As reported by iDB, a jailbreak for the Apple TV 4 and tvOS 9.1-10.1 was recently released by Jonathan Levin. If you’re interested in the ins and outs of his new tool, check out our article on the subject for more information.

In this guide we will focus instead on how to install the liberTV application to your Apple TV, and how to use it to jailbreak.

Before beginning, I recommend you read the official FAQ on the jailbreak, to avoid any common pitfalls.

Requirements

  • An Apple TV 4 running tvOS 10.0-10.1. Support for tvOS 9.1 will come later. Support for tvOS 10.1.1 will come never.
  • A USB-C cable to connect the Apple TV to your computer.
  • The aforementioned computer, running Mac, Linux or Windows.
  • The liberTV jailbreak app and the Cydia Impactor application.

Instructions

1) Connect your Apple TV 4 to your computer via USB-C.

2) Download Cydia Impactor for Mac, Linux, or Windows to your computer, and open it.

3) Download the liberTV app.

4) Ensure that Impactor is showing your Apple TV as connected in its interface, and then drag the liberTV.ipa file onto the Impactor window.

5) Hit Start and Impactor will prompt you for your Apple ID and password. Enter them. If you have two-step verification turned on for your Apple ID account, you cannot enter your normal password. Instead, log in to the Apple ID page, and request an app-specific password. Enter that into Impactor in the password field.

6) Impactor will now push the jailbreak app to your Apple TV 4. Once it’s complete, disconnect the Apple TV from your computer and connect it to your TV via HDMI.

7) The liberTV app should now be visible on your tvOS home screen. Launch it.

8) On the following page, select the options you want to use to jailbreak your Apple TV. I recommend selecting all of them for the full experience, but a less powerful subset can be selected if required. See the image below for my recommended settings.

9) Hit the Do it! button at the bottom of the screen and wait. The app will try to jailbreak the device.

10) At this point, it will either fail and reboot, or report the device successfully jailbroken. If it fails, simply launch the app again and retry; it is normal for the app to fail some percentage of attempts.

11) Once the app reports that the device is jailbroken, you are done! You can now SSH into your device with Dropbear, sideload apps, and generally do as you will.

Please note, nitoTV is not updated yet and can cause catastrophic problems. Please wait for an update before attempting to sideload and use it.

The jailbreak is semi-untethered, so you will have to reuse the liberTV app after each power cycle of your Apple TV. However, this shouldn’t be as much of an issue as on iOS, as Apple TVs are generally left plugged in and on standby at all times.

Let me know your success stories if you try it out, and please leave any questions in the comments section.

  • nana

    Thank you for everything u do for the community….

  • nana

    Can u also pls demonstrate how to ssh dropbear to apple tv4 thanks in advance.

    • Joaquim Barbosa

      Try the newest .ipa to re-jailbreak, and read the official FAQ. It has updated instructions on SSH to device.

      • ks_jal

        can you please provide the link for the newest ipa to re-jailbreak and updated instructions on SSH to device. Thank You So Much!

      • Joaquim Barbosa

        The .ipa can only be downloaded from the official site:

        http://newosxbook.com/libertv/libertv.ipa

        I have a guide on how to SSH to the ATV coming out today or tomorrow, look out for it!

    • Joaquim Barbosa

      SSH guide coming today or tomorrow, check it out!

  • Fevostone

    10.1.1 will come never why..?

  • DKjail

    Success! Your TV has been liberated.
    Success! Dropbear awaits you on port 22!

    -Two buttons:
    *Do It*
    *Spawn DropBear*.

    But the loading bar is like 50% “Done”.

    As Nana ask for, Can we get a demostrate on how to SSH ?
    -Cause i can’t get access 🙁

    THANKS FOR GUIDE !!
    Got a few fails, but thats life :p

    EDIT:

    Well,
    Press menu on ATV Remote, got to main menu, Frozen o__0

    Had to reboot

    • Hernán Grimberg

      How do you reboot?

      • DKjail

        Pull The plug..

    • Joaquim Barbosa

      SSH guide will be out today or tomorrow, check it out!

  • Yakir Manz

    The JB worked for me! Thanks!
    Still wondering how to side load unuffical apps (Kodi, ect.) without having to install them every single week

  • Greg S

    Luckily I turned off auto updates at 10.1.

