New browser-based Cydia alternative called Lima coming soon [Jailbreak]

Cydia may be getting some competition from a new browser-based alternative called Lima. The development team behind the jailbreak installer, named Infini Dev Team, says the new package installer will be fully functional from Mobile Safari and let users install non-approved 3rd party apps and extensions just like Cydia.

Lima is going to be a browser-based dpkg Installer. Meaning all you have to do is visit a website in safari and you have a fully fucntional package installer!

The Infini Dev Team recently put out a working version of Icy, a Cydia alternative from Rip Dev that hasn't been in development for some time now. Icy was a fast, lightweight package installer that many users preferred over Cydia, and Infini Dev is apparently taking a very stripped-down approach with Lima as well. We're not exactly sure how the technology behind Lima works or when it will be available, but things appear to be functioning as described. Check out the video after the break to see Lima in action!

Would you be open to the idea of a browser-based package installer, or would you rather stick with Cydia as a long-trusted option? Let us know in the comments!

[Infini Dev Team]

Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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BLiNK says:

looks kind of clunky but competition is good

Don says:

Yeah this is going to fail just like Icy and Rock.

Watcher says:

Clunky? That thing is definitely faster than Cydia is now.

behrlover says:

So if this possible and one doesn't need Cydia anymore, do you actually have to jailbreak the device to access and install packages or do you still have to do the jailbreaking method to be able to install packages.

Andrew Wray says:

You'd still be required to jailbreak your iDevice in order to allow Lima root access to the filesystem (for installing unapproved apps).

Help And Support says:

No before you use Lima you will be required to download a program in safari that lets you download un signed apps

Andrew Wray says:

Ohhhhhhhh I didn't know that screw me I just wet my pants lmfao :(

fastlane says:

I'll stick with Cydia because I enjoy waiting for its loaders spinning endlessly every time I launch it.

slowlane says:

Look on the bright side, at least you can pass the time while you stand in the unemployment line.

Alan says:

I think fragmentation of package installers may make me consider joining Team Pure. :)

iPheuria says:

Competition is always good but the majority of JBers will stay on Cydia because it is trusted and the sources are pretty much known. The idea of installing things by visiting a website just feels like malware to me so not sure if I would ever use it. The deal breaker will be if they have stuff that you can only get through Lima if you can get the same thing on Cydia then it wont fly.

Omar don't scare says:

As long as Cydia is the required installation repo upon jailbreak, it will be number one. Cydia has had competition before and survived, it's the 'app store' of the jailbreak community so to speak, I wouldn't trust any other repo.

WellJohnson says:

Don't care.. just as long some'in comes out for the ipad 2!!

AchillesPDX says:

^This. A thousand times this.

Eprisencc says:

This looks slow. Need something fast and intuitive like rock was. Hate that Cydia bought them out.

felface says:

How would you know when it was done as it said downloading but then he pressed respiring so once he has that sorted then yes I would ref this to cydia

Estie! says:

Omygosh who uses browsers anymore thats so 19th century

Yoga says:

Well I've a crashed cydia and wont open. So if this come out, I'm sure for me it will be the best alternative to install app without using cydia.

Brad says:

Should've used Lima to dl display recorder first. Who records their iPhone with another camera anymore?

Jonathan Seals says:

I don't trust anything but Cydia after Rock screwed my old iPhone about a year ago.

scott says:

If it is HTML5 then maybe it has a future, "in the future", i can see problems with package distribution there tho,
plus side if it doesn't eat your ram and crash regularly and customers have a. similar/same/better ability to search and install packages i can see it being a seious comprtitor

scott says:

Fk pressed bad key!!
....... Serious competitor for cydia, if you know your history cydia is only really no.1 cause some others preferred not to squabble (eg: rock) and the point when the only installer that was usable was cydia, but facts are it was the least favoured st one point

Nichelle Lococo says:

Now THESE are proper tips to be posting.. the stupid "How to turn on your iphone lol!” tips are just fodder for making a website look like they post a lot..

Rosamond Cooksey says:

Its for this website. The icon is a quick preview of the website...