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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. shkmbl33's Avatar
      shkmbl33 -
      Got the jailbreak done and cydia app is installed but when I try to open it, it starts to open then closes. Did a reboot and still the same thing. anybody have any suggestions?
    1. oogotbagsoo's Avatar
      oogotbagsoo -
      Quote Originally Posted by shkmbl33 View Post
      Got the jailbreak done and cydia app is installed but when I try to open it, it starts to open then closes. Did a reboot and still the same thing. anybody have any suggestions?
      I'm having the same problem. Cydia crashes right away.
    1. mwcoexec's Avatar
      mwcoexec -
      For anyone having problems with absinthe not recognizing your device...I had the same problem! Tried multiple restarts of the computer (osx 10.6.8) and multiple device reboots (4s iOS 5.0.1 9a405). Finally booted my MacBook in safe mode and it worked smooth as silk!
    1. nnfdcane's Avatar
      nnfdcane -
      Guys I need some help. I dl absinthe zip, double click on it and it asks if I want to open application, I click open but I get ''application quit unexpectedly''. It gives me options to ignore, report to apple, or relaunch. Relaunch just pops the same window back up. I tried deleting and re downloading several times, same thing.
      Any ideas?????
    1. Agent929's Avatar
      Agent929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by revblaze View Post
      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 :-)


      you are a ******* genius!!
    1. btuck2246's Avatar
      btuck2246 -
      Worked!!!! Question though, I backed up and wiped the phone before jb, now if I click restore from backup will I lose the jb?
    1. vndrmrn's Avatar
      vndrmrn -
      its not working for me i downloaded the firmware off this site
    1. iadventure's Avatar
      iadventure -
      paypal link gave a fatal error, I would like to donate...
    1. cvillelli's Avatar
      cvillelli -
      I'm on a Verizon 4s on 5.0.1 and I was playing with SBSettings after jailbreaking and now I lost service! Please help. The phone worked fine all day but tonight when I got home I was messing with SBSettings and it resprung and lost service. Please help.
    1. CsSxPlay3r's Avatar
      CsSxPlay3r -
      Quote Originally Posted by cvillelli View Post
      I'm on a Verizon 4s on 5.0.1 and I was playing with SBSettings after jailbreaking and now I lost service! Please help. The phone worked fine all day but tonight when I got home I was messing with SBSettings and it resprung and lost service. Please help.
      same EXACT thing happened to me. i tried everything to get the service back to working and it wouldnt. The only thing that worked was to fully restore the iPhone which kinda sucked. No one is answering my question so im not sure what we can do =/ im also verizon
    1. cvillelli's Avatar
      cvillelli -
      Quote Originally Posted by CsSxPlay3r View Post
      same EXACT thing happened to me. i tried everything to get the service back to working and it wouldnt. The only thing that worked was to fully restore the iPhone which kinda sucked. No one is answering my question so im not sure what we can do =/ im also verizon
      I'm afraid I'll have to do the same thing which really isn't that big of a deal, but still, I've never had issues with SBSettings before and now I'm an unhappy camper.
    1. vondersaar's Avatar
      vondersaar -
      I have ipad2 and Iphone 4s and neither when I plugged in would allow me to click on the jailbreak button, using my macbook. Went into office have 2 imacs it detected right away and allowed me to click on jailbreak but then stayed on this may take awhile for 30 min and didnt move? I did a compete wipe out and reset network settings? I am not one that usually ask for help but I have been working at this for awhile and running from machine to machine any help appreciated thanks
    1. ajoker86's Avatar
      ajoker86 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sleightofhand1971 View Post
      I am in the same boat. I have tried everything and nothing is working. I have no clue how to resolve this...
      Oki, same here. I have a macbook 10.7.2 runs 64bit.

      Same problem, absinthe closed unexpectedly. tried rebooting many times, but no use.

      My version is 5.0.1(9a405) then after restoring and trying again changed to (9a406). I have tried in both versions but same problem. plz can anyone tell me should i downgrade? if yes. Why? i had the same issue before. "closed unexpectedly"

      Thanks all.
    1. keatonec's Avatar
      keatonec -
      i have been trying to get this to work for a couple of hours and it still wont. I am running sow leopard 10.5.8 iphone 4s 5.0.1.

      Everytime I try and start absinthe it just quits instantly. I tried the other method with terminal and it didnt work. Please can someone help me I want to jb my phone so bad.
    1. mushromking's Avatar
      mushromking -
      Please help, After iphone 42 Jaibreak i can't connect to any cellular data or send texts,, any solutions?
    1. back2thebeatof84's Avatar
      back2thebeatof84 -
      Quite surprised I cannot figure this out on my own. I thought my itunes backed up my iphone (which it didn't). Here I sit with a freshly jailbroken stock 4S on 5.0.1 (since my backup failed to restore my previous settings); however, Cydia will not open for me. It will open up for 2 seconds and close. Next attempt it will open 1 second and close. After that, it'll just literally close automatically. I'm doing another Clear All Settings and Data and reattempting another Absinthe JB. Will update soon.

      Quote Originally Posted by back2thebeatof84 View Post
      Quite surprised I cannot figure this out on my own. I thought my itunes backed up my iphone (which it didn't). Here I sit with a freshly jailbroken stock 4S on 5.0.1 (since my backup failed to restore my previous settings); however, Cydia will not open for me. It will open up for 2 seconds and close. Next attempt it will open 1 second and close. After that, it'll just literally close automatically. I'm doing another Clear All Settings and Data and reattempting another Absinthe JB. Will update soon.
      update! MMi users: update your iTunes to the latest version if you're having the Cydia opening/closing problem. Doubt that it is actually the technical solution, but it worked for me. Excited to get things rolling here
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      Anyone else experiencing a Longer then usual jailbreak? I've been stuck on Beginning jailbreak, this may take a while...it's been stuck on this for almost 40mins? is there something else i need done?
    1. xMaTTyB's Avatar
      xMaTTyB -
      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..
      Unfortunately not. Cheers anyway though mate.
    1. truenorth's Avatar
      truenorth -
      Quote Originally Posted by mwcoexec View Post
      For anyone having problems with absinthe not recognizing your device...I had the same problem! Tried multiple restarts of the computer (osx 10.6.8) and multiple device reboots (4s iOS 5.0.1 9a405). Finally booted my MacBook in safe mode and it worked smooth as silk!
      How do you boot in safe mode?

      Quote Originally Posted by truenorth View Post
      How do you boot in safe mode?
      Never mind. JBing now.
    1. cookbenj's Avatar
      cookbenj -
      when mine says a VPN config error occurred, it doesn't restart after that :/

      make sure you don't have a passcode on your idevice else it will be unlikely to jailbreak