The same developer who made the script for switching between Mac partitions into a standalone application is back with a new jailbreak tweak called SpotFile. This tweak brings basic iFile functionality directly to Spotlight search, allowing users to navigate iOS’s filesystem from the Home screen.

While it was built for granting quick access to the file directory in iOS, SpotFile’s functionality can do quite a bit more than simply browse files and directories, and the developer says there are more features on the way…

Even now, SpotFile packs a lot of features into Spotlight, including the abilities to:

  • Open in iFile
  • Open in MyFile
  • Delete an item
  • Attach a file to an email
  • Upload a file to Dropbox
  • Save a photo to Camera Roll
  • Copy a file path
  • Install a Debian package

In the future, SpotFile is slated to gain the additional capabilities of previewing images and renaming items – all from Spotlight search.


SpotFile primarily targets advanced jailbreakers who find themselves frequently navigating their device’s directory. A quick pull on Spotlight allows users to begin typing any file path to view its contents, and all the files and folders contained within the specific index can be browsed and managed from Spotlight. There’s also a conveniently placed “Back” button for going up a level in a directory.

There aren’t any options to configure, but SpotFile installation requires SearchLoader, which is free in Cydia. As with any tweak dependency, this is automatically downloaded and installed along with SpotFile.

SpotFile is available in Cydia’s BigBoss repo for $1.49 for both iPhone and iPad. If you pick up a copy, be sure to let us know what you think in the comments!

  • Umut Bilgiç

    Great post! But I start to wonder where Jeff is :0

    Writing a Pebble Easter Blog? 😀

    • nonchalont

      Exactly, Jeff’s videos were great at seeing a visual of the tweak. Hope Jeff is okay or he may be on vacation and taking a break from blogging.

      • Umut Bilgiç

        Nah, he is all good up and running. I listen to the podcasts and he sounds all good to me at least. But yeah, I wish he did more tweak reviews or cool tutorials this time around.

        But hey, I really like the way iDownloadblog is doing. It seems the audience gets bigger and bigger everyday 😀

  • אביאור רוקח

    Filza is the best file manger for iOS

  • Macy Palacio

    you need to type in the whole path before you can see the file itself.. 🙁

    i thought when you type the file name (example is a video file within var), it will automatically locate it, but i guess not. You need to access var folder and its sub folders then you can search for the file again.

    • Umut Bilgiç

      Yeah, kind of a bummer. But even with the faster iPhone 5s and iOS 7, it is a very CPU heavy task to hierarchical file system search. So that is why I guess the developer might not have included such a feature cause it takes so long that you think it might have crashed or smth 😀

  • How quick is the search? iFiles is woefully slow. Also do you have to know the exact file / path or can you do things like *.jpg or myVideo and have it automatically search the filesystem? If it can’t then it’s worth know more than $.99 in my opinion.