Jailbreak

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Jailbreaking is the process by which full execute and write access is obtained on all the partitions of the Apple TV, iPad, iPad mini, iPhone or iPod touch. It is done by patching /private/etc/fstab to mount the System partition as 'read-write'. This is entirely different from an unlock. Jailbreaking is the first action that must be taken before things like unofficial activation (hacktivation), and unofficial unlocking can be applied.

The original jailbreak also included modifying the AFC service (used by iTunes to access the filesystem) to give full filesystem access from root. This was later updated to create a new service (AFC2) that allows access to the full filesystem.

Modern jailbreaks also include patching the kernel to get around code signing and other restrictions. These are called Kernel Patches.

Note: The legality of jailbreaking your device varies with each country/region. Wikipedia has a summary of legality for some countries.

Version numbers are the first to jailbreak and last is the last supported version. Last will only be listed if a newer version is out that does not support the device and iOS.

Note: The Apple TV 3G has never been jailbroken.

Jailbreak Tools

1.x

iOS Jailbreak Tool Tool Version Devices
iPhone iPod touch
1.0 AppSnapp 1.0 No N/A
AppTapp Installer Yes
iBrickr 0.5-0.91
1.0.1 AppSnapp 1.0 No N/A
AppTapp Installer Yes
iBrickr 0.5-0.91
1.0.2 AppSnapp 1.0 No N/A
AppTapp Installer Yes
iBrickr 0.6-0.91
1.1 AppSnapp 1.0 N/A No
AppTapp Installer
1.1.1 AppSnapp 1.0 Yes
1.1.2 OktoPrep 1.0 Update from jailbroken 1.1.1
1.1.3 iLiberty / iLiberty+ 1.0 Yes
Soft Upgrade Update from jailbroken 1.1.2
ZiPhone 3.0 Yes
1.1.4 iLiberty / iLiberty+ 1.0 Yes
PwnageTool 1.1.4
ZiPhone 3.0
1.1.5 iLiberty / iLiberty+ 1.0 N/A Yes
ZiPhone 3.0

2.x

iOS Jailbreak Tool Tool Version Devices
iPhone iPhone 3G iPod touch iPod touch 2G
2.0 PwnageTool 2.0-2.0.3 Yes N/A
QuickPwn 1.0 Yes No Yes
2.0.1 PwnageTool 2.0-2.0.3 Yes N/A
QuickPwn 1.0 Yes No Yes
2.0.2 PwnageTool 2.0-2.0.3 Yes N/A
QuickPwn 1.0 Yes No Yes
2.1 PwnageTool 2.1 Yes N/A
QuickPwn 1.0 Yes No Yes
2.1.1 redsn0w Lite N/A Yes1
2.2 PwnageTool 2.2-2.2.1 Yes
QuickPwn 1.0 Yes No Yes No
2.2.1 PwnageTool 2.2.1 - 2.2.5 Yes
QuickPwn 1.0 Yes No Yes No
redsn0w 0.3 No Yes

1 Only applicable for devices with the old bootrom.

3.x

iOS Jailbreak Tool Tool Version Devices
iPad 1G iPhone 2G iPhone 3G iPod touch 1G iPod touch 2G iPod touch 3G
3.0 purplera1n 1.0 N/A Yes No Yes Yes2 N/A
PwnageTool 3.0 Yes
redsn0w 0.8-0.9.3 Yes Yes2
3.0.1 redsn0w 0.8-0.9.3 N/A Yes N/A
3.1 blackra1n 1.0 N/A Yes N/A
PwnageTool 3.1-3.1.3
redsn0w 0.9.2-0.9.3
3.1.1 blackra1n 1.0 N/A Tethered
PwnageTool 3.1.3 Yes3 No
redsn0w 0.9.3 Yes1 Tethered
3.1.2 blackra1n 1.0 N/A Yes Tethered
PwnageTool 3.1.4 Yes1 No
redsn0w 0.9.2-0.9.3 Tethered
sn0wbreeze Public Beta-2.9.14 No Yes No
Spirit 1.0 Yes No
Star (JailbreakMe 2.0) Yes No
3.1.3 blackra1n 1.0 N/A Yes No
PwnageTool 3.1.5 Yes1 No
redsn0w 0.9.4
sn0wbreeze 1.5-2.9.14 No Yes
Spirit 1.0 Yes No Yes
Star (JailbreakMe 2.0) Yes
3.2 sn0wbreeze  ???-2.9.14 Yes N/A
Spirit 1.0
Star (JailbreakMe 2.0)
3.2.1 sn0wbreeze  ???-2.9.14 Yes N/A
Star (JailbreakMe 2.0) 1.0
3.2.2 greenpois0n RC4 Yes N/A
limera1n 1.0
PwnageTool 4.1-4.1.3
redsn0w 0.9.6b21-0.9.11b4
sn0wbreeze 2.1-2.9.14

