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  • [How To] Browse Through Your iDevice Easily With iExplorer

    You don't need to input any annoying IP addresses, passwords, or usernames anymore.

    iPhone Explorer by MacroPlant is an aging program used in SSH to iDevices. The program has been known as iPhone Explorer for a long time but due to legal issues they had to change their program name to iExplorer. Jailbreakers everywhere know about SSH in that it allows you to edit files stored in your system. SSH also allows you to add files to the system. You can use SSH to install .deb versions of tweaks and packages instead of using Cydia. Most people that use SSH are used to using the old-fashioned IP address, username, and password method to connect to their iDevice over Wi-Fi. This can be slow, annoying, and frustrating.

    iExplorer does away with the annoying IP addresses, usernames, and passwords. Simply connect your device to your computer via USB 30-pin connector and your entire device library is available to you:



    iExplorer has some perks over other software. Not only can use SSH without annoying codes, but you can also transfer your music library from your iDevice to your computer, or mount your iDevice as a disk so that you can use it as a USB flash drive. So it's a 3-in-1 program that's completely free thanks to MacroPlant. Both Mac users and Windows users can benefit from this awesome software.
    • Download iExplorer for Mac here.
    • Download iExplorer for Windows here.

    I've been using this application for ages. It works great. Simply plug in your iDevice and you're 'SSH-ed'. Will you be trying it with your iDevice? Share in the comments!

    Sources: MacroPlant
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [How To] SSH Into Your iDevice Easily With iExplorer started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 42 Comments
    1. Adayday's Avatar
      Adayday -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      That sounds outrageous. It uses less than a few megabytes of RAM on my MacBook Pro.
      He means that it uses >8GB of hard drive space not memory
    1. xXDrizzyyXx's Avatar
      xXDrizzyyXx -
      Personally, I like DiskAid a lot more.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by boxxa View Post
      "SSH-ed"?Its accessing the file system through a USB process, not SSH. The iPhone Explorer actually advertised you can securely browse your iDevice to copy files WITHOUT having the security risk of SSH open on your device.
      I changed the title quite some time ago
      Read my first comment please.

      Quote Originally Posted by Adayday View Post
      He means that it uses >8GB of hard drive space not memory
      I've never heard of storage being referred to as memory. But the program is nowhere near 8GB, so explain that in more depth?
    1. The_Durben's Avatar
      The_Durben -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Fo real?
      Well I don't post things that aren't possible so yes, that's for real.

      To the ones crying this aint ssh'ing...Quit banging on the writers for possible mis led ssh vs direct connection. You all know what they meant. Wanna do a better in depth write up, start a blog. The post is far more informative than it is misleading for a majority of users on here.
    1. Zenitram's Avatar
      Zenitram -
      Can you add a custom text alert through this program easily? (Still on iOS4).
    1. Maarten16's Avatar
      Maarten16 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Adayday View Post
      He means that it uses >8GB of hard drive space not memory
      I was referring to the memory. Was transferring like 100MB. Took a lot of time, and memory '-.- Thought it was Ps, but nothing happened when I closed that. 8GB of memory was freed after closing iExplorer =p

      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      That sounds outrageous. It uses less than a few megabytes of RAM on my MacBook Pro.
      yeah, I was surprised too '-.- Maybe it was because I was transferring a lot of MB at the same time? I've got no idea, lol.
    1. vietkool's Avatar
      vietkool -
      sweet ... thanks
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      Does it work like ssh, R do i need to use the real ssh?
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by DaLsim View Post
      Does it work like ssh, R do i need to use the real ssh?
      Yes it does. Biggest difference is you cannot set file permissions with usb connection programs like this where with using SSH you can. Not a big deal though. I use iexplorer and diskaid to transfer files and if I need to change a permission on a file I use iFile on the device itself.

      Quote Originally Posted by Zenitram View Post
      Can you add a custom text alert through this program easily? (Still on iOS4).
      Yes, you can.
    1. Tashawn's Avatar
      Tashawn -
      iFunbox FTW.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tashawn View Post
      iFunbox FTW.
      Very good one too. I use that one on Windows.
    1. WaLLy3K's Avatar
      WaLLy3K -
      iFunBox also does the same thing and works well for me, because I only do stuff like going into the root of the device when I'm manually theming my icons when I'm on my Windows machine.

      The only reason I've needed the SSH features is to change permissions on the SMS DB after moving that across when I restored as new on 5.0.1.
    1. Devante's Avatar
      Devante -
      I tried it and no way to transfer files from your iPhone to PC without downloading all these other programs they have to go along with it. :/
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      It's nice and all but you still can't chomd with it.
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Of limited use, but you can get into apps and some media. I was able to replace the sound file on an app with a custom sound file of my own. I've really been missing that custom alert on that app since going non-jailbroken. But can you make gui changes or other such changes as you could using SHSH? No. But it's free and worth checking out.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      Of limited use, but you can get into apps and some media. I was able to replace the sound file on an app with a custom sound file of my own. I've really been missing that custom alert on that app since going non-jailbroken. But can you make gui changes or other such changes as you could using SHSH? No. But it's free and worth checking out.
      I have been able to use this for everything that I've ever used CyberDuck for.
    1. Rescuer's Avatar
      Rescuer -
      Quote Originally Posted by metaljay View Post
      This isn't actually SSH'ing into the device though lol
      Do you no what SSH means?

      I don't mean this offensively...
      just ssh'd into my usb thumbdrive!
    1. 240v's Avatar
      240v -
      It won't detect my iPod touch on ios 5 unkailbroken. Please help, it says iTunesmobiledevice.dll not found and it's on my system. Thanks! I'm on windows 7
    1. julioshs's Avatar
      julioshs -
      Quote Originally Posted by tellytel View Post
      this has been out for awhile. Its called ifunbox
      True. I think it's easier to use and with more features.
    1. jOnGarrett's Avatar
      jOnGarrett -
      I use iFunbox since day one, its hands down better than anything else.