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  • How to Jailbreak Using Absinthe 0.2 (OS X)


    {last updated February 1st, 2012}

    This OS X only guide (Windows guide here) will teach you how to jailbreak various devices using Absinthe. The current version of Absinthe is 0.4. Note this is an UNTETHERED JAILBREAK, meaning you can reboot your phone just like you normally would.

    This guide should be used with the following device/firmware combinations (if you're not sure, here's how to find your iOS firmware version and how to find your iOS device type):
    • iPhone 4S | 5.0 (9A334)
    • iPhone 4S | 5.0.1 (9A405)
    • iPhone 4S | “other” 5.0.1 (9A406)
    • iPad2 | 5.0.1 (9A405)

    If you prefer the simpler version of this guide with no pictures, click here.

    NOTE: The team that put together this jailbreak (saurik & MuscleNerd, both core members of iPhone Dev Team, 3 members of Chronic Dev Team: posixninja, pod2g & nikias, and the legendary planetbeing, the globally-admired iOS hacker/developer responsible for initially porting both Linux & Android to the iPhone) IS accepting donations - please feel free to donate via PayPal if you're able!

    NOTE: Because Absinthe creates a backup and restores it onto your device as part of the way it gets files on the device, we recommend the device is mostly empty when you start the process. To do this, CREATE A BACKUP IN ITUNES FIRST (connect to iTunes and sync). If you're using iCloud to backup, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage and Backup > Backup Now.

    ONLY ONCE YOU'VE BACKED UP, on your device go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. MAKE SURE YOU'VE BACKED UP YOUR CONTENT. You do not have to Erase All Content and Settings if you don't want to, but the jailbreak could take up to 20-30 minutes to complete if you don't, depending on what's on your device.


    Alright, let's get started. First thing you'll need to do is download the Mac version of Absinthe 0.4 from mod.my/absinthemac04. Double-click the zip file to unzip it if your browser didn't automatically unzip the file.





    Making sure your device is connected, double-click Absinthe to launch it. You will see the Absinthe home screen, and Absinthe should tell you your device (and firmware version) is detected. Press the Jailbreak button.



    Absinthe will then go through a few status messages while it jailbreaks your device. It will stop for a bit at Waiting for reboot - not done yet, don't unplug your device yet!, and once the device has finished rebooting it will continue the jailbreak. Do not touch or unplug the device during this process.



    Once the process has finished in Absinthe, it will alert you to unlock the screen if necessary and tap the "Absinthe" icon to finish the jailbreak. Remember, the icon may not be on the first page - scroll to find it.



    Tapping the icon will bring up a webview with a white page, and then your device will restart.

    NOTE: If you see an "Error establishing a database connection" error or a white screen which lasts longer than 1 minute, please go to Settings and turn on VPN, and wait instead. The VPN connection will give an error. This is normal. A reboot should happen a few moments after the error.

    You will see the Apple logo with a progress bar quickly as the device restarts, and then your device will power back on.

    NOTE: The Set Up iPhone (or iPad) GUI you see when you restore an iDevice will now appear. If you backed up with iCloud at the beginning of this tutorial, please choose Restore from iCloud Backup in the Set Up iPhone GUI, and restore from the backup you took at the beginning of this guide.

    The iDevice will then restore from backup, reboot, and you're good to go.


    Cydia is now on your device where the Absinthe icon was before!



    That's it! You're now holding a jailbroken device. Not too bad, eh?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to Jailbreak Using Absinthe 0.1 (OS X) started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 402 Comments
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by LePatex View Post
      IM having the same problem, link for absinthemac04 not working, taking me to forums
      and again...

      Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
      Just get it from greenpoison.com
    1. Jabbacks's Avatar
      Jabbacks -
      Need to know when Part II is available:

      Unlocking After 4S Absinthe Jailbreak!

      >>>> crossing my fingers <<<<<

      Thanks!
    1. mercedess550's Avatar
      mercedess550 -
      anybody knows after this iPhone 4s will be unlocked or NOT?
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by mercedess550 View Post
      anybody knows after this iPhone 4s will be unlocked or NOT?
      This is a jailbreak only.
      Allows you to run non-Apple-approved software.

      There is no software carrier unlock for the iPhone 4s yet, and there may never be one.
      It may eventually be possible to unlock with a hacked sim card, but so far no working one has yet been verified.
      However, there are a whole lot of scams.

      If unlock is what you want/need, you're going to have to wait.
    1. MShoniker23's Avatar
      MShoniker23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGamers View Post
      okay, i keep getting the error when trying to use absinthe, so i tried the VPN thing, I got the error, but no reboot, i tried clicking okay and waiting, but no reboot, i tried leaving the error, no reboot, idk how long this will take or what, anyone else having issues, i know the server is probably being swamped so I'm not worried, just hoping i get it jailbroken soon lol, its been too long
      I had the same issue.....did you figure out how to fix this?

