Cylinder Featured

Cylinder—the jailbreak tweak inspired by Barrel—has been updated and listed on Cydia’s BigBoss repo. The tweak, which we previewed back in February, allows you to add various animation effects to the icons on your iPhone’s Home screen.

The awesome thing about Cylinder is that it allows users to create their own animations via special Lua scripts, and combine multiple animations by layering them on top of one another. Cylinder is a tweak that’s much deeper than it might seem on the surface. Check out our updated video walkthrough inside to learn more.

To find all of Cylinder’s settings, you’ll need to open the stock Settings app and find its preferences. Inside of Cylinder’s preferences, you’ll find a kill-switch, a randomization toggle, and two sections for effects and formulas.

The effects section allows you to choose from a plethora of effects from various developers. Even more effects have been added since we last took Cylinder for a test drive, and there’s some real good ones in here. Be sure to watch the video to get a taste of what to expect from the new effects.

iPhone Screenshot

But the real interesting thing this time around is the ability to not only layer different effects on top of each other, but to remember those layers by means of custom formulas. Formulas are basically a fancy way of saying that Cylinder will remember specific effect combinations and their order of selection.

Cylinder 4

New formulas can be added by selecting a group of effects, going into the formulas section, and creating a new formula. You can then enable that formula at any time to relive an effect combination that you’ve deemed worthy.

Cylinder is an impressive feat, and this latest update builds on the solid cornerstone initially laid. It’s definitely one of the top jailbreak tweaks of 2014, and it’s a steal at its current price, which just happens to be $0.

If you have yet to try Cylinder, now is the time to do so. Head over to Cydia’s BigBoss repo and download it today. Once you do, sound off down below with your thoughts, suggestions, and opinions.

  • Jonathan Ramirez

    It’s the best.

  • Aden Bauer

    so much better than barrel. and its free, unlike barrel, lol.

    • Antzboogie

      Barrel is cylinder’s biological father+mother. Respect your parents.

      • Jack Burton


  • jzack

    any battery issues with this tweak?

    • Zero2029

      Nope… No issues. If you want to monitor what apps or tweaks might be draining you battery download “Top” from cydia and run it from mobile terminal. Run it by typing top -u and you’ll start seeing processes/daemons. O and make sure you quit top by pressing “q” otherwise it will run in the background until you reboot your phone.

      • jzack

        ok thank you.. great info! 🙂

  • x-commando-x

    Sry im off-topic here but i wanna ask if i can downgrade from IOS 7.1 to IOS 7.0.6 on my iphone 4 and if that geeksn0w JB is legit and functional

    • if you have blobs, you might, geeksn0w is legit and fuctional. i have tested that one myself.

      • x-commando-x

        Thx for the JB info but it seems that there is no tool that can downgrade to IOS 7.0.x thats what google said

      • maybe tinyumbrella with tss server running?

  • Techno Ventures

    Caramelo , Releasing tomorrow (April 1st)

    What do you think?

    • Jinbei

      It looks….sweet.

      • Techno Ventures

        Thank You!

        Its free to download!

  • Svs

    My favourite is the zoom alt no combination

  • iPhone Hrvatska

    I know this is not place to ask this, but…is there way for me to get 7.1 UI sliders and answering icons on 7.0.4 with a theme or any other way?

  • Lutiher

    Unbelievable. 🙂 Such a waste of effort. For such useless gimmick. Such counterproductive and, first of all, counter ergonomic bullshit. Humans are incredible, doing such things just for fun. 🙂

    Just MHO, of course. 🙂

    • pitcherday

      Doing something for fun? Why would anyone consider such a thing??? 😉

    • rweichler

      Yeah i agree this tweak sucks shit

  • Marcus Gomita

    This looks groovy!

  • Beta382

    I see my name! 😀

  • Jake Rogers

    How do I upload a gif?

  • David Aguirre

    I have a dumb ? How or why would someone create a tweek and than release it free of charge ? What’s the reward if any for that developer?

    • jzack

      more like satisfaction for the developers.. or for marketing purpose

    • rweichler

      i didnt know you could make money off of it. i thought everyone pirated tweaks and it wasn’t worth it to sell it. guess i was wrong :p

  • f1ght3r

    The title should read: ‘…Now Available on BigBoss’. Technically it was available on Cydia previously, albeit on a beta repo, but it was still on Cydia. Now, it is available to a greater market on a default repo.

    • Cydia = the default repos. Since BigBoss is a default repo, that’s Cydia (at least to me). But I see your point.

  • weztimonial

    i love rubik’s cube (complex)!!

    • Marcus Gomita

      me too it’s awesome!

    • Beta382

      I <3 you too

  • Nirvana

    Looks like Cylinder is gonna take Barrel’s place

  • Jake Rogers

    No comments? I needed so many tweaks just to put this up here lol.

  • Jameel

    I apologise for going off topic, but it there a tweak for remove the spacing in between lines for the lyrics in the music player? The lyrics look fine on iTunes but not on the phone. It was fine in iOS6 but in iOS 7 it’s horrible

  • Jameel

    I apologise for going off topic, but it there a tweak for remove the spacing in between lines for the lyrics in the music player? The lyrics look fine on iTunes but not on the phone. It was fine in iOS6 but in iOS 7 it’s horrible

  • Micaiah Martin

    What makes this soooo much better than barral (aside from the price tag) is the fact that devs can make their own effects! Also the animations are so much more fluid!

  • Aden Bauer

    not like that

  • Chris S

    Looks like a nice tweak. I’m using Springtomize3 for animations right now, but free is for me. Thanks for the great videos. It’s such a pleasure to watch the reviews.

  • Jack Burton

    I’m so glad I finally jailbroke. It opens up the iPod/iPhone/iPad so much

  • Abu Wajd

    why when i chois rondomize the springboard crashed