Jailbreak

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This is the process by which full execute and write access is obtained on all the partitions of the iPhone. 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. See 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.

See Also

Exploits which were used in order to jailbreak 1.x

1.0.2

  • Restore Mode (iBoot had a command named cp, which had access to the whole filesystem)

1.1.1

1.1.2

  • Mknod (an upgrade jailbreak)

1.1.3 / 1.1.4 / 1.1.5

Exploits which are used in order to jailbreak 2.x

2.0 / 2.0.1 / 2.0.2 / 2.1

2.1.1

2.2

2.2.1

Exploits which are used in order to jailbreak 3.x

3.0 / 3.0.1

3.1 / 3.1.1

3.1.2

3.1.3

3.2

3.2.1

3.2.2

Exploits which are used in order to jailbreak 4.x

4.0 / 4.0.1

4.0.2

4.1

4.2.1

4.2.6 / 4.2.7 / 4.2.8

4.2.9 / 4.2.10

4.3

4.3.1 / 4.3.2 / 4.3.3

4.3.4 / 4.3.5

Exploits which are used in order to jailbreak 5.x

5.0

5.0.1

5.1

5.1.1

Exploits which are used in order to jailbreak 6.x

6.0 / 6.0.1 / 6.0.2 / 6.1 / 6.1.1 / 6.1.2

6.1.3 / 6.1.4 / 6.1.5 / 6.1.6

  • ?

Exploits which are used in order to jailbreak 7.x

7.0 / 7.0.1 / 7.0.2 / 7.0.3 / 7.0.4 / 7.0.5 / 7.0.6

  •  ?

7.1

Jailbreak Tools

Apple TV 2G

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
4.0/4.1 4.1/4.2 4.1.1/4.2.1 4.2/4.3 4.2.1/4.3 4.2.2/4.3 4.3 4.4/5.0 4.4.1/5.0 4.4.2/5.0 4.4.3/5.0.1 4.4.4/5.0.1 5.0/5.1 5.0.1/5.1.1 5.0.2/5.1.1 5.1/6.0 5.1.1/6.0.1 5.2/6.1 5.2.1/6.1.3 5.3/6.1.4 6.0/7.0.1 6.0/7.0.2 6.0.1/7.0.3 6.0.2/7.0.4 6.0.2/7.0.6 6.1/7.1
evasi0n No 1.0 No
greenpois0n no package management GUI No RC6-RC6.1 No
limera1n no package management GUI No
p0sixspwn No 1.0 No
PwnageTool no package management GUI Restore from a custom firmware with unofficial bundle1 4.2 No 4.3-4.3.3.1 4.3-4.3.3.12 No 5.1.1 (no package management GUI) No
redsn0w No 0.9.6rc16 No 0.9.15b11 0.9.15b33 No
Seas0nPass (Mac)  ??? -  ??? - 0.6.7 - 0.7.2 - 0.7.3 - 0.7.6.??? - 0.7.8.??? - 0.7.9.???1 - 0.7.9.2101 - 0.7.9.2301 - 0.7.9.270 - 0.7.9.290 - 0.8.3.4701 - 0.8.4.518 - 0.8.6.565 - 0.8.? - 0.8.? - 0.8.9.655 - 0.9.?1 - 0.9.5 - No
Seas0nPass (Windows)  ??? -  ??? -  ??? -  ??? - 0.3.7.???? - 0.3.13.???? - 0.3.29.???? - 0.3.37.????1 - 0.3.42.33351 - 0.3.44.???? - 0.3.45.4035 - 0.8.3.55921 0.8.4.6306 - 0.8.6.7558 - 0.8.? - 0.8.? - 0.8.9.11241 - 0.9.?1 - 0.9.5 - No
sn0wbreeze no package management GUI No 2.5-2.7.1 No 2.9.8 No
unthredera1n no package management GUI Yes No

1 Tethered jailbreak.
2 User needs to manually add PwnageTool firmware bundle into application.
3 Point at 6.0 IPSW. Also Tethered jailbreak.

Apple TV 3G (AppleTV3,1)

  • No jailbreak currently available.

