Cydia is the third-party app manager ( iOS App ) for iOS Jailbroken Devices developed by Jay Freeman (saurik) February 28, 2008
Cydia App manager allows you to install Repos ( Sources ) to install third-party apps not available in the Apple Store.
Without jailbreak tools, iOS users cannot install Cydia. You cannot even install it from a Website ( Online ) tool. Keep in mind. No Jailbreak, No Cydia.
Lots of jailbreak tools available to install the Cydia and Jailbreak tool method depend on your iOS version and Device model.
Unc0ver jailbreak was released for iOS 13 to iOS 13.3 version. All A9 to A13 Devices fully compatible with the Unc0ver 13 jailbreak tool. Follow below guide to install Cydia for your A12 to A13 Devices
Checkra1n jailbreak tool support iOS 12.3 to iOS 13.3.1 running iPhone 5 to iPhone x. Qwertyoruiop is the leading Developer of the Checkra1n tool. Checkra1n tool based on Checkm8 Exploit. Checkra1n tool still Support Mac OS and Linux , Windows version yet to release Use following link to use Checkra1n for install Cydia
Unc0ver jailbreak support all the devices powered by A7 - A12X chips. However, this jailbreak tool fully supported up to A11 devices while A12 and A12X device support is partially achieved. All A7 - A12X devices will have Cydia after the jailbreak process but some tweaks will not work on A12 and A12X devices.
Chimera jailbreak was released by the lead developer Coolstar and Electra Team. Also Chimera jailbreak was released with newly invented Sileo package manager instead of Cydia. All devices support added from iOS 12 - iOS 12.2 and iOS 12.4.
rootlessJB was the first iOS 12 jailbreak but lacks Cydia support. Recently, developer Brandon Plank released rootlessJB with the support to iOS 12 - iOS 12.2 and iOS 12.4 versions. rootlessJB will install Filza and iSuperSU after the jailbreak process. There’s no way to install Cydia with rootlssJB but tweaks installation is possible with the support of rootless Installer.
Electra Jailbreak tool developed by Coolstar. Currently Electra tool support iOS 11 to iOS 11.4.1 versions. Sileo is the default package manager for Electra Jailbreak tool. Follow below Electra guide to jailbreak your Device and install Sileo.
PsychoTea, Siguza are the leading Developers of the Meridian Jailbreak tool. Meridian Jailbreak tool only supports iOS 10 to iOS 10.3.3 running 64bit Devices only. 32bit running devices are not compatible at all. Follow the guide below to jailbreak your Device from the Meridian tool.
DoubleH3lix Jailbreak jailbreak also only compatible 64bit iOS 10 to iOS 10.3.4 running iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Devices.
G0blin Jailbreak supports iOS 10.0 - 10.3.3 running (A7 - A9) 64bit Devices. Follow below guide to jailbreak your Device.
iOS 10.2.1 running iPhone, iPad models only compatible with the Saigon Jailbreak tool. Beta 2r1 is the latest version of the tool and only support iPod Touch 6,iPhone SE ,iPhone 6/Plus ,iPhone 6s/Plus ,iPad Mini 4 ,iPad Air 2 models. Follow the below guide to jailbreak your Device from the Saigon tool.
Luca Todesco is the Developer of the Yalu jailbreak tool. iOS 10 to iOS 10.2 running iPhone/ iPad Mini Devices only supports the Yalu Jailbreak tool. Follow below Yalu semi-untethered guide to install Cydia.
Pangu Jailbreak is the only Untethered jailbreak tool in the list. Pangu's latest version supports iOS 9.2 to iOS 9.3.3 versions. Pangu9 tool only supports 64bit Devices running iPhone 5s to iPhone 6s Plus / iPad Mini 2 to iPad Pro / iPod Touch 6G. Follow below the Pangu9 guide to jailbreak your Device.
There is no way to install Cydia without Jailbreak. You cannot even install it from a Website or any paid service or Apple Store. Only you can install the Cydia Demo version without Jailbreak.
Back in 2011 Saurik released a new feature called “ Manage Cydia Account “. Actually this option is not for managing your Cydia account. With this option you can authenticate Cydia purchases. When you make a purchase, Cydia will ask to sign in from Google account or Facebook. Open Cydia and then tap Manage account and then sign with either from Google account or Facebook account.
Cydia installs automatically with default sources once complete the jailbreak process. But still you can add some additional sources to your Source list by the following guide.
Step 1. Open Cydia
Step 2. Tap Source button
Step 3. Tap Edit Button
Step 4. Tap Add Button
Step 5. Enter URL and Tap Add Source button
The following are the default repos of the Cydia.