1 An earlier version of Cydia is installed.
2 Only applicable for devices with the old bootrom.
3 Only applicable for devices with the old bootrom. Requires the device to have signature checks disabled (pwned).

4.x

iOS Jailbreak Tool Tool Version Devices
iPad iPad 2 iPhone 3G iPhone 3GS iPhone 4 (iPhone3,1) iPhone 4 (iPhone3,3) iPod touch 2G iPod touch 3G iPod touch 4G
4.0 limera1n 1.0 N/A No Yes N/A No Yes N/A
PwnageTool 4.0-4.01 Yes Yes2 No Yes2 No
redsn0w 0.9.5b3-0.9.6b3 No
sn0wbreeze 1.6-2.9.14 Yes Yes
Star (JailbreakMe 2.0) 2.0 Yes
4.0.1 limera1n 1.0 N/A No Yes N/A
PwnageTool 4.0 No Yes2 3 No
redsn0w 0.9.5b3-0.9.6b3 Yes No
sn0wbreeze 1.6-2.9.14 Yes
Star (JailbreakMe 2.0) 2.0 Yes
4.0.2 limera1n 1.0 N/A No Yes N/A No Yes N/A
PwnageTool 4.0 No Yes2 3 No No
redsn0w 0.9.5b3/0.9.6b3 Yes No Yes2 No
sn0wbreeze 2.0.2-2.9.14 Yes Yes
4.1 greenpois0n RC5-RC6.1 Yes N/A No Yes N/A Yes
limera1n 1.0
PwnageTool 4.1-4.1.3 Yes No
redsn0w 0.9.6b1-0.9.10b8b Yes
sn0wbreeze 2.1-2.9.5
4.2.1 greenpois0n RC5-RC6.1 Yes N/A No Yes N/A Yes
PwnageTool 4.2 Yes No Yes
redsn0w 0.9.6b1-0.9.11b4 Yes Yes4
sn0wbreeze 2.2-2.9.14 Yes
4.2.5 PwnageTool - N/A No N/A
redsn0w -
sn0wbreeze -
4.2.6 greenpois0n RC5 b4-RC6.1 N/A Yes N/A
PwnageTool 4.2
redsn0w 0.9.6rc9-0.9.10b8b
Saffron (JailbreakMe 3.0) 3.0
sn0wbreeze 2.2-2.9.14
unthredera1n  ?
4.2.7 redsn0w 0.9.8b2-0.9.10b8b N/A Yes N/A
Saffron (JailbreakMe 3.0) 3.0
sn0wbreeze 2.6-2.9.14
unthredera1n  ?
4.2.8 PwnageTool 4.2 N/A Yes3 N/A
redsn0w 0.9.6rc18-0.9.10b8b Yes
Saffron (JailbreakMe 3.0) 3.0
sn0wbreeze 2.7-2.9.14
unthredera1n  ?
4.2.9 redsn0w 0.9.8b3-0.9.10b8b N/A Tethered N/A
unthredera1n  ? Yes
4.2.10 redsn0w 0.9.8b7-0.9.10b8b N/A Tethered N/A
unthredera1n  ? Yes
4.3 PwnageTool 4.2 No N/A Yes1 3 N/A No
redsn0w 0.9.6rc9-0.9.11b4 Tethered No Yes Tethered
Saffron (JailbreakMe 3.0) 3.0 Yes Yes
sn0wbreeze 2.3b4-2.9.14
unthredera1n  ?
4.3.1 PwnageTool 4.3 Yes No N/A Yes N/A Yes
redsn0w 0.9.6rc9-0.9.11b4
Saffron (JailbreakMe 3.0) 3.0 No Yes
sn0wbreeze 2.5-2.9.14 Yes
unthredera1n  ?
4.3.2 PwnageTool 4.3.2 Yes No N/A Yes N/A Yes
redsn0w 0.9.6rc13-0.9.11b4
Saffron (JailbreakMe 3.0) 3.0
sn0wbreeze 2.6-2.9.14
unthredera1n  ?
4.3.3 PwnageTool 4.3.3-4.3.3.1 Yes No N/A Yes N/A Yes
redsn0w 0.9.6rc16-0.9.11b4
Saffron (JailbreakMe 3.0)  ? Yes
sn0wbreeze 2.7-2.9.14 Yes No
unthredera1n  ?
4.3.4 redsn0w 0.9.8b3-0.9.11b4 Tethered No N/A Tethered N/A Tethered
unthredera1n  ? Yes Yes Yes
4.3.5 redsn0w 0.9.8b7-0.9.11b4 Tethered No N/A Tethered N/A Tethered
unthredera1n  ? Yes Yes Yes

