Pangu Mac

Although you never can tell with these sorts of things, it doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing an OS X version of Pangu in the immediate future. Although I’m sure that the Pangu guys are working feverishly on an OS X version of the jailbreak tool for iOS 8.x, it likely lags behind other priorities, such as translation, embedding Cydia, etc.

With that in mind, what options exist for those of us in Mac-only households? You could, of course, visit a friend who owns a Windows machine. Or, you can do what I always do, and install Pangu and jailbreak using a Windows virtual machine on OS X. In fact, you may be surprised (or not), but I don’t own a Windows machine, and haven’t in years. But I’m always able to jailbreak on day one due to my Windows virtual machines.

In this tutorial, I’ll tell you how to set up and install a virtual machine for free in order to jailbreak iOS 8.1 with Pangu on your Mac.

Step 1: Download and install Parallels Desktop 10. Parallels offers a free 14-day trial, which is more than enough time to jailbreak your iOS 8.x device using Pangu. It should at least hold you over until the OS X version of Pangu.

Step 2: Download the Windows 8.1 Enterprise evaluation. Microsoft offers a free 90-day trial for Windows 8.1, which is again, plenty of time to hold you over.

Step 3: Install Windows 8.1 using Parallels Desktop 10. The install process is simple. After you download Windows 8.1, launch Parallels, go to File → New, and click Install Windows from DVD or Image File. Point to the Windows .ISO file you downloaded in step 2, and the install process should begin.

Step 4: After you’re up and running with your Windows 8.1 virtual machine, install Parallels Tools by going to Action → Install Parallels Tools.

Step 5: Then it’s simply a matter of following our iOS 8.x jailbreak tutorial to jailbreak your iDevice running iOS 8.x. After that, you can use our other tutorial to install Cydia.

That’s pretty much it. You can easily jailbreak right now on OS X using this method. It’s what I do. It’s what I’ve always done. And it works every time. If you’re desperate for a jailbreak now, then use this method, it only take a few minutes once you’ve downloaded Windows.

What do you think? Will you try it?

  • Utrarunner5

    This is what I did. Worked perfectly just have to wait to get home to SSH into my phone the firewall at my work must block it because it won’t connect

    • Isabel John

      it likely lags behind other priorities, such as translation, embedding Cydia, etc.

      • Peter

        Jesus Kristi!

  • Chris Longden

    I jailbroke my device, then installed cydia only be plagued from being stuck on the apple logo when rebooting… (at this point i had re-enabled passcode)

    Managed to restore device and just doing a restore of my icloud backup… thinking i’ll wait until any bugs are ironed out…

    • Dr_Dash

      Don’t use a pass ode for now and you’ll be fine.

      • Chris Longden

        Id prefer to not jailbreak for now and keep passcode on… ill wait until they have fixed the issue…. cheers tho 🙂

    • spacewalk1

      I have passcode and touch id just fine so this issue is not affecting me at least, using iphone 6 plus with 8.1 here.

  • pham


  • I rather wait. This generation lacks patience.

    • Chaz

      Not sure its all about being impatient as some are just curious.

      • Jason Baroni

        It’s hard to find someone curious and patient at the same time, anyway.

  • Lordrootman

    hey guys help me out lemme know when adblock is updated for IOS 8.1 THANKS CHEEEESS

  • pauleebe

    Can we please just have the pangu tool updated to include Cydia? Now that substrate is out, we can have a fully functional jailbreak (although tweaks need to be updated still, but those will roll in like apps being updated for iOS 8)

    • Dr_Dash

      Wait til later today…

  • Ian Leon

    I have been proven wrong 🙂 and I’m happy about it

  • Ian Leon

    you need windows 8.1 to jailbreak iOS 8.1 … ironic coincidence

    • Dr_Dash

      No, you don’t.

      • Ian Leon

        i know Mr. Literal, I used XP

    • Sequoia Murray

      Nope, used Windows 7 to jailbreak my 6…

    • Bugs Bunnay

      using windows 95 here! lmao

      • Jordan Atkinson

        took you ten miniutes to post lol ^

  • Ivan lopez

    doesn’t work keep receiving errors

    • Drew

      Same thing. I’m using parallels to use pangu and the jailbreak isn’t working. Very weird things happening. It gets to step 2/6 and starts loading percentages. I soon realized it would only go up in percentage if I moved my mouse.. Kept moving my mouse for a while and it seemed to be in an endless loop of percentages. Anyone else?..

