Cylinder Hero

I’ve always thought of Barrel as one of the flagship jailbreak tweaks that define why jailbreaking is so cool. I was vindicated in my reasoning when Saurik admitted to using Barrel on his own device.

Barrel, as you know, is the jailbreak tweak that allows you to have crazy app icon animations on your Home screen whenever you swipe between pages. It’s a legendary tweak, and it’s been updated for iOS 7.

In my opinion, no jailbreak tweak has ever really come close to challenging Barrel’s feature-set and ease of use, and that remains the case to this day. But there is one interesting jailbreak tweak from developer Reed Weichler that you should definitely keep your eye on. The tweak is called Cylinder, and while it doesn’t (yet) have all of the animations contained in Barrel, it does a good job at allowing for similar effects.

The big difference between Barrel and Cylinder is that anyone can add animation effects to Cylinder by means of a well-placed Lua script. Lua is a lightweight and powerful scripting language, which means it takes relatively few lines of code to create a proper animation for Cylinder.

The really awesome thing about making Cylinder animations is that the necessary code doesn’t require OS X, Xcode, or any of the like. In fact, you can write an entire Cylinder animation from scratch using a simple text editor. Once the script is completed, just upload, and select the name of the animation in the tweak’s preferences. You don’t even need to respring!

Cylinder Settings

Cylinder’s settings are very similar to Barrel’s, just less options

Once you install Cylinder, you’ll need to head to the stock Settings app where you’ll find a preference panel for the tweak. Inside the Cylinder’s preferences, you’ll notice six built-in effects like Chomp, Cube, and Spin. The built in animations are good, and you’ll instantly see why Reed dubbed it as being a Barrel clone.

But Reed also notes that the effects performed by Cylinder look superior to some of those performed by Barrel, and he uses the Cube animation as an example. After comparing each animation side-by-side, I have to agree, at least when it comes to the cube animation.

Cylinder lua scripts

The minimal lua scripts that create the animations found in Cylinder

Even better is the fact that Cylinder is free to try right now. Simply add the the beta repo to your Cydia sources in order to download his release. The repo address is as follows: For more information about Cylinder, hit up his thread on /r/jailbreak.

It’s going to be really awesome to see what type of animations that the community comes up with. I can see Cylinder really taking off due to its easy-to-use and open nature. What do you think?

  • kahlil velayo

    looks great, sleek and smooth. tried it. keep it for awhile.

    • It’s extremely smooth and impressive for what is essentially a beta.

  • patmack

    Not to offend Barrel, but I like the effects on Cylinder much more.

    • I love me some Barrel, but I like where Cylinder is going for sure.

      • Windy Joseph

        agreed, I know nothing about coding.
        Barrel offer simplicity.
        Cylinder has potential.

      • Antzboogie

        Barrel’s cube animation is better sorry lol. This app Cylinder has potential because it is open makes it have no boundaries for sure!!

      • LOLOL

        Really? I would put Cylinder miles ahead. It is a lot more smooth than Barrel, does not jitter, and does not have the shading folder bug that Barrel has. Not to mention Cylinder is free and open source

  • Tommy Latsch

    Could be great if there could be a shared place to download new animations like flex 2 has

    • Matt Taylor

      Or a section in Cydia

    • Lebron

      If you’re on reddit there’s a subreddit. /r/cylinder

  • Gucciipad

    After I downloaded this I’m going to uninstall barrel

  • Spider_Pig27

    Whats the repo?

    • Brandon Higgins

      Second to last paragraph….

    • dan

      r333d . com / repo
      no space of course

  • @nc0der

    when are we suppose to see the OLD tv effect for iOS 7

  • patrick

    Awesome Thing is That you can use both at the same time, for instance when you use vertical scrolling on barrel and spin on cylinder, it spins the icons while the page is going vertical

    • Antzboogie

      Wow seriously? Im about to try out thanks!

  • OQR

    The only thing that would make this tweak better than barrel is if it will be compatible with DashBoardX widgets.

  • Antzboogie

    I love them both and I miss Livewire 🙁

  • Joel Mattsson

    Could somebody make that cylinder cube go round and round almost like on android home screen, now when we don’t have Spotlight search on the left side anymore we could have any screen as the home screen

    • Jitesh J

      Try it with the tweak Mobius

  • I was surprised to see how good this tweak is! You should try combining effects from Barrel and Cylinder. Try Page fade in Barrel together with Spin in Cylinder. This has huge potential!

    • Greg S.

      Nice man ! I actually accidentally found out how to do this when I installed Cylinder. you’re right, this does have huge potential !

  • Imran Ar

    Hey, how do I get the options as shown in the picture here.. is there a tweak for it?

    • LOLOL

      iFile? When you tap on a file in iFile those options should pop up.

  • Chris Longden

    Barrel: Page Fade
    Cylinder: Spin

    very nice!

    • Roberto Fontana

      woooooooooooooooooooooo awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Frank

    Flappy Bird installed 😉

    • Jonathan

      What’s that have to do with Cylinder?

      • Cool

        If you think about it, everything.

      • Jonathan

        Thought about it for 1.062 seconds. Didn’t think of anything.

      • Roberto Fontana

        Then I’ve got bad news for you, son.

  • diggitydang

    With Barrel, when I came out of an app or unlocked my device and switched screens quickly, the first animation would not work. I suspect it might have something to do with speeding up the animations on the device. In any case, the same issue doesn’t appear in cylinder so until I get sick of the animations, cylinder is in, barrel is out.

    • Roberto Fontana

      Same here, and I thought the same (that it was due to the faster animations)

  • Micky Ganon

    there is noting like a good free tweak… bye bye Barrel

  • Greg S.

    Thanks Jeff ! I have always loved the quality stuff you have done for this community. I successfully installed Cylinder ( I’m on IOS 6.1.4 ) and it works perfectly ! I’ve had Barrel installed for a couple years now and left it active when installing Cylinder. I now have a custom animation by having both activated at the same time. I had curl and roll away activated with Barrel and when I installed Cylinder it was already activated after respring with the cube outside animation and the combo of the 2 make a custom animation ! give it a try.

  • Rob_Huska

    If you like the random stuff, set both Barrel and Cylinder to to random! You get some pretty crazy combos.

  • Greg Warren

    And I recently bought Barrel…this looks far more promising long term, with how open it is to developers!

  • Dylan Tyler

    Love that it is light weight!

  • Cool

    It sucks for the barrel developer…

  • daniel

    BestEver. you can mix animations together to create more effects

  • Gongs

    Will this use less battery than barrel??