1 Tethered jailbreak on devices with the new bootrom.
2 Only applicable for devices with the old bootrom.
3 Requires an unofficial firmware bundle.

Apple TV

Note: "Marketing Version" is the version that the Apple TV reports in its "About" screen.

Marketing Version iOS Version Jailbreak Tool Tool Version Device
Apple TV 2G
4.0 4.1 greenpois0n RC6 Yes1
limera1n 1.0
PwnageTool 4.1
Seas0nPass  ? Yes
sn0wbreeze 2.1 Yes1
unthredera1n  ?
4.1 4.2 PwnageTool  ? Yes2
Seas0nPass  ? Yes
unthredera1n  ?
4.1.1 4.2.1 greenpois0n RC6-RC6.1 Yes
PwnageTool 4.2
Seas0nPass Mac 0.6.7
Seas0nPass Windows  ?
unthredera1n  ?
4.2 4.3 Seas0nPass Mac 0.7.2 Yes
Seas0nPass Windows  ?
unthredera1n  ?
4.2.1 4.3 PwnageTool 4.3-4.3.3.1 Yes
redsn0w 0.9.6rc16
Seas0nPass Mac 0.7.3
Seas0nPass Windows 0.3.7.13.2017
sn0wbreeze 2.5-2.7.1
unthredera1n  ?
4.2.2 4.3 PwnageTool 4.3-4.3.3.1 Yes2
Seas0nPass Mac 0.7.6.??? Yes
Seas0nPass Windows 0.3.13.2017
unthredera1n  ?
4.3 Seas0nPass Mac 0.7.8.??? Yes
Seas0nPass Windows 0.3.29.????
unthredera1n  ?

