Dune: A free and open-source dark mode jailbreak tweak

The jailbreak community is no stranger to dark mode-centric jailbreak tweaks, but the bulk of them cost money to be downloaded. Given the circumstances, dark mode lovers might be particularly excited to learn about a free release called Dune by iOS developer Skitty.

As you’ll see in the screenshot examples above, Dune can be used to give your mobile operating system a darker aesthetic overall. The tweak is designed to darken various UI elements found throughout the operating system, such as:

  • Notifications
  • 3D Touch menus
  • Widgets
  • Folders
  • Dock
  • Keyboard
  • Spotlight Search
  • And more…

It’s worth noting that Dune isn’t a replacement for well-established dark mode jailbreak tweaks like Eclipse, but it can work in tandem with some of those tweaks to complete the dark mode experience. More specifically, Dune won’t turn white app backgrounds black; instead, it only impacts those interfaces mentioned above.

Upon installing Dune, you will find a dedicated preference pane in the Settings app where you can configure the tweak to your liking:

Here, you can:

  • Toggle Dune on or off on demand
  • Choose a dark mode style
    • Dark
    • Darker
    • Black
  • Enable darker notifications
  • Enable darker 3D Touch-based notification context menus
  • Enable darker widgets
  • Enable darker 3D Touch menus
  • Enable darker folders
  • Enable darker Dock
  • Enable darker keyboard
  • Enable darker Spotlight search bar

The developer provides a respring button at the top right of the interface, and it should be used whenever you make adjustments to the tweak’s options to ensure they take effect.

Dark mode is becoming such a hot commodity among mobile device users that even Apple is jumping on the bandwagon, and with that in mind, using tweaks like Dune seems like a no-brainer if you aren’t able to upgrade to iOS 13 or iPadOS this Fall due to staying on the lowest possible firmware for a jailbreak instead.

If you’re interested in trying Dune, then you can download it for free from Skitty’s beta repository in Cydia or Sileo. The tweak is compatible with jailbroken iOS 11 and 12 devices and is open source on the developer’s GitHub page for those interested in learning more about what makes it tick.

If you aren’t already using Skitty’s repository, then you can add it to your package manager of choice by using the following URL:


Do you think Dune offers a reasonable amount of dark mode-centric functionality given the lack of a price tag? Discuss in the comments section below.