Just like RedSn0w, PwnageTool is an application developed by the iPhone Dev Team that allows you to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Unlike RedSn0w, PwnageTool creates custom iOS firmware images to user-defined specifications.
Why would you want to use PwnageTool? Because PwnageTool allows you to create custom firmwares while preserving the baseband – a key component of an iPhone unlock – it is usually used by iPhone users who want to unlock their iPhones. To be honest, besides the ability to preserve your baseband, there isn’t much compelling reasons to use PwnageTool.
One great benefit to using PwnageTool though is that it allows you to pre-install jailbreak applications so that you don’t have to manually add these applications one by one later. The only downsides to PwnageTool are that it is a Mac only application, and that it always requires to put your iPhone in DFU mode to complete the jailbreak process.
In short, if you don’t care about an iPhone unlock and you don’t care about pre-installing jailbreak apps, then you’d be better off using RedSn0w. However, if you think you might ever need to unlock your iPhone, it would be wise to use PwnageTool as a safety measure.
What Device and iOS Version Can PwnageTool Jailbreak?
To this day, PwnageTool can be used to jailbreak the following iOS devices:
- iPhone 4: 5.0.1, 4.3.3, 4.3.2, 4.3.1, 4.3, 4.2.6, 4.2.1, 4.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.1, 4.0, 3.1.3
- iPhone 3GS: 5.0.1, 4.3.3, 4.3.2, 4.3.1, 4.3, 4.2.6, 4.2.1, 4.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.1, 4.0, 3.1.3
- iPhone 3G: 4.2.1, 4.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.1, 4.0, 3.1.3
- iPad 1: 5.0.1, 4.3.3, 4.3.2, 4.3.1, 4.3, 4.2.1, 3.2.2
- iPod Touch 4G: 5.0.1, 4.3.3, 4.3.2, 4.3.1, 4.3, 4.2.1, 4.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.1, 4.0, 3.1.3
- iPod Touch 3G: 5.0.1, 4.3.3, 4.3.2, 4.3.1, 4.3, 4.2.1, 4.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.1, 4.0, 3.1.3
- iPod Touch 2G: 4.2.1, 4.1, 4.0.2, 4.0.1, 4.0, 3.1.3
This list will be updated as new versions of PwnageTool are released.
As mentioned above, PwnageTool is a Mac only application.
You can download PwnageTool from our downloads section. We are “archiving” older versions of PwnageTool but we suggest you always download the very latest version available. It is a fairly light application so downloading PwnageTool shouldn’t take more than just a few seconds.
PwnageTool Jailbreak Guide and Tutorial
This tutorial will show you how to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch using PwnageTool. This guide will be updated as often as required. Click here for the latest PwnageTool tutorial.