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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. Varunpan's Avatar
      Varunpan -
      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
      Planetbeing just twitted that: "Just reboot and redo the jailbreak if you have problems."
    1. kfernandes29's Avatar
      kfernandes29 -
      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
      Same here. No reboot after the VPN error.

      Anyone figure this out?
    1. dominicanguy07's Avatar
      dominicanguy07 -
      Ok... turned on VPN and it gave error but no reboot... Absinthe icon gives same error establishing database connection... what to do????
    1. iGamers's Avatar
      iGamers -
      okay, absinthe finally loaded the webpage, but still no reboot, how long did it take you guys for your phone to reboot after opening the app on your phone?
    1. kfernandes29's Avatar
      kfernandes29 -
      Gonna try it again
    1. ckylew02's Avatar
      ckylew02 -
      Done on iPad2, ty ty ty
    1. satointl's Avatar
      satointl -
      Quote Originally Posted by ccuento View Post
      I'm getting a vpn error. Is anyone getting the same?
      You're supposed to get the error, and then i'll reboot automatically.
    1. chitownlilvil's Avatar
      chitownlilvil -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGamers View Post
      okay, absinthe finally loaded the webpage, but still no reboot, how long did it take you guys for your phone to reboot after opening the app on your phone?

      Got same on my iPad2, loaded webpage but hasn't done anything....still waiting
    1. turboevo's Avatar
      turboevo -
      i get the error "The Application Absinthe quit unexpectedly" error when i open it on my OSX leopard. Is that due to the website issues?
    1. Varunpan's Avatar
      Varunpan -
      Quote Originally Posted by turboevo View Post
      i get the error "The Application Absinthe quit unexpectedly" error when i open it on my OSX leopard. Is that due to the website issues?
      I getting the same error!
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Took about 5 minutes total to jailbreak and get Cydia all loaded up.
    1. Maxnic's Avatar
      Maxnic -
      Is anyone else's Cydia app crashing when you try to open it? Is it alright if I re-jailbreak it now while it's jailbroke already?
    1. Mrquarter's Avatar
      Mrquarter -
      It worked perfectly. If you have issues, redo the jailbreak. Worked for me.
    1. therandy's Avatar
      therandy -
      Can someone please post a mirror...my work is blocking the download =(
    1. DJStile's Avatar
      DJStile -
      Quote Originally Posted by Varunpan View Post
      Planetbeing just twitted that: "Just reboot and redo the jailbreak if you have problems."
      Doesn't work. Ran jailbreak, installed the Absinthe icon, click it, either has an error or just loads a website and does nothing. Tried the VPN, froze, automatically rebooted and nothing changed at all. Same icon that does the same thing, now VPN just has an error every time and does not reboot. Re-running Absinthe from my Mac says it detected an attempted jailbreak that it was repairing but changed nothing. Closed Absinthe on my Mac, reopened it and reran, went through "jailbreak" procedure again, pressed Absinthe, nothing again, redid VPN and is rebooted and worked.

      So if you didn't wanna read that, follow this:
      1. Doesn't work, close Absinthe on your Mac, reopen it, and try it all again til it does.
      2. Enjoy
      3. ???
      4. Profit
    1. bradybluhm's Avatar
      bradybluhm -
      Quote Originally Posted by AfterMercyFM View Post
      I backed up and wiped everything, then started and it's still at the same spot. What should I do? Be patient or start over?
      I had the same issue and realized what I did wrong. I backed up and wiped, but then I did not go through the initial steps on the phone to restore it (without a backup). Go through the first few pages apple has on there until it gets to the home screen. Then close and reopen absinthe. Click jailbreak and it will reload your jailbreak. Then close and open it again and this time it will work in less than a minute.
    1. satointl's Avatar
      satointl -
      It took me about 3 minutes altogether...

      Quote Originally Posted by chitownlilvil View Post
      Got same on my iPad2, loaded webpage but hasn't done anything....still waiting
      Go to Settings, turn on VPN, let the error occur, it'll reboot automatically, and Cydia will be there.
    1. soggydoughnuts's Avatar
      soggydoughnuts -
      Make sure you guys take your passcode off. Or have it unlocked the whole time during the jailbreak.

      I have a required passcode and it failed because of that... I still am waiting for the beginning jailbreak, this may take a while part though.. grr
    1. mrwalleyeman's Avatar
      mrwalleyeman -
      i got the connection error and turned on the vpn and it didnt do anything but turned off vpn off after a few seconds and then i turned it back on then the phone rebooted and now am jailbroke.total time for the jailbreak about 3 minutes
    1. AfterMercyFM's Avatar
      AfterMercyFM -
      Quote Originally Posted by AfterMercyFM View Post
      I started about 7 minutes ago and it's still at the "Beginning jailbreak, this may take a while..." and the progress bar hasn't moved. They're not lying this is taking a while. But how long did it take to get past that part for you guys? I'm on 9A405.
      Found the problem. I wiped the phone clean, but didn't go in to activate it yet. So it just sat on the English and other languages screen. I went ahead and did the process to activate it, and the jailbreak took very quickly.