jin

    I can’t install things such as appcake or vshare through ifunbox or cydia ):

  • http://twitter.com/setaneka Bisikan Syaiton

    Finally, I’ve got the taste of Apple maps, yeah I can confirm that it sucks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jawn.weedbix Sandy Cook

    Cydia ain’t the problem, the repos are. Please research your stories prior to posting

    • http://Michaelschnier.tumblr.com Michael Schnier

      I was able to download packages directly from repos I wasn’t able to access through Cydia. Them’s the facts.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jawn.weedbix Sandy Cook

        Correlation doesn’t mean causation numbnuts

      • Kurt

        Jerky boys reference?

      • http://Michaelschnier.tumblr.com Michael Schnier

        While that’s true, I didn’t say anything about causation. I said this worked outside of Cydia when it would fail repeatedly inside Cydia’s browser, and it did.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jawn.weedbix Sandy Cook

        Implication

      • http://Michaelschnier.tumblr.com Michael Schnier

        Just because you inferred something doesn’t mean I implied it.

  • Gary Ehrlich

    My thought was to use ifile and safari DM but couldn’t get those installed. This is a good alternitive.

  • http://twitter.com/sasha_lytvyn Sasha Lytvyn

    exit cydia, kill it in app switcher, relaunch and it will load and instal now
    may have to do it for each tweak
    worked with all my downloads tonight

  • http://www.facebook.com/living4angel Pankaj Rana

    I installed Appsync 4x – 6x from sinfuliphonerepo.. after installing it, im not able to sync my cracked app from itunes to iphone, (so im installing them with iFunbox) is it also happening to you?,, is Appsync properly updated :/

  • Don

    both iMessage and FaceTime waiting for activation after jailbreak…. I did network reset but no help

  • http://www.facebook.com/endriu.andrei Endriu Andrei

    anybody using foldericons ? doesnt seem to work in ios 6.1. crashes when i try to open folder

  • http://www.facebook.com/endriu.andrei Endriu Andrei

    hghf

  • arkadiush14

    is thera a tweak on cydia (or another way) to change witch microphone is working while recording a video?

  • Rainbows

    Can someone please direct me to infomation on how to remove this jailbreak on iPad 2 ios 6.0. Restore isn’t working. Please thankyou.

    • http://Michaelschnier.tumblr.com Michael Schnier

      Put your iPad into recovery mode.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002136300838 Michael Hulet

      Try putting it into DFU Mode and then restoring it.. If you don’t know how to enter DFU Mode, watch one of Jeff’s tutorials on how to jailbreak a Limera1n device (firmware version doesn’t matter). Entering DFU is the same on the iPad 2

  • wonderboydave

    man… official repos are down. time to put in unofficial repos.

  • prince

    i have jaibroken and downloaded some apps dey r not working and phone is unable to exit safe mode

  • http://www.facebook.com/praful.ravariya Praful Ravariya

    I have accidentally deleted my dpkg file in cydia can anyone help me what should I do now please help me friend