Apple TV 3G (AppleTV3,2)

  • No jailbreak currently available.

iPad

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
3.2 3.2.1 3.2.2 4.2.1 4.3 4.3.1 4.3.2 4.3.3 4.3.4 4.3.5 5.0 5.0.1 5.1 5.1.1
Absinthe No 2.0-2.0.4 No 2.0-2.0.4
greenpois0n No RC4 RC5-RC6.1 No
limera1n No Yes No
PwnageTool No 4.1-4.1.3 4.2 No 4.3 4.3.2 4.3.3-4.3.3.1 4.3.31 3 No 4.3.31 3 5.0.1 No 5.1.1
redsn0w No 0.9.6b22-0.9.11b4 0.9.6b41 2-0.9.11b4 0.9.6rc91-0.9.11b41 0.9.6rc9-0.9.11b4 0.9.6rc14-0.9.11b4 0.9.6rc16-0.9.11b4 0.9.8b3-0.9.11b41 0.9.8b7-0.9.11b41 0.9.9b3-0.9.11b41 0.9.10b4-0.9.11b4 0.9.10b61-0.9.11b41 0.9.12b1
Saffron No Yes No
sn0wbreeze No 2.1-2.9.3 2.2-2.9.3 2.3b41-2.9.31 2.5-2.9.3 2.6-2.9.3 2.7-2.9.3 No 2.8b81-2.9.31 2.8b111-2.9.3 2.9.21-2.9.31 2.9.7
Spirit Yes No
Star Yes No
unthredera1n No Yes

1 Tethered jailbreak
2 An earlier version of Cydia is installed.
3 Requires an unofficial PwnageTool bundle.

iPad 2

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
4.3 4.3.1 4.3.2 4.3.3 4.3.4 4.3.5 5.0 5.0.1 5.1 5.1.1 6.0 6.0.1 6.1 6.1.2 6.1.3 7.0 7.0.2 7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.6 7.1
Absinthe No 0.2-0.4 No 2.01-2.0.4 No
evasi0n No 1.0 1.4 No
evasi0n7 No 1.0.0 1.0.6 No
p0sixspwn No 1.0 No
redsn0w No 0.9.10b7-0.9.11b4 No 0.9.12b1 No
Saffron No Yes No

1 Not compatible with iPad2,4

iPad 3

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
5.1 5.1.1 6.0 6.0.1 6.1 6.1.2 6.1.3 7.0 7.0.2 7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.6 7.1
Absinthe No 2.0-2.0.4 No
evasi0n No 1.0 1.4 No
evasi0n7 No 1.0.0 1.0.6 No
p0sixspwn No 1.0 No
redsn0w No 0.9.12b1 No

iPad 4

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
6.0 6.0.1 6.1 6.1.2 6.1.3 7.0 7.0.2 7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.6 7.1
evasi0n 1.0 1.4 No
evasi0n7 No 1.0.0 1.0.6 No
p0sixspwn No 1.0 No

iPad Air

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.6 7.1
evasi0n7 1.0.0 1.0.6 No

iPad mini 1G

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
6.0 6.0.1 6.0.2 6.1 6.1.2 6.1.3 7.0 7.0.2 7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.6 7.1
evasi0n 1.0 1.4 No
evasi0n7 No 1.0.0 1.0.6 No
p0sixspwn No 1.0 No

iPad mini 2G

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.6 7.1
evasi0n7 1.0.0 1.0.6 No

iPhone

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
1.0.0 1.0.1 1.0.2 1.1.1 1.1.2 1.1.3 1.1.4 2.0 2.0.1 2.0.2 2.1 2.2 2.2.1 3.0 3.0.1 3.1 3.1.2 3.1.3
AppSnapp No Yes No
AppTapp Installer Yes No
blackra1n No Yes No
iBrickr 0.5-0.91 0.6-0.91 No
iLiberty / iLiberty+ No Yes No
OktoPrep No Update from jailbroken 1.1.1 No
purplera1n No Yes No
PwnageTool No 1.1.4 2.0/2.0.3 2.0.1/2.0.3 2.0.2/2.0.3 2.1 2.2 2.2.5 3.0 No 3.1/3.1.3 3.1.4 3.1.5
QuickPwn No Yes No
redsn0w No 0.9.3 0.9.4
Soft Upgrade No Update from jailbroken 1.1.2 No
Star No Yes
ZiPhone No Yes No

iPhone 3G

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
2.0 2.0.1 2.0.2 2.1 2.2 2.2.1 3.0 3.0.1 3.1 3.1.2 3.1.3 4.0 4.0.1 4.0.2 4.1 4.2.1
blackra1n No Yes No
limera1n No Yes No
PwnageTool 2.0-2.0.1 2.0.1-2.0.3 2.0.2-2.0.3 2.1 2.2 2.2.5 3.0 No 3.1-3.1.3 3.1.4 3.1.5 4.0-4.01 No 4.1-4.1.3 4.2
redsn0w No 0.8 0.9.2-0.9.3 0.9.2-0.9.3 0.9.4 0.9.5b3-0.9.6b3 0.9.6b1-0.9.6rc19
sn0wbreeze No 1.0-2.0.2 1.5-2.0.2 1.6-2.0.2 No 2.1 2.2-2.2.1
Spirit No Yes No
Star No Yes No

