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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. chitownlilvil's Avatar
      chitownlilvil -
      jailbroke first time opened absinthe icon, loaded website no reboot..tried vpn got error, no reboot. Jailbroke 2nd time went to vpn first and rebooted,Cydia now appears on home screen
    1. dominicanguy07's Avatar
      dominicanguy07 -
      Got it to work!!!! Have to redo the jailbreak and then tap the Absinthe icon and it reboots immediately.... Great job jailbreak dream team!!!!
    1. Clem-Clone's Avatar
      Clem-Clone -
      Woot! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Works great!
    1. xNEOxGENESISx's Avatar
      xNEOxGENESISx -
      Aawwwwwwwwww yeaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh!!!!!!!!!!
    1. iGamers's Avatar
      iGamers -
      iPhone just rebooted and I have cydia! thank you for helping out, DJStile, I had to do the same as you, thank you
    1. iphone4idiots's Avatar
      iphone4idiots -
      I'm trying on a fresh restore to 5.0.1 of an iPad 2. I open Absinthe and get Absinthe quit unexpectedly. If my iPad isn't hooked to the Mac Mini it will tell me to connect the device and when I do I get same error. I tried downloading a second copy of Absinthe and same thing.

      Any ideas??
    1. tttdawg's Avatar
      tttdawg -
      Quote Originally Posted by iGamers View Post
      iPhone just rebooted and I have cydia! thank you for helping out, DJStile, I had to do the same as you, thank you
      My only question is do I absolutely have to back up and wipe my iPhone clean before doing the jailbreak? I'm at work right now and don't have my macbook pro with me....
    1. rel1215's Avatar
      rel1215 -
      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."
    1. iphone4idiots's Avatar
      iphone4idiots -
      I don't think this works on OS X 10.7.2 - Absinthe won't open with crashing with Absinthe quit unexpectedly error.

      Will try on iMac later
    1. tttdawg's Avatar
      tttdawg -
      Anyone?
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Quote Originally Posted by tttdawg View Post
      My only question is do I absolutely have to back up and wipe my iPhone clean before doing the jailbreak? I'm at work right now and don't have my macbook pro with me....
      Could just make a backup to iCloud
    1. AfterMercyFM's Avatar
      AfterMercyFM -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphone4idiots View Post
      I'm trying on a fresh restore to 5.0.1 of an iPad 2. I open Absinthe and get Absinthe quit unexpectedly. If my iPad isn't hooked to the Mac Mini it will tell me to connect the device and when I do I get same error. I tried downloading a second copy of Absinthe and same thing.

      Any ideas??
      I'd just reboot the computer, reboot the iPad, and start fresh. That usually takes care of dumb little errors like that.
    1. rel1215's Avatar
      rel1215 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tttdawg View Post
      Anyone?
      no, it will just take longer.
    1. Varunpan's Avatar
      Varunpan -
      Anyone else getting an "The application Absinthe quit unexpectedly" on Mac OSx 10.5.8??
    1. AfterMercyFM's Avatar
      AfterMercyFM -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphone4idiots View Post
      I don't think this works on OS X 10.7.2 - Absinthe won't open with crashing with Absinthe quit unexpectedly error.

      Will try on iMac later
      I have 10.7.2 and it works fine. Try a restart.
    1. nickswagger's Avatar
      nickswagger -
      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 here, not recognizing iPad 2 being plugged in.
    1. Bil1505's Avatar
      Bil1505 -
      I have downloaded and unziped Absinthe on my Mac desktop. I am using an older Mac PowerMac G5 on OSX 10.5.8. When I go to open Absinthe, I am getting an error stating that "my computers architecture does not support this program." Does this mean that Absinthe is only able to be used on newer Intel Macs?..Please let me know if anybody has encountered this problem or has any solutions....Otherwise, looks like I am waiting for the Windows version.
    1. Varunpan's Avatar
      Varunpan -
      Damn, so i need to update mac OSx ... grr. il just wait for the windows version. :/
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Thanks for the guide!
      Lost my iBooks as soon as it installed
    1. SoldierRican's Avatar
      SoldierRican -
      Absinth for Mac in a torrent for those who can't access website.
      Hope Devs don't get mad if so will remove just let me know. thanks

      File name: absinthe-mac-0.1.2-1.zip.torrent File size: 6.47 KB