How to Install Cydia on iOS 8.1 – iOS 8 after Jailbreaking with Pangu

The Chinese developers released Pangu jailbreak for iOS 8.1 – iOS 8 firmwares. Currently, Pangu is available for Windows only and doesn’t come bundled with Cydia, which is why you’ll have to install Cydia manually for now. In this guide you’ll learn how to install Cydia on iOS 8.1-iOS 8 after jailbreaking with Pangu.

The reason Pangu was not bundled in Pangu is that the Cydia was not compatible with iOS 8-8.1 at the time release. However, Saurik was quick enough to update Cydia for iOS 8.1 and iOS 8 and make it available on his site. Pangu team will surely release an update to their jailbreak tool Pangu8 and will bundle the Cydia package into it. If you cannot wait for the Pangu update and want to install Cydia on iOS 8.1 or iOS 8 right now, we got you covered.

Manually installing Cydia on iOS 8-8.1 is pretty complex process unless you’re familiar with SSH and SFTP. You’ll also be required to run some commands as root user, which can be risky too. So, you’re advised to proceed with caution and if you don’t feel comfortable, wait for the team Pangu to bundle Cydia into their jailbreak tool. Backup your device before attempting the Cydia installation process.

Here’s how to install Cydia on your jailbroken device running iOS 8.1 or iOS 8.

How to Install Cydia on iOS 8.1 – iOS 8

  1. Make sure your device is running iOS 8.1 and is jailbroken using Pangu. Here’s out detailed guide on how to jailbreak iOS 8.1 – iOS 8 with Pangu.
  2. Open Pangu app from the home screen of your jailbreak iOS device and install “OpenSSH”. This enabled the feature allowing your computer to connect to your iOS device.
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  3. Download Cydia deb file and cydia-lproj file on your computer.
  4. You’ll transfer these files to your iOS device using SFTP protocol. For that purpose download and install an SSH client for your desktop OS: Cyberduck 2 (Mac), WinSCP (Windows).
  5. Make sure your device and the computer are connected to the same WiFi network. This is important to transfer the above downloaded files from your computer to your iOS device. Get the IP address of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch by going into Settings > Wi-Fi and then tap the ‘i’ button next to the network you’re connected to and note down the IP address.
  6. Now open up Cyberduck on Mac ( click open connection) or WinSCP on windows and input the following details:
    File Protocol: SFTP
    IP address: enter the IP address of your iOS device.
    Username: root
    Password: alpine
    and click the Connect button. Click “Allow” if a prompt appears. Now you’ve two options to install the deb files:
  7. Method 1
    • Now you should see the root directory of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch just like any other file browser shows.  Now vaigate to the following directory:  /private/var/root/Media/Cydia/AutoInstall. If you don’t find a folder, you can create one yourself.
    • Now copy the downloaded Cydia deb files into AutoInstall directory. Right click on these files, select File Permissions and change the value to 777.
    • Reboot your device and you’ll have Cydia installed if you’ve properly created the directories and had set the permissions.
  8. Method 2
    • You also install the deb files using terminal commands. Copy the deb file in to the root directory of your device and then open SSH command line session. To do that press Ctrl+T on Windows or Command + T on Mac. Now run the following commands:
      • dpkg -i cydia-lproj_1.1.12_iphoneos-arm.deb
      • dpkg -i cydia_1.1.13_iphoneos-arm.deb
    • Reboot your device. You’ll see Cydia after reboot.
6 comments… add one
Hasan S. Saritas October 25, 2014, 11:00 pm

It is not working

mk October 26, 2014, 3:49 am

please, you must set permission also on cydia and also on Autoinstall to work, 777

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