iPhone 3GS

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
3.0 3.0.1 3.1 3.1.2 3.1.3 4.0 4.0.1 4.0.2 4.1 4.2.1 4.3 4.3.1 4.3.2 4.3.3 4.3.4 4.3.5 5.0 5.0.1 5.1 5.1.1 6.0 6.0.1 6.1 6.1.2 6.1.3 6.1.6
Absinthe No 2.0-2.0.4 No
blackra1n No Tethered1 No
evasi0n No 1.0 1.4 No
limera1n No Yes No
greenpois0n No RC4 RC5-RC6.1 No
p0sixspwn No 1.0 Cydia package only
purplera1n Yes No
PwnageTool No Yes2 3.1.42 Yes2 Yes2 3 4.1-4.1.3 4.2 4.21 3 4.3 4.3.2 4.3.3-4.3.3.1 No 5.0.1 No 5.1.1 No
redsn0w 0.8 0.9.21 or 0.9.31 No 0.9.6b2-0.9.10b8b 0.9.6b41 0.9.6rc91 0.9.6rc91 0.9.6rc131 0.9.6rc16 0.9.8b31 0.9.8b71 0.9.9b31 0.9.9b91 0.9.10b61 0.9.12b1 0.9.15b11 0.9.15b14
Saffron No Yes No
sn0wbreeze No 2.0.21 2-2.9.3 2.1-2.9.3 2.2-2.9.3 2.3b41-2.9.3 2.5-2.9.3 2.6-2.9.3 2.7-2.9.3 No 2.8b81-2.9.31 2.8b111-2.9.3 2.9.21-2.9.31 2.9.7 2.9.8 2.9.10 2.9.141 No
Spirit No Yes No
Star No No Yes No
unthredera1n No Yes No

1 Tethered jailbreak on devices with the new bootrom.
2 Only applicable for devices with the old bootrom.
3 Requires an unofficial firmware bundle.
4 Point at 6.0 IPSW. Tethered (but can be upgraded to untethered by downloading the p0sixspwn package from Cydia).

iPhone 4 (iPhone3,1)

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
4.0 4.0.1 4.0.2 4.1 4.2.1 4.3 4.3.1 4.3.2 4.3.3 4.3.4 4.3.5 5.0 5.0.1 5.1 5.1.1 (9B206) 5.1.1 (9B208) 6.0 6.0.1 6.1 6.1.2 6.1.3 7.0 7.0.2 7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.6 7.1
Absinthe No 2.0 2.0.2 No
evasi0n No 1.0 1.4 No
evasi0n7 No 1.0.0 1.0.6 No
Geeksn0w No 2.5-2.8.31
greenpois0n No RC4 RC5-RC6.1 No
limera1n Yes No
p0sixspwn No 1.0 No
PwnageTool No 4.1-4.1.3 4.2 4.21 3 4.3 4.3.2 4.3.3-4.3.3.1 4.3.31 3 5.0.1 No 5.1.1 No
redsn0w No 0.9.6b2-0.9.6rc16 0.9.6b41-0.9.6rc16
or 0.9.7b61 2
0.9.6rc91-0.9.6rc161 0.9.6rc91-0.9.6rc16 0.9.6rc131-0.9.6rc16 0.9.6rc16 0.9.8b31 0.9.8b71 0.9.9b31 0.9.10b6 0.9.10b61 0.9.12b1-0.9.14b2 0.9.15b11 0.9.15b14 No
Saffron No Yes No
sn0wbreeze No 2.1 2.2 2.3b41 2.5 2.6-2.6.1 2.7-2.7.1 No 2.8b81 2.9.1 No 2.9.6 2.9.8 2.9.10 2.9.141 No
Star Yes No
unthredera1n No Yes No

1 Tethered jailbreak.
2 If SHSHs were saved for iOS 4.2b3 and if you have a developer access to its IPSW, Jailbreak Monte can be used.
3 Requires an unofficial firmware bundle.
4 Requires pointing redsn0w at 6.0 IPSW. Also Tethered jailbreak.

iPhone 4 (iPhone3,2)

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
6.0 6.0.1 6.1 6.1.2 6.1.3 7.0 7.0.2 7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.6 7.1
evasi0n 1.0 1.4 No
Geeksn0w No 2.5-2.8.31
evasi0n7 No 1.0.0 1.0.6 No
p0sixspwn No 1.0 No
redsn0w 0.9.15b32 No
sn0wbreeze 2.9.8 2.9.10 2.9.141 No

