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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. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      Quote Originally Posted by jn1rz1 View Post
      i just jail broke a brand new 4s, and now my "mail" icon is just a white square??? anyone else have this happen? solutions??
      reboot. my safari icon went white after sbsettings install but came back when i rebooted
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      It wont reboot for me after the VPN error.
    1. PADLOCK's Avatar
      PADLOCK -
      Hello Cydia!! muahahahaaaaaa!!
    1. st1650's Avatar
      st1650 -
      Works 100% here.

      Vmware OSX 10.6.8
      Itunes 10.3

      Did a backup and full erase and launch absynth, whole process took less than 2 min and everything installed fine.

      Good job, donated to reward the effort.
    1. revblaze's Avatar
      revblaze -
      Okay, everyone experiencing the "stuck on beginning of jailbreak" issue for a long time, read this!

      So you've been at the beginning of the jailbreak for a while and progress bar hasn't moved in the last 10 mins. Well, here's an easy fix. Close Absinthe and slide to unlock your phone and go through all "setup options" until you get to the home screen of your iPhone (do not backup yet, just continue without backing up for now). Go to Settings and "Erase All Data Settings". Now close iTunes on your computer when the device reboots and do not backup yet. Now slide to unlock your phone again and go through all the options until you get "Activating Phone" screen comes up. Wait for your phone to active (may take a couple minutes), then STOP. Don't click anything more on your iOS device.

      Now open Absinthe and click "Jailbreak". It shouldn't take more then a couple minutes to jailbreak. Once it's complete and it tells you to "slide to unlock your device", continue through all the remaining setup options till you get your home screen once again. Scroll to the second page and click the "Absinthe" app (technically a web app, but for all you noobs I'll call it an app so you understand). You're almost guaranteed to get the "Error establishing a database connection" issue. So after that shows up, go to your Settings and swipe the VPN to ON and wait for the error to come up. Now wait. Your device should reboot and voila!

      Done :-)
    1. jasong80's Avatar
      jasong80 -
      For tHose of you having issues continue to hit VPN every couple of minutes if you get white screen it does work took me 5 tries. If you get white icons just reboot and you will be fine. It's not complicated just be patient
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      still stuck here. doesnt recognize my iphone 4s 5.0.1 9A406 and my ipad 2 9A405

      i backed up and erased all content and settings and started my ipad brand new and it still didnt recognize it. tried a restore on my ipad 2 but it said it wouldnt do it. anyone else have this issue or what we can do about it. seems not many people have this problem?
    1. jasong80's Avatar
      jasong80 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado1987 View Post
      still stuck here. doesnt recognize my iphone 4s 5.0.1 9A406 and my ipad 2 9A405

      i backed up and erased all content and settings and started my ipad brand new and it still didnt recognize it. tried a restore on my ipad 2 but it said it wouldnt do it. anyone else have this issue or what we can do about it. seems not many people have this problem?
      I haven't had that issue try restarting computer leave device unplugged and start program and then connect. I did it on my iPad and iPhone no issues
    1. iSteed's Avatar
      iSteed -
      has anyone tried this without erasing all content and settings? The instructions say it could take more then 20 minutes if you don't but my point is... wouldn't it take that long if not longer to restore all your content anyway???? so why erase it all?
    1. Bil1505's Avatar
      Bil1505 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Groupyloopy View Post
      Anyone managed to solve problem of absinthe not launching on OS X 10.5.8
      Try This...

      It seems that Absinthe requires libcurl.4.dylib version 6.0.0 whereas Mac OS X 10.5.8 has 5.0.0, this hack works by replacing libcurl4 with version 6.0.0. This involves tweaking system files, PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!

