How to use Cydia, the Jailbreak App Store

Apple has the App Store, jailbreakers have the Cydia Store in addition to the default App Store. And if you want to be technical, Cydia was THE first App Store. It was available with iOS 1.x and allowed jailbreakers to download apps before the App Store even existed. Those who jailbroke their first generation iPhones on 1.x have seen several jailbreak ideas and concepts become parts of iOS. We would mention the other Jailbreak App Store, Rock, but seeing as Cydia acquired Rock, there's probably no point now.

Another term you may hear when it comes to Cydia is repos, or repositories. These are simply sources you add in the manage section. ModMyi and BigBoss are two of the largest. They are already added when you install Cydia. You are always welcome to add custom repos if you choose. I highly advise only adding repos from trusted sources. If you have a weird feeling about adding it, I'd probably pass.

For more information, check out our Jailbreak Starters Guide, and if you have any questions, get help in our Jailbreak Apps Forum.

Allyson Kazmucha

Help and how to editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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There are 16 comments. Add yours.

Silentsoul says:

Well done. Thank you. : )

Aaronius says:

Not to nitpick, but Cydia wasn't the first app store. That goes to the now defunct Installer. Cydia didn't come into being until the 2.x days.

Monk says:

Installer was definately first. Seems like Allyson got too excited since they let her 'cover' something other than IPhone ornaments...

hassan says:

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Bryandung says:

@monk. Hahahahahahahahahah. TIPB always gets excited for anything that they have meaningless post each day and Rene covering the geeky tech stuff nobody really cares about. Anybody got any other iPhone blog suggestions. I'm ready to switch!!! :D

Exit925 says:

Anyone know of an app for a non jail broken iPhone that would let you record, similar to what was used to demo in the video?

robnaj says:

Actualy the installer app was the first app store.

BBCurve9300 says:

thank you now when I jailbreak for friends I can just link them this
Thank you

Don says:

You didn't mention paying for jailbreak apps. Before you can purchase apps in Cydia you are required to give them access to your flail contact list.
That's why I restored my phone.

Sparsh says:

I need to download cydia and install it in my iphone

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Shaun says:

Not the answer I was looking for! My little brother is able to download and app available in the phones app store for free. This is what I was asking for..

bryce says:

i cant download any apps theres barleyany and i clicked on one and it sed cannot locate package idk how to work this and that video duznt help at all

Adam Daieh1 says:

Nice blog you have, very informative. I also happened to find this website about Cydia. They have a list of Top Cydia Repositories (sources) where we can download free and paid apps.
Here's the link for Cydia