1 Tethered jailbreak.
2 Requires pointing redsn0w at 6.0 IPSW. Also Tethered jailbreak.

iPhone 4 (iPhone3,3)

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
4.2.5 4.2.6 4.2.7 4.2.8 4.2.9 4.2.10 5.0 5.0.1 5.1 5.1.1 6.0 6.0.1 6.1 6.1.2 6.1.3 7.0 7.0.2 7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.6 7.1
Absinthe No 2.0 No 2.0 No
evasi0n No 1.0 1.4 No
evasi0n7 No 1.0.0 1.0.6 No
Geeksn0w No 2.5-2.8.31
greenpois0n No RC5 b4-RC6.1 No
p0sixspwn No 1.0 No
PwnageTool No 4.2 No 4.22 No 5.0.1 No
redsn0w No 0.9.6rc9-0.9.10b8b 0.9.8b2-0.9.10b8b 0.9.6rc18-0.9.10b8b 0.9.8b31-0.9.10b8b1 0.9.8b71-0.9.10b8b1 0.9.9b31-0.9.10b8b1 0.9.9b91-0.9.10b8b 0.9.10b61-0.9.10b8b1 0.9.12b1 0.9.14b11 0.9.15b33 No
Saffron No Yes No
sn0wbreeze No 2.2-2.9.3 2.6-2.9.3 2.7-2.9.3 No 2.8b91-2.9.31 2.8b111-2.9.3 2.9.21-2.9.31 2.9.7 2.9.8 2.9.10 2.9.141 No
unthredera1n No Yes No

1 Tethered jailbreak.
2 Requires unofficial bundle.
3 Requires pointing redsn0w at 6.0 IPSW. Also Tethered jailbreak.

iPhone 4S

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
5.0 5.0.1 5.0.1 (9A406) 5.1 5.1.1 6.0 6.0.1 6.1 6.1.1 6.1.2 6.1.3 7.0 7.0.2 7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.6 7.1
Absinthe 0.1.2-1 No 2.0 No
evasi0n No 1.0 1.3 1.4 No
evasi0n7 No 1.0.0 1.0.6 No
p0sixspwn No 1.0 No
redsn0w No 0.9.10b7 0.9.11b2 No 0.9.12b1 No

iPhone 5

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
6.0 6.0.1 6.0.2 6.1 6.1.2 6.1.3 6.1.4 7.0 7.0.2 7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.6 7.1
evasi0n 1.0 1.4 No
evasi0n7 No 1.0.0 1.0.6 No
p0sixspwn No 1.0 No

iPhone 5c (iPhone5,3)

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
7.0 7.0.1 7.0.2 7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.6 7.1
evasi0n7 1.0.8 1.0.0 1.0.6 No

iPhone 5c (iPhone5,4)

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
7.0 7.0.1 7.0.2 7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.5 7.0.6 7.1
evasi0n7 1.0.8 1.0.0 1.0.5 1.0.6 No

iPhone 5s (iPhone6,1)

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
7.0 7.0.1 7.0.2 7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.6 7.1
evasi0n7 1.0.8 1.0.0 1.0.6 No

iPhone 5s (iPhone6,2)

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
7.0 7.0.1 7.0.2 7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.5 7.0.6 7.1
evasi0n7 1.0.8 1.0.0 1.0.5 1.0.6 No

iPod touch

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
1.1 1.1.1 1.1.2 1.1.3 1.1.4 1.1.5 2.0 2.0.1 2.0.2 2.1 2.2 2.2.1 3.0 3.1 3.1.2 3.1.3
AppSnapp No Yes No
blackra1n No Yes No
iLiberty / iLiberty+ No Yes No
OktoPrep No Update from jailbroken 1.1.1 No
purplera1n No Yes No
PwnageTool No 1.1.4 No 2.0/2.0.3 2.0.1/2.0.3 2.1 2.2 2.2.5 3.0 3.1/3.1.3 3.1.4 3.1.5
QuickPwn No Yes No
redsn0w No 0.9.3 0.9.4
sn0wbreeze No Public Beta-2.9.5 1.5-2.9.5
Soft Upgrade No Update from jailbroken 1.1.2 No
Star No Yes
ZiPhone No Yes No

iPod touch 2G

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
2.1.1 2.2 2.2.1 3.0 3.1.1 3.1.2 3.1.3 4.0 4.0.2 4.1 4.2.1
blackra1n No Tethered3 No
greenpois0n No RC4 RC5/RC6.1
purplera1n No Yes1 No
PwnageTool No 2.2.1 3.0 3.1.32 3.1.41 3.1.51 4.01/4.011 No
redsn0w Lite1 No 0.3 0.9.21/0.9.31 0.9.41 0.9.5b3/0.9.6b31 0.9.6b13/0.9.11b4 0.9.6b41/0.9.11b4
sn0wbreeze No Public Beta-2.9.5 1.5-2.9.5 1.6-2.9.5 No 2.1-2.9.5 2.2-2.9.5
Spirit No Yes No
Star No Yes No