You can add more repos to install thousands of more apps, tweaks, and themes. These are the most popular repos by 3rd party developers/services.
However, it’s not possible to extract these Cydia sources to install apps on a non-jailbroken device. But, you can extract compatible sources using Cydia alternatives to install apps, tweaks and themes.
Cydia users can remove / Delete the repo anytime. Tap any source which you want to delete. Then swipe to the left. Then you will have an option to delete the Source.
You can update installed packages directly from Cydia. Go to Cydia and tap the installed option and then tap the upgrade option ( Right upper corner ). Make sure to connect your Device to the internet connection.
You can Reinstall / Remove or downgrade installed tweak / Theme or app anytime. Just Tap any app which you want to downgrade and tap it. Then tap modify option. Now you can see Reinstall / Remove / Downgrade options.
Cydia Can be removed anytime with few methods. Follow the below method to remove Cydia.
Step 1. Go to Cydia and Search ( Cydia Eraser )
Step 2. Install it and open
Step 3. Tap erase data and unjailbreak device option
Step 4. Tap Delete All option
Step 4. Now you successfully removed Cydia
Succession app is not available in the default Source list. So you have to install an additional source.Copy below source and follow How to add Source guide to add it.
Step 1. Go to Cydia again after installing the source and then search Succession.
Step 2. Tap to install it
Step 3. Now open the Succession.
Step 4. Tap Download Clean File System
Step 5. Tap and wait
Step 6. App will ask to go to the home page once complete the process.
Step 7. Tap Restore option
Step 8. Tap Erase
Jailbroken users can remove Cydia anytime with iTunes restore option. Connect your Device to iTunes installed PC ( Windows / Mac ) Then tap Restore.
This is a good solution for removing Cydia. With this method, you will lose re-jailbreaking ability. Example Once you update your Device to latest iOS 13.4, you will lose the re-jailbreak ability
There are so many alternatives to Cydia. Sileo is the perfect alternative for Cydia.
Sileo is the default third party app manager for Chimera and Electra Jailbreak. Sileo is the perfect alternative for the Cydia app manager.
AppTapp Team is the Developer of Installer5 Cydia alternative. At this time, Installer5 is fully compatible with iOS 10 to iOS 13 versions. When compared with other package managers, Installer5 has more features. You can install Installer5 for your jailbroken Devices, add below repo URL.
The modern and powerful Package manager for jailbroken iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Devices. Currently, Zebra is fully compatible with iOS 8 to iOS 13 jailbroken Devices. You can add it to your Device as a Cydia replacement through their official repo. Just add below Source to your Source list and add.
Lime Installer package manager is still under development and the best alternative for Cydia. But still, Lime installer is not available for public users. The team behind Lime Installer is offering a one-click repo transfer from Cydia, Sileo, and Zebra packages.
Saily is a newly released Cydia alternative Package Manager for Jailbroken Devices. Lakr Aream is the Developer of the Saily Package. At this time Saily only compatible with iOS 11 to iOS 13 versions. You should add below Repo URL to your source list and then you can add Saily
Capsule is the upcoming package manager for Jailbroken Devices. At this stage they are looking for some experienced Developers to build up Capsule Package Manager.
Tweak Box does not require a jailbreak to install. Currently, Tweak Box supports all the latest iOS versions running iPhone/ iPad and iPod Touch models. Currently, there are thousands of emulators / ++ Apps / Tweak Apps / Music apps.
Hexxa Plus is the recommended Cydia alternative for iOS 13 and latest version but totally compatible with previous iOS versions up to iOS 12.4.1 version. Uses repo extraction method to install jailbreak apps and tweaks and offer thousands of apps in different categories.
Bregxi allows jailbreak app installation using the source extraction method and supports up to iOS 13.4 beta.
This was initially introduced for iOS 12.2 jailbreak and later updated to iOS 13 beta. Offers thousands of jailbreak apps, tweaks and themes from different sources.
Ziyu was the first Cydia alternative for iOS 12 jailbreak. It uses the repository extraction method to enable the same as jailbreak by installing third-party apps and tweaks.
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There are lots of errors in Cydia, but all can be fixed. Some error messages cannot be read perfectly. Check iPhone wiki Cydia Error page for more details.
Cydia launched in February 2008 as an alternative for Installer application. Cydia name came from the moth genus ( scientific name of Cydia pomonella ).
Still, Cydia.com domain name is not owned by Saurik, and he filed an action back in 2010 against Cykon Technology Limited regarding Cydia.com domain name rights.