    Will jailbreak this weekend. Then wait to see what magic devs conjure.

  • Fahad Tariq

    so whats the use of jailbreak?

    • ZeRoLiMiT

      nothing lol

  • Andrieux Querido

    Can we downgrade? i am on 10.1.1

    • DanielRojass

      i want to know this too

    • Mike

      No! Have you people been hiding under a rock?

  • Gabriel Schwartz

    SWEET

  • ks_jal

    I am trying it using Windows machine. But whenever I click the start button on Cydia impactor (step #5), it throws error “this feature requires android device”. I have iTunes installed on this windows machine. Am I missing something here? Sorry, trying to use these software first time. Please help!

    • Joaquim Barbosa

      Don’t run Impactor as administrator. Is the ATV showing in Impactor? Have you dragged the liberTV.ipa onto Impactor before starting?

  • Nir Revivo

    unsupported kpp layout??

    • Nir Revivo

      any one?

    • Joaquim Barbosa

      Just keep trying. Select either option, and the jailbreak will run. If it fails, it will just reboot. Then run the app again until it works.

  • Doug

    Once NitoTv and other 3rd party apps (kodi, provenance, etc) are updated, will you post a “how to” video on how to install those on a libertv jailbroken apple tv 4 using dropbear. Also, I have not been able to find a reliable download source for dropbear. The ones I have found download a file that is not able to run, becuase the file type is unknown. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks for the libertv update!

    • Joaquim Barbosa

      Dropbear is included in the jailbreak, you don’t need to install it from anywhere. I have a guide on how to ssh to ATV using dropbear coming out in the next day or so, keep an eye out for it! I will do a how-to on install apps if support for it ever comes. For now, use Cydia Impactor to sideload any extra apps you want.

  • Lakers Fan

    My question is iOS 10.1.1 iPhone 7 plus related, just wondering what the proper fix is for this Cydia error. Don’t want something installed non trust worthy. Thanks in advance https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/daae9e2724d42fd8a0e97ed94c635b6c6d77af145c8f89ecca4b5041633543ac.png

    • nana

      Bru type the error on YouTube u would get ur answer I tried it once

      • Lakers Fan

        I have done that but how do I know who is trustworthy. The substrate fix by someone got a lot of people in trouble. I don’t want it from someone I can’t trust. Tons of videos on YouTube, people lying just to get people to watch.

    • benzer1

      shut down cydia and restart it

  • siddique

    what advantage I ll get to jailbreak my apple tv 4 ?

  • Itsyaboy

    How do we ssh with dropbear? I tried ssh root@Apple-Tv.local and nothing

    • Pascal Renaud

      Be sure your appleTV and your computer are on the same WIFI network. Use this in terminal: ssh -p 22 root@192.168.1.124 It will ask for the password (alpine)

    • Joaquim Barbosa

      I have a guide on this coming out today if you want to check it out. It will cover how to change the root passwords too.

  • Al Williams

    once jaibroken how do i get koi to last more than 7 days?

  • Herb Gaj

    doesnt work anymore 🙁

  • Gabriel Schwartz

    Nice but does not worth the time I spent.
    It took me more than 10 times.
    It worked but after a while my ATV restarted and the JB was gone so I had to do it over again.
    Until this will be permanent and not semi-tethered I would not recommend it.
    Looks like I’m going to spend $99 for a developer account and sideload KODI for 1 year.
    Works much better without this JB.

  • Hernán Grimberg

    I succesfully jailbroke my atv4, but now it is stuck at the Menu screen. It is impossible to use the apple tv now. All frozen. Only Siri works. What is happening?

    • DKjail

      Pull The plug, try again 🙂

  • jay reed

    HELP mines says ”you already have a current iOS Development certificate or a pending certificate request

    • Joaquim Barbosa

      You need to revoke the certificates. Have you used Impactor/Extender on another device, an iOS device? Extender can revoke certificates if you have it, the installation will then work.

  • Doug

    So, the libertv jailbreak has been out for a while now. I haven’t seen any updates on what we can do with it. I have been waiting for NitoTv but seems like they have given up. Should we move on and update out Apple Tv 4?

  • Voits Winkler

    will i be able to store music on the physical iTv?