Jailbreaking Apple iPod Touch with Spirit in Linux

How to jailbreak Apple iPod touch in Linux will be introduced in this article. We use Spirit to jailbreak iPod touch. Spirit[1] is an untethered jailbreak for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch on certain firmware versions.

Please read [1] for requirement when using Spirit. Currently, the version of iTunes used should be iTune 9 earlier than 9.2. The firmware’s version should be 3.1.2, 3.1.3 or 3.2.

My iPod which I use in this tutorial is: iPod touch 8G 3.1.3(7E18) Model (MC086ZP). The Linux I used is Fedora 12.

Okay, let’s go!

1. Synchronise with iTunes

As what we usually do. This step is highly recommended by Spirit.

2. Dowload Spirit jaibreak for Linux and compile it

Get the source code

$ git clone http://github.com/posixninja/spirit-linux.git

Install depended development packages

$ sudo yum install libplist-devel libimobiledevice-devel

You may need to install other development packages such as make, gcc etc.

Build spirit

$ cd spirit-linux
$ make

3. Set iPod to not Auto-lock

In Settings->General->Auto-lock, select never.

4. Connect iPod touch to the Linux box with cable

5. jailbreak it

$ ./spirit

6. iPod will reboot

The jailbreak work will start. Wait for a few minutes.

7. Done

Congratulations! Now, look for the Cydia icon. My favourite applications are Terminal and OpenSSH. Remember to change the password of root and mobile users for security.


[1] http://www.spiritjb.com/

Eric Ma

Eric is a systems guy. Eric is interested in building high-performance and scalable distributed systems and related technologies. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties.

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