      Can someone help me out with the following:

      "Cannot Open Absinthe
      The error was: "The URL can't be shown"

      Please help. I've tried several times and also tried turning on the VPN, only to get the error message but no re-boot.
    1. afghanmoose's Avatar
      afghanmoose -
      SOOOOO i keep using the up to date GREENPOISON jailbreaking tool and its not working, just says recovery complete, and try to jailbreak again my unplugging and replugging. Then when i tried Redsn0w it says UNEXPECTED ERROR and wont let me jailbreak, ANYONE HEPL PLEASE?!?!?!
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Are you trying to jailbreak a 4S?
    1. mytran80's Avatar
      mytran80 -
      nice ! now i can go buy my apps on cydia like speakevents,well done guys
    1. dxman's Avatar
      dxman -
      Anybody helppppppppppp me. i have iphone 4s 5.0.1(9A405) and firmware 1.0.13, i used Absinthe jailbreak it was completed and worked. but now i uninstall jailbreak and remove all its content i don't know its properly removed or not but now i am facing two problems. First a 8GB space is showing as used, but real its nothing in my iphone and Second its unable to restore. when i try to reset my iphone or restore using i tune after 30 to 40 min down loading proses an error will come (There was a problem downloading the software fot tho iphone. "The disk you are attempting to use is full") Please help me to solve this problem
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by dxman View Post
      Anybody helppppppppppp me. i have iphone 4s 5.0.1(9A405) and firmware 1.0.13, i used Absinthe jailbreak it was completed and worked. but now i uninstall jailbreak and remove all its content i don't know its properly removed or not but now i am facing two problems. First a 8GB space is showing as used, but real its nothing in my iphone and Second its unable to restore. when i try to reset my iphone or restore using i tune after 30 to 40 min down loading proses an error will come (There was a problem downloading the software fot tho iphone. "The disk you are attempting to use is full") Please help me to solve this problem
      How much free space is available on your computer?
    1. dxman's Avatar
      dxman -
      In my computer "c" drive available space 3GB.
      in iphone available space is 4.9GB
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      3gb is not very much. Try freeing up some space and trying to download the firmware again.
    1. phreakazoidz's Avatar
      phreakazoidz -
      simple & Easy JailBreaking ...
      Thanks for developers
    1. iJ2m's Avatar
      iJ2m -
      This jailbreak has never worked for me... I've tried it a hundred times asked many people for help and tried every proposed solution various times. I have followed instructions very closely and nothing. Absinthe crashes every time I try to launch it... "Absinthe quit unexpectedly" message is all I get. Trying to jailbreak iPad 2 5.0.1 (9A405) with my MBP on OSX 10.7.3 iTunes 10.6.1 (7) 64-bit. Here's what I've already tried: Cleared all settings and content, removed passcode, tried all Absinthe versions and can not restore in iTunes because it will update my firmware to 5.1 If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it. I've been jailbreaking since the very beginning and never had so much trouble (not a noob)... My only other recourse, that I can think of, is trying it on a PC or other Mac. I don't currently have access to a (open) PC (the ones at work are locked up with Admin privileges). And before posting this I have searched the Net far and wide, entered various keywords into search engines for many hours to no avail. Thank you in advance.
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Try it on a different computer.
    1. iJ2m's Avatar
      iJ2m -
      That's what I figured... wonder what it could be... Must be conflicting software on my MBP.
    1. satointl's Avatar
      satointl -
      Quote Originally Posted by iJ2m View Post
      This jailbreak has never worked for me... I've tried it a hundred times asked many people for help and tried every proposed solution various times. I have followed instructions very closely and nothing. Absinthe crashes every time I try to launch it... "Absinthe quit unexpectedly" message is all I get. Trying to jailbreak iPad 2 5.0.1 (9A405) with my MBP on OSX 10.7.3 iTunes 10.6.1 (7) 64-bit. Here's what I've already tried: Cleared all settings and content, removed passcode, tried all Absinthe versions and can not restore in iTunes because it will update my firmware to 5.1 If anyone can help I would greatly appreciate it. I've been jailbreaking since the very beginning and never had so much trouble (not a noob)... My only other recourse, that I can think of, is trying it on a PC or other Mac. I don't currently have access to a (open) PC (the ones at work are locked up with Admin privileges). And before posting this I have searched the Net far and wide, entered various keywords into search engines for many hours to no avail. Thank you in advance.
      Hmm. Is the MacBook Pro the computer you sync your iPad with? I too have been jailbreaking from the beginning and the only time it wouldn't work was when I was jailbreaking my dad's iPod on my MacBook Pro. It just didn't work and I had no idea why. I tried it on his PC and it worked. So my conclusion is that either you have to jailbreak it on the computer you sync it with, or it has to be the same operating system as the computer you sync it with. Hope this helps, cheers.
    1. iJ2m's Avatar
      iJ2m -
      It's a refurbished iPad 2 that I just recently got, that I'm assuming Apple didn't bother to update. You can imagine my joy when I saw that it was still on 5.0.1 only to be disappointed a short time afterwards. Funny thing though, when the jailbreak was first released I attempted to jailbreak my co-workers iPad 2, ran into the same issue and just chalked it up to heavy traffic on their servers and eventually just gave up. What I'm thinking now though, is that there is something on my MBP that is causing the crash. Checked Little Snitch preferences to see if that was it, didn't find any issues there. There has to be conflicting software on the MBP that is causing this. Will be attempting the jailbreak from a PC later, as I have tried every other variable possible.

      Here is the raw data:


      Thread 4 crashed with X86 Thread State (32-bit):
      eax: 0x4f7f32a2 ebx: 0x00000000 ecx: 0x00000000 edx: 0x00000000
      edi: 0x00000000 esi: 0x0000000a ebp: 0xb0187038 esp: 0xb0186fe0
      ss: 0x00000023 efl: 0x00010246 eip: 0x95d6cb37 cs: 0x0000001b
      ds: 0x00000023 es: 0x00000023 fs: 0x00000023 gs: 0x0000000f
      cr2: 0xb0186fe8
      Logical CPU: 0
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Ya, sounds like it doesnt like something about your setup. Happens sometimes. You should be fine trying it on the different computer.
    1. iJ2m's Avatar
      iJ2m -
      Cool, thanks. On my way to my friends place to try it on his PC, crossing my fingers.