1 No package management GUI.
2 User needs to manually add PwnageTool firmware bundle into application.

5.x

iOS Jailbreak Tool Tool Version Devices
iPad 1G iPad 2 iPad 3 iPhone 3GS iPhone 4 iPhone 4S iPod touch 3G iPod touch 4G
5.0 Absinthe 0.1-0.4 No N/A No Yes No
PwnageTool 4.3.31 Tethered No No Tethered No
redsn0w 0.9.9b3-0.9.11b4 Tethered No Tethered
sn0wbreeze 2.8b8
unthredera1n  ? Yes Yes Yes
5.0.1 Absinthe 0.1-0.4 No Yes N/A No Yes No
PwnageTool 5.0.1 Yes No Yes No Yes
redsn0w 0.9.10b4-0.9.11b4 Yes Yes
sn0wbreeze 2.8b11-2.9.14 Yes No Yes No Yes
unthredera1n  ?
5.1 redsn0w 0.9.10b6-0.9.11b4 Yes No Tethered No Tethered
sn0wbreeze 2.9.2-2.9.3
unthredera1n  ? Yes Yes
5.1.1 Absinthe 2.0-2.0.4 Yes
cinject 0.5.3-0.5.4
PwnageTool 5.1.1 Yes No Yes No
redsn0w 0.9.12b1-0.9.14b2 Yes
sn0wbreeze 2.9.6-2.9.14 Yes No Yes No Yes
unthredera1n  ?

1 Requires an unofficial PwnageTool bundle.

Apple TV

Note: "Marketing Version" is the version that the Apple TV reports in its "About" screen.

Marketing Version iOS Version Jailbreak Tool Tool Version Device
Apple TV 2G
4.4 5.0 Seas0nPass Mac 0.7.9.??? Tethered
Seas0nPass Windows 0.3.37.????
unthredera1n  ? Yes
4.4.1 5.0 Seas0nPass Mac 0.7.9.210 Tethered
Seas0nPass Windows 0.3.37.????
unthredera1n  ? Yes
4.4.2 5.0 Seas0nPass Mac 0.7.9.230 Tethered
Seas0nPass Windows 0.3.42.3335
unthredera1n  ? Yes
4.4.3 5.0.1 Seas0nPass Mac 0.7.9.270 Yes
Seas0nPass Windows 0.3.44.????
unthredera1n  ?
4.4.4 5.0.1 Seas0nPass Mac 0.7.9.290 Yes
Seas0nPass Windows 0.3.45.4035
unthredera1n  ?
5.0 5.1 Seas0nPass Mac 0.8.3.470 Tethered
Seas0nPass Windows 0.8.3.5592
unthredera1n  ? Yes
5.0.1 5.1.1 PwnageTool 5.1.11 Tethered
Seas0nPass Mac 0.8.4.518 Yes
Seas0nPass Windows 0.8.4.6306
unthredera1n  ?
5.0.2 5.1.1 Seas0nPass Mac 0.8.6.565 Yes
Seas0nPass Windows 0.8.6.7558
unthredera1n  ?

1 No package management GUI.

6.x

iOS Jailbreak Tool Tool Version Devices
iPad 2 iPad 3 iPad 4 iPad mini 1G iPhone 3GS iPhone 4 iPhone 4S iPhone 5 iPod touch 4G iPod touch 5G
6.0 evasi0n 1.0-1.5.3 Yes
redsn0w 0.9.15b11-0.9.15b31 No Yes1 Tethered No Tethered No
sn0wbreeze 2.9.8-2.9.14 Yes Yes
6.0.1 evasi0n 1.0-1.5.3 Yes
redsn0w 0.9.15b12-0.9.15b32 No Yes2 Tethered2 No Tethered2 No
sn0wbreeze 2.9.8-2.9.14 Yes Yes
6.0.2 evasi0n 1.0-1.5.3 N/A Yes N/A Yes N/A
6.1 evasi0n 1.0-1.5.3 Yes
redsn0w 0.9.15b12-0.9.15b32 No Yes2 Tethered2 No Tethered2 No
sn0wbreeze 2.9.8-2.9.14 Yes Yes
6.1.1 evasi0n 1.3-1.5.3 N/A Yes N/A
6.1.2 evasi0n 1.4-1.5.3 Yes
redsn0w 0.9.15b12-0.9.15b32 No Yes2 Tethered2 No Tethered2 No
sn0wbreeze 2.9.10-2.9.14 Yes Yes
6.1.3 p0sixspwn 1.0-1.0.8 Yes
redsn0w 0.9.15b13-0.9.15b33 No Yes3 Tethered3 No Tethered3 No
sn0wbreeze 2.9.144 Tethered4 Tethered4
6.1.4 p0sixspwn 1.0-1.0.8 N/A Yes N/A
6.1.5 p0sixspwn 1.0-1.0.8 N/A Yes N/A
redsn0w 0.9.15b13-0.9.15b33 Tethered3
6.1.6 p0sixspwn 1.0.8 N/A Yes N/A Yes N/A
redsn0w 0.9.15b13-0.9.15b33 Tethered3 Tethered3