1 Only applicable for devices with the old bootrom.
2 Only applicable for devices with the old bootrom. Requires the device to have signature checks disabled (pwned).
3 Tethered jailbreak on devices with the new bootrom.

iPod touch 3G

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
3.1.1 3.1.2 3.1.3 4.0 4.0.2 4.1 4.2.1 4.3 4.3.1 4.3.2 4.3.3 4.3.4 4.3.5 5.0 5.0.1 5.1 5.1.1
Absinthe No 0.1.2-1 through 0.4 No 2.0-2.0.4
blackra1n 1.01 No
greenpois0n No RC4 RC5-RC6.1 No
limera1n No 1.0 No
PwnageTool No 4.1-4.1.3 4.2 No 4.3 4.3.2 4.3.3-4.3.3.1 No 5.0.1 No
redsn0w 0.9.31 No 0.9.6b2-0.9.10b8b 0.9.6b41

-0.9.10b8b

0.9.6rc91

-0.9.10b8b1

0.9.6rc91

-0.9.10b8b

0.9.6rc131

-0.9.10b8b

0.9.6rc16-0.9.10b8b 0.9.8b31

-0.9.10b8b1

0.9.8b71

-0.9.10b8b1

0.9.9b31

-0.9.10b8b1

0.9.9b91

-0.9.10b8b

0.9.10b61

-0.9.10b8b1

0.9.12b1
Saffron No Yes No Yes No
sn0wbreeze No 2.0.21-2.9.3 2.1-2.9.3 2.2-2.9.3 2.3b41-2.9.3 2.5-2.9.3 2.6-2.9.3 2.7-2.9.3 No 2.8b81-2.9.3 2.8b111-2.9.3 2.9.21-2.9.31 2.9.7
Spirit No 1.0 No
Star No 1.0 No
unthredera1n No Yes

1 Tethered jailbreak.

iPod touch 4G

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
4.1 / 4.1 4.2.1 4.3 4.3.1 4.3.2 4.3.3 4.3.4 4.3.5 5.0 5.0.1 5.1 5.1.1 6.0 6.0.1 6.1 6.1.2 6.1.3 6.1.5 6.1.6
Absinthe No 2.0-2.0.1 No 2.0-2.0.1 No
evasi0n No 1.0 1.4 No
limera1n Yes No
greenpois0n RC4 RC5/RC6.1 No
p0sixspwn No 1.0 Cydia package only
PwnageTool 4.1-4.1.3 4.2 No 4.3 4.3.2 4.3.3-4.3.3.1 4.3.31 3 No 5.0.1 No
redsn0w 0.9.6b2-0.9.10b8b 0.9.6b41-0.9.10b8b1 or 0.9.7b61 2 0.9.6rc91-0.9.10b8b1 0.9.6rc9-0.9.10b8b 0.9.6rc13-0.9.10b8b 0.9.6rc15-0.9.10b8b 0.9.8b31-0.9.10b8b1 0.9.8b71-0.9.10b8b1 0.9.9b31-0.9.10b8b1 0.9.10b1-0.9.10b8b 0.9.10b61-0.9.10b8b1 0.9.12b1 0.9.15b11 0.9.15b14
Saffron No Yes No
sn0wbreeze 2.1-2.9.3 2.2-2.9.3 2.3b41-2.9.31 2.5-2.9.3 2.6-2.9.3 2.7-2.9.3 No 2.8b81-2.9.31 2.8b111-2.9.3 2.9.21-2.9.31 2.9.7 2.9.8 2.9.10 2.9.141 No
unthredera1n No Yes No

1 Tethered jailbreak.
2 If SHSHs were saved for iOS 4.2b3 and if you have a developer access to its IPSW, Jailbreak Monte can be used.
3 Requires an unofficial PwnageTool bundle.
4 Point at 6.0 IPSW. Tethered (but can be upgraded to untethered by downloading the p0sixspwn package from Cydia).

iPod touch 5G

Jailbreak Tool Works with firmware...
6.0 6.0.1 6.1 6.1.2 6.1.3 7.0 7.0.2 7.0.3 7.0.4 7.0.6 7.1
evasi0n 1.0 1.4 No
evasi0n7 No 1.0.0 1.0.6 No
p0sixspwn No 1.0 No