  • Louis Cameron

    “Although I’m sure that the Pangu guys are working feverishly on an OS X version of the jailbreak tool for iOS 8.x, it likely lags behind other priorities, such as translation, embedding Cydia, etc.”

    Don’t be so sure… from their twitter: @PanguTeam Also we will promise a Mac version, but not in very near future. We still have lots of work to do. Thanks for understanding.

  • Gamervictim

    Bytafont 2 tweaks works with ios8 jail broken devices

  • ND Tou

    Command won’t work for me added the 2 files to roots but when I send the command nothing happens I get error something pangu installer missing .

    • Gamervictim

      Make sure u have tow hyphen before the second command line this trick should do it

    • Gamervictim

      use –install instead of -install
      Let me know if that work for you pllz

      • ND Tou

        Thx worked , did u have any problem with safari and iMessage not sending pictures

  • J. Rockwell

    I have been through this so many times that I know to just be patient and in no time pangu will come out with an update that is just a push of the button jailbreak that’s is easy, Mac OS compatible, installs Cydia, and gives devs enough time to update the tweaks that I actually use. Still ballin’ on 7.1.2!!!

  • Gamervictim

    Idownloadblog need an app in the App Store as soon as possible

  • Tyler Smith

    i want swipeselection…….. lol

    • Gamervictim

      It works after the update

      • Tyler Smith

        i know but i don’t wanna go through all the hoops of jailbreaking rn

  • Straw hat

    I say wair because its buggy and it’ll be better to wait month or 2 for tweaks to be updated for the newer devices.

  • Marvin

    Thx man

  • Jon

    SwipeSelection, yay!
    TetherMe, boo!
    f.lux, yay!
    FlipControlCenter… hmmm…..

  • Zen Kaojarern

    Hi, Jeff. I just want to ask you a few questions. I want to use some external keyboard like Logitech Ultrathin etc. But it seems that navigation within the iOS seems the be pain in the ass. In safari, you can do command+T/command+W and stuff. But when you want to navigate the page it’s impossible. You’ll still need your fingers which lifting them up and down kinda hurt. Here’s my question. Is there any jailbreak tweaks that support navigation (scrolling, selecting, backing,alt+tab, etc) from physical keyboard? Thank you.
    ps. sorry if i’m asking in the wrong topic.

  • Marnik

    You’re not gonna say you don’t have a friend around with a windows pc ? ..

  • George Gabunia

    i have mac and i restore my phone … now i cann’t jailbreak it with pangu… please help me someone or told me when will be mac version of jb?

  • JThomas619

    I can’t even get the Windows to install because it’s saying it can’t find the Windows Product Key. Any ideas?

  • caddy

    the jailbreaking proccess stuck at some point in step 2 !! any ideas ?

    • Drew

      Same thing! No idea

  • DanielRojass

    it fails after the second step, i restored to 8.1 and everything

  • Jessica Nystrom

    i cant get widOWS 8 installed on my mac, i download it and do the parallels and it says cant be found..

  • Peter

    I need a download manager to complete the download? I’ll find another way that doesn’t require signing up for a lifetime of emails from Microsoft and parallels.

  • superjoho

    Should I download the 32 bit or 64 bit version of windows enterprise 8.1???

  • Ashley Martinez

    I installed a virtual machine on my Mac to jailbreak and it doesn’t want to recognize my iPhone. Any ideas?

  • TheWatcher

    the Window’s Enterprise download file won’t open on my parallels? any ideas?

    • thunderthigh

      I don’t have the answer but have the same problem! Anyone have a solution for this? I’m on a Macbook Pro mid 2007 2,2 Ghz. As I understand it, the requirements are met fot windows 8.1..

    • thunderthigh

      I got it to work by deleting and redownload the .iso file.

      • TheWatcher

        didn’t work for me.. i deleted and redownloaded it 3x.

        did you drag the .iso file to the “Drag the Image File Here* Area?

      • thunderthigh

        Yes I did. But I gave up on Parallels and used VMware Fusion instead because Parallels continuously asked for the Windows license which wasn’t needed because I downloaded the trial version. VMware Fusion worked from the beginning without a problem.