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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. Djave1's Avatar
      Djave1 -
      Its not working. It keeps crashing and saying absinthe quit unexpectantly thats all!.. Help!!
    1. ziggytosh's Avatar
      ziggytosh -
      Quote Originally Posted by rel1215 View Post
      absinthe isn't recognizing that my iphone is plugged in. anyone having this problem. I wiped my phone and went through the set up process again, but it still says "plug in your iphone 4s or ipad 2 to begin."
      Same problem here.

      For what it's worth, I'm on an Intel i5 quad core iMac running OS X 10.6.8 and trying to jailbreak an iPad 2 wifi running 5.0.1. Any commonalities with others experiencing this problem?

      Other applications - TinyUmbrella, iTunes, Picasa - all recognize the iPad when I plug it in via USB.
    1. xclusiveiphone's Avatar
      xclusiveiphone -
      WOW imagine all the chaos this would cause if we weren't able to restore back to 5.0.1...
    1. aaauustiinnn's Avatar
      aaauustiinnn -
      Anyone who can help me i will donate to you!
      Okay I ran the program fine on my mac and added the Absinthe program on my iPhone 4s. I click the app and it just sits at a white screen. So i go into the Settings-Network-Vpn and turn it on and i get the "No network connection available", so i click ok and get no reboot and i go back into the absinthe app and it still sits on the white screen. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    1. nashlib's Avatar
      nashlib -
      Quote Originally Posted by Djave1 View Post
      Its not working. It keeps crashing and saying absinthe quit unexpectantly thats all!.. Help!!
      do not worry - happened to me a couple of times - but got through in the end - just keep trying
    1. anekin007's Avatar
      anekin007 -
      got mine to work on the first try. I backed up my iPhone on the computer. I erase and reset my iPhone but I setup as new iPhone and no iCloud and no siri. clicked on Absinthe and it did it thing for 2-3 mins. it was stuck on the Almost done screen for about a minute. So I just went ahead and unlock my screen and clicked on the Absinthe on the iPhone. I got a white screen and I waited for about a min but nothing happened. I press the home screen and went into settings, network, and VPN. I flipped the switch for VPN to turn on and it did a loading screen and nothing happened then I flipped it on again and my phone rebooted. After the reboot the absinthe icon is replaced with a cydia.
    1. Groupyloopy's Avatar
      Groupyloopy -
      Anyone managed to solve problem of absinthe not launching on OS X 10.5.8
    1. p3eps's Avatar
      p3eps -
      Quote Originally Posted by aaauustiinnn View Post
      Anyone who can help me i will donate to you!
      Okay I ran the program fine on my mac and added the Absinthe program on my iPhone 4s. I click the app and it just sits at a white screen. So i go into the Settings-Network-Vpn and turn it on and i get the "No network connection available", so i click ok and get no reboot and i go back into the absinthe app and it still sits on the white screen. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
      Same problem here...
      I've restored back to factory settings for a third time and started again.
      When tapping Absinthe I now get a white screen with 'No network connection' instead of the usual white empty screen.
      I then went into Settings and did the VPN thing. Again, I got hte 'No network connection' error.
      I tried the Absinthe button several times, and one time it didn't give me the error.
      Instead of rebooting, it has taken me to a greenpois0n.com website!

      This time I got 'Absinthe could not open the page because the server stopped responding'. I'm guessing it's just an overload of people all trying to connect at the same time?
    1. Gustavo Saliola's Avatar
      Gustavo Saliola -
      GREAT News! Million Congrats to the Dream-Dev-Team on this. Now, MMi, is it posible to inform us, damned owners of iPhone 4/5.0.1 Baseband 04.11.08 for the Unlock Status/progress? It would be insanely happy to finally make a call with the "iPod". Thanks in advance.
    1. lilljav's Avatar
      lilljav -
      Quote Originally Posted by rel1215 View Post
      absinthe isn't recognizing that my iphone is plugged in. anyone having this problem. I wiped my phone and went through the set up process again, but it still says "plug in your iphone 4s or ipad 2 to begin."
      it won't recognize my 4s either..i wonder if its bc of the website being overloaded
    1. Djave1's Avatar
      Djave1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nashlib View Post
      do not worry - happened to me a couple of times - but got through in the end - just keep trying
      so how did you do it??
    1. xMaTTyB's Avatar
      xMaTTyB -
      treid to open Absinthe using the sudo command but returns the following error: SOpenFromURLSpec() failed with error -10810 for the file /Users/Matty/Desktop/Absinthe.app.

      anyone have a solution for this
    1. petrusk's Avatar
      petrusk -
      Quote Originally Posted by Djave1 View Post
      so how did you do it??
      Same issue. Trying to execute absinthe via Terminal won't work for me.
    1. sobanek's Avatar
      sobanek -
      Quote Originally Posted by lilljav View Post
      it won't recognize my 4s either..i wonder if its bc of the website being overloaded
      It looks like only iMac users are affected by this problem so far.

      Doesn't recognise my 4S either.

      iMac 11,3
      27-inch, i7 2.93GHz...
    1. bluestrk's Avatar
      bluestrk -
      Quote Originally Posted by aaauustiinnn View Post
      Anyone who can help me i will donate to you!
      Okay I ran the program fine on my mac and added the Absinthe program on my iPhone 4s. I click the app and it just sits at a white screen. So i go into the Settings-Network-Vpn and turn it on and i get the "No network connection available", so i click ok and get no reboot and i go back into the absinthe app and it still sits on the white screen. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
      This sounds like some file or JB process didn't complete fully. try restoring and re-jailbreaking.
    1. c0dy's Avatar
      c0dy -
      Absinthe won't launch on my work computer OS X 10.5.8
    1. shoejocky's Avatar
      shoejocky -
      yah it seems 10.5.8 is the PROBLEM here.. It won't launch on my MacBook neither q;\ .. now I have to wait til I get home.. FML
    1. CobraSVT's Avatar
      CobraSVT -
      Do i need to leave VPN on after the jailbreak process is completed?
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      Quote Originally Posted by edouble312 View Post
      SOLUTION: load terminal, type 'sudo' and then drag the Absinthe app into the terminal command line, and hit enter. it will ask you for your user password, then absinthe will load! good luck!
      Terminal tells me "no such file or directory."
    1. shoejocky's Avatar
      shoejocky -
      Quote Originally Posted by jdm.accord View Post
      Terminal tells me "no such file or directory."
      are you on 10.5.8? Cause that's the exact message I got MULTIPLE TIMES from trying.