1 Tethered jailbreak on devices not vulnerable to 0x24000 Segment Overflow. Upgradable to untethered jailbreak via evasi0n Cydia package.
2 Tethered jailbreak on devices not vulnerable to 0x24000 Segment Overflow. Requires pointing to 6.0 IPSW. Upgradable to untethered jailbreak via evasi0n Cydia package.
3 Tethered jailbreak on devices not vulnerable to 0x24000 Segment Overflow. Requires pointing to 6.0 IPSW. Upgradable to untethered jailbreak via p0sixspwn Cydia package.
4 Tethered jailbreak on devices not vulnerable to 0x24000 Segment Overflow. Upgradable to untethered jailbreak via p0sixspwn Cydia package.

Apple TV

Note: "Marketing Version" is the version that the Apple TV reports in its "About" screen.

Marketing Version iOS Version Jailbreak Tool Tool Version Device
Apple TV 2G
5.1 6.0 redsn0w 0.9.15b1 Tethered
evasi0n 1.0-1.5.3 Yes
Seas0nPass Mac 0.8.?
Seas0nPass Windows
5.1.1 6.0.1 redsn0w 0.9.15b32 Tethered
evasi0n 1.0-1.5.3 Yes
Seas0nPass Mac 0.8.?
Seas0nPass Windows
5.2 6.1 redsn0w 0.9.15b32 Tethered
evasi0n 1.0-1.5.3 Yes
Seas0nPass Mac 0.8.9.655
Seas0nPass Windows 0.8.9.11241
5.2.1 6.1.3 redsn0w 0.9.15b32 Tethered
p0sixspwn 1.0-1.0.8 Yes
Seas0nPass Mac 0.9.?1
Seas0nPass Windows
5.3 6.1.4 redsn0w 0.9.15b32 Tethered
p0sixspwn 1.0-1.0.8 Yes
Seas0nPass Mac 0.9.5
Seas0nPass Windows

1 Tethered jailbreak.
2 Point at 6.0 IPSW. Also Tethered jailbreak.

7.x

iOS Jailbreak Tool Tool Version Devices
iPad 2 iPad 3 iPad 4 iPad Air iPad mini 1G iPad mini 2G iPhone 4 iPhone 4S iPhone 5 iPhone 5c iPhone 5s iPod touch 5G
7.0 evasi0n7 1.0-1.0.7 Yes Yes1 Yes
7.0.1 evasi0n7 1.0-1.0.7 N/A Yes N/A
7.0.2 evasi0n7 1.0-1.0.7 Yes
7.0.3 evasi0n7 1.0-1.0.7 Yes
7.0.4 evasi0n7 1.0-1.0.7 Yes
7.0.5 evasi0n7 1.0.5-1.0.7 N/A Yes N/A
7.0.6 evasi0n7 1.0.6-1.0.7 Yes
7.1 Geeksn0w 2.5-2.8.33 / 2.9-2.9.12 No Tethered/Semi-Tethered No
Pangu 1.0.0-1.2.0 Yes
7.1.1 Geeksn0w 2.9-2.9.12 No Semi-Tethered No
Pangu 1.0.0-1.2.0 Yes
7.1.2 Pangu 1.0.0-1.2.0 Yes

1 Build 11A466. Requires a hex edit of evasi0n7 binary. See this.
2 Semi-Tethered jailbreak
3 Tethered jailbreak. Upgradable to Semi-Tethered jailbreak via repo http://geekrepo.beiphone.it package

Apple TV

  • There is no jailbreak available for the Apple TV 2G on 7.x.

See Also