How to Jailbreak iPhone 4S and iPad 2 on Linux

An easy-to-follow, step-by-step tutorial with screenshots!

The following tutorial will teach all Linux users how to jailbreak their Apple iPhone 4S and Apple iPad 2 devices.

As you all know, the Chronic Dev Team finally released the highly anticipated version of Absinthe jailbreak tool for the Linux platform. With Absinthe users can easily untether jailbreak iPhone 4S and iPad 2 devices powered by the Apple A5 chip.

With today's tutorial we will teach you, step by step, how to jailbreak an iPhone 4S or iPad 2 device on Linux.


· iPhone 4S with firmware 5.0/5.0.1

· iPad 2 with firmware 5.0/5.0.1

· libimobiledevice

· Absinthe

ATTENTION: Make sure you backup your device before jailbreak! Read everything carefully, twice! We are not responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any kind of your iDevice.

Step 1 - Download and Install libimobiledevice

If you are on Ubuntu 10.10 or Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, hit the CTRL+ALT+T key combination on your keyboard and paste the following command in the terminal window:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pmcenery/ppa

Input your password and hit Enter when asked. Next, paste the following command to install the libimobiledevice required library.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libimobiledevice

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Other Ubuntu users can download the libimobiledevice 1.0.6 source archive required library from its official homepage. Place the archive on your home folder and extract it. Open a terminal window and type the following commands:

sudo apt-get install -y build-essential automake autoconf gettext libusbmuxd-dev libglib2.0-dev libgnutls-dev libplist-dev libplist++-dev python-dev

cd ~/libimobiledevice-1.0.6

./configure prefix=/usr


sudo make install

ATTENTION: When the installation is over, reboot your computer! After the restart, your Apple devices should be recognized by your Linux distribution.

Editor's note: Mandriva, Fedora, Debian and openSUSE users can find installation instruction on libimobiledevice's official website.

Step 2 - Download and run Absinthe

You can grab a copy of Absinthe jailbreak tool right now from here.

It's a tar.gz archive so just extract it on your home folder. Enter the directory and run the x86 or x86_64 (depending on your architecture) executable by double-clicking it.

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Step 3 - Connect your iPhone 4S or iPad 2

ATTENTION: Make sure that your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 device has iOS 5.0 or iOS 5.0.1, the battery is charged over 50% and that it is connected to the computer via the USB cable! Not meeting these requirements will result in a failure!

Once connected, Absinthe will immediately detect your device...

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Step 4 - Jailbreak your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 device

All you have to do now is to click the "Jailbreak" button and wait for the Absinthe tool to do its job. You can also watch the jailbreak progress on your device. DO NOT PUSH ANY BUTTONS!

When the progress bar on the Absinthe tool is complete, and the Absinthe icon appears on your device, launch it to complete the jailbreak process.

When Absinthe finished the jailbreak process, reboot the device and you'll see the Cydia icon on your iDevice's home screen, which means that the jailbreak process is over. See the video above for more details!

If you encounter any issues with the tutorial, do not hesitate to use our commenting system below.

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