      STEP 1: Download and extract libcurl.4.dylib 6.0.0.zip http://cmdshft.ipwn.me/other/f... to your Desktop

      STEP 2: Launch Terminal.app (Located in /Applications/Utilities/) and execute the following commands:

      STEP 3: First we'll backup libcurl4 by renaming it

      sudo mv /usr/lib/libcurl.4.dylib /usr/lib/libcurl.4.dylib-backup

      STEP 4: Now you’ll move the newly downloaded libcurl file from your Mac OS X Desktop to /usr/lib

      sudo mv ~/Desktop/libcurl.4.dylib /usr/lib/

      STEP 5: Launch Absinthe and it should work fine!

      Let us know if it works..
    1. 360psp's Avatar
      360psp -
      Does siri work?????? And if it works does it work properly?? Cuz mine seems slow
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      Quote Originally Posted by 360psp View Post
      Does siri work?????? And if it works does it work properly?? Cuz mine seems slow

      I JB my iPad 2 and iPhone 4S (factory unlock).

      everything worked just fine. I did not factory reset any of my devices and the JB on both was completed within 15 min each.

      So far everything works (including siri) and no bugs found yet....

      I installed m3g and mywi and all is perfect.


      ---sooooo far.


      Those that are having issues with the vpn...

      when the screen turns white, hit the home button, open settings click the vpn to on, hit the home button again and then tap on the poisi0n icon. Worked perfect for me...
    1. theroyalwe's Avatar
      theroyalwe -
      Quote Originally Posted by p3eps View Post
      Thanks for the reply.
      When I did the jailbreak the first time I didn't have any VPN settings at all - hence why I was getting confused.
      Now i have a VPN called 'jailbreak' after erasing my iPad and starting again. Unfortunately I now get 'A connection error occurred' when I try to run the VPN. As I've just restored from scratch, I don't have any VPN's of my own set up anyway.
      You're supposed to get an error of some sort, it will then reboot a minute or two later
    1. iPhonekis's Avatar
      iPhonekis -
      JailBroken iPhone 4s WOOOOOT!
    1. shoejocky's Avatar
      shoejocky -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bil1505 View Post
      Try This...

      It seems that Absinthe requires libcurl.4.dylib version 6.0.0 whereas Mac OS X 10.5.8 has 5.0.0, this hack works by replacing libcurl4 with version 6.0.0. This involves tweaking system files, PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!

      STEP 1: Download and extract libcurl.4.dylib 6.0.0.zip http://cmdshft.ipwn.me/other/f... to your Desktop

      STEP 2: Launch Terminal.app (Located in /Applications/Utilities/) and execute the following commands:

      STEP 3: First we'll backup libcurl4 by renaming it

      sudo mv /usr/lib/libcurl.4.dylib /usr/lib/libcurl.4.dylib-backup

      STEP 4: Now you’ll move the newly downloaded libcurl file from your Mac OS X Desktop to /usr/lib

      sudo mv ~/Desktop/libcurl.4.dylib /usr/lib/

      STEP 5: Launch Absinthe and it should work fine!

      Let us know if it works..

      Your link is dead
    1. theroyalwe's Avatar
      theroyalwe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gustavo Saliola View Post
      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.
      All that has been said is that if you want an unlock to stay on 5.0.1 (specifically 9A405) if you're not on that then just download the IPSW and restore to it using iTunes (no need to point hosts at anything other than the default)
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Ok, so after multiple attempts to jailbreak WITHOUT erasing my phone, I decided to erases and jailbreak. Worked on the FIRST TRY.

      Whats up with the donation link? Not working for me.
    1. Macmac80210's Avatar
      Macmac80210 -
      Did anyone else loose the icon for Safari? My Safari icon is just white. My safari loads, but it is just white? Any fix?
    1. shoejocky's Avatar
      shoejocky -
      Quote Originally Posted by Macmac80210 View Post
      Did anyone else loose the icon for Safari? My Safari icon is just white. My safari loads, but it is just white? Any fix?
      just reboot your phone
    1. preppyr6's Avatar
      preppyr6 -
      No problems so far except omnistat widget for notification center (sized for iphone, not ipad).

      Pod2G and team are gods...donated