Jailbreakers have had their share of issues while installing tweaks on Electra jailbreak toolkit. Here’s a new tool called Tweak Installer that will make the installation process a breeze.
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What is Tweak Installer?
Tweak Installer is a desktop-based Debian package installer for Electra development toolkit. It is developed by Joseph Walden.
This tool also installs tweaks and themes on your Apple device remotely with SFTP. Here’s how it works –
- Establish an SFTP connection with the target device.
- Convert the Deb file to an installable format.
- Transfer it automatically to the required locations on the device’s filesystem (SBInject, Preferences, etc).
Apart from Electra, it also supports Yalu jailbreak for iOS 10-10.2 firmware. However, its utility remains limited because Yalu already comes with Cydia.
It has been tested on Yalu (iOS 10.2) and Electra developer toolkit (iOS 11.1.2).
Is it safe to use?
Yes, it is completely safe to use. All tweaks and associated files are only transferred to the correct locations.
Moreover, it also allows you to install tweaks that contain tweak-specific data that must be moved outside of bootstrap. For example, the Switches and Application Support folder present in some tweaks.
It establishes SFTP connection using the reputed WinSCP client so there’s nothing you need to worry about.
It’s fully open source and its code also available for everyone to use. If you want to improve upon this tool, you can take a look at it on the developers’ GitHub page.
Download Tweak Installer
- version 2.1 (latest version)
- version 2.0
- version 1.2
- version 1.1
- version 1.0
- Beta 8
- Beta 7
- Beta 6
- Beta 2 (obsolete)
- Beta 2 (Mac version)
- March 2 – Version 2.1 adds support for Debian and IPA installation on Electra RC1.0.x (Cydia version). You must install AppSync Unified for iOS 11 before installing IPA files.
- February 7 – Version 2.0 is out. It combines GUI with the command line and extracts entitlements from binary files. You can use it to install Circuit Breaker.
- January 30 – Mac port released. The beta 2 version brings support for macOS. It is not tested yet on macOS Sierra or macOS High Sierra. If it crashes, restart it.
- January 29 – Version 1.2 comes with a better and user-friendly UI.
- January 27 – Version 1.1 displays a warning message before installing a tweak that modifies system files. You can now backup important files at the click of a button.
- January 25 – Version 1.0 marks the end of the beta development stage. It now installs packages in any format (ZIP/DEB/IPA) and through SSH over USB.
- January 23 – Beta 8 is out and adds a lot of new fixes and features. You can now install multiple DEB/IPA files, run uicache, automatically respring, error reporting, cleaner UI.
- January 23 – Beta 7 fixes error while installing IPA files.
- January 22 – Beta 6 comes with a version checker for the package you want to install. You can also install IPA files using it instead of AppSync for the time being. This update also introduces a much cleaner uninstall method.
- iPhone, iPad, or iPod running iOS 11-11.1.2
- A computer running Windows (64-bit)
- A jailbreak with SFTP access
- 7Zip archive manager
- WiFi connection
How to install Debian files from PC to iPhone with Tweak Installer
Step 1 Download the Debian package of the tweak or theme you want to install using the following links –
Step 2 Download the ZIP archive from the link above and extract it to any location on your computer. You can use Windows inbuilt ZIP manager or use 7Zip utility, which is more powerful.
Step 3 Open the Tweak Installer.exe executable file to launch the program.
Step 4 Input the following details in their respective fields –
- host – Wifi IP address (Your device must be on Wifi for this tool to work properly)
- user – root
- pass – alpine
- deb – Deb file location
Alternatively, you can enter 127.0.0.1 (localhost) in the host field above. If you choose this option, you must connect your device to your compueter via USB.
Step 5 Once the all the fields are ready, click on Install. It will now install the required Deb file on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
- For uninstalling a tweak, simply input the data given above and press the Uninstall button.
- Remember, you must possess the tweak file of the tweak you wish to uninstall. Therefore, I recommend backing up and saving all the tweaks you install on your PC or computer.
That’s pretty much it! If you want to install tweaks manually, you can give this guide a read.
Tweak Installer only supports Windows computers for now. However, this doesn’t mean Linux and Mac users will be left in the lurch.
The developer is currently working on Linux and macOS versions. Hopefully, they will drop sometime during the next few days. Joseph might also create an on-device Deb file installer for iPhone if time permits.
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