IPA Ranger is a GUI for the ipatool utility that lets you download .ipa files from the App Store

Back in January, we showed you a nifty command line-based tool for macOS, Windows, and Linux called ipatool that allowed users to obtain the raw .ipa files of any apps their Apple ID owned via the App Store.

IPA Ranger app user interface.

But for those who aren’t comfortable with command line interfaces, iOS developer 0xkuj has just released a new app called IPA Ranger that compiles ipadtool into a graphical user interface. Yay for user-friendliness!

When you acquire IPA Ranger for the first time, you will be able to:

  • Sign into any Apple ID you own
  • Choose the country for which you want to search for and download apps
  • Tap on any search result to copy that app’s bundle ID
  • Download any .ipa file for any owned app
  • Manage downloaded apps: install, rename, share, and delete them

The developer outlines a bevy of possible use cases in the /r/jailbreak release post, which include the following:

– Apps with Unsupported iOS – Are you familiar with the annoying “This application supports iOS XX and above” when you want to download an app from the Appstore for the first time? well this app will kind of helping you with that. since the application will “purchase” (of course only free apps) the app from the Appstore using the account you provided, the next time you’ll try to download this app from the App Store it will prompt you a message saying, “Download the latest version that supports your iOS”, as it will recognize you have purchased this app before which in many times is very helpful.
– Decryption – Even though decryption tool is not provided built in with IPA Ranger, you can install for example unsupported .ipa that you downloaded on your device and use tools such as “iridium” that don’t require you to actually open the app to supply you with the decrypted binary.
– Just Share – you can just share the .ipa you downloaded with anyone.
– More use cases you can think of when you obtain the .ipa of an app.

One thing worth noting is that the original ipatool was free download and worked with any Mac, Windows PC, or Linux box. Comparatively, the developer of IPA Ranger says the project will be a paid download for the next several weeks before going free and open source. IPA Ranger requires a jailbroken iOS or iPadOS 13.0-15.7.3 device.

For those who might be skeptical of entering an Apple ID into a third-party app, the developer notes in the package depiction page that your Apple ID details aren’t saved or stored anywhere – neither on your device or remotely. Two-factor authenticated accounts are supported.

If you’re wondering, the developer has tested IPA Ranger on the palera1n, unc0ver, and Taurine jailbreaks. From what we can gather, there are no plans to support for the XinaA15 jailbreak since the developer doesn’t have a compatible device to test it on.

If you’re interested in giving IPA Ranger a try, whether immediately for the $0.99 or later on when it becomes a free download, then you can head over to the Havoc repository via your favorite package manager app to acquire it.

How do you plan to use the new IPA Ranger tool? Let us know in the comments section down below.