Jailbreak your iPhone

Guide to Install Uninstall .deb File on iPhone


You can install apps via .deb files if you jailbreaked and SSH your iPhone. If you are looking for an easy peasy guide for How to Access iPhone via SSH on Windows Mac Check this one. So now you have a jailbreaked iPhone with SSH installed and you have the access of the file system of your iPhone. If you satisfies the above condition you can follow the universal process of installing and uninstalling .deb to your iPhone 2G, 3G or 3GS. There are two methods to install .deb file but i always prefer to use method 1 though it is long than method 2 but it is more reliable.

How to Install (Method 1) :

  • SSH into iPhone – using iPhoneTunnel if your on Windows , Cyberduck if your on MacOS.
  • Copy .deb file into tmp folder
  • Quit Cydia if its running
  • Hit Ctrl+T in WinSCP and run the following command : dpkg -i /tmp/name.deb ( just to make sure : you replace name.deb with the actual name of the deb file )
  • After installation, you can delete the .deb file

How to Install (Method 2) :

  • SSH your iPhone and go to /var/root/Media/Cydia/AutoInstall Copy the .deb file there and that just reboot  your device. If  Autoinstall folder is not lying in /var/root/Media/Cydia then you can create urself

How to Uninstall :

To uninstall the .deb file simply uninstall the app you installed via .deb file. You can use Cydia, Icy or Cydelete to uninstall from sprinboard too.


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  1. mohamad August 25, 2011 Reply

    very nice program.game ranger download and play.

  2. Jude April 5, 2011 Reply

    better to install the deb files in /var/Mobile/documents and run iFile on your iGadget. just point the deb file and click Installer and you’re good to go 🙂

  3. Trent January 25, 2011 Reply

    After installing an app, make sure and re-spring or restart your phone. This will fix the app not showing up.

  4. nukie January 11, 2011 Reply

    use ifunbox2 to ssh your iphone then use appcake to install your downloaded .deb files thats easy! 😀

  5. Alex November 29, 2010 Reply

    @Krypton- just create both of them yourself. it will work.

  6. Krypton October 11, 2010 Reply

    No cydia folder in var/root/media despite cydia working fine on the phone. Any solutions?

  7. omar October 9, 2010 Reply

    there is no cydia file what is the solution

  8. reiDesign October 2, 2010 Reply

    I had to create the Cydia folder as well as the Auto Install folder, it works fine. Thank you.

  9. saurabh September 8, 2010 Reply

    You’ll see the changes you made in WINSCP in cydia- changes

  10. Bala August 4, 2010 Reply

    For me also, it is happeneing the same as lejejzerman said.

    I dont see the app in spring board when i used winscp

  11. lejejzerman June 3, 2010 Reply


    I have one question:

    after installing with WinSCP

    when i go to Cydia-Packages: I can see that my App has been installed
    BUT, I can’t find it anywhere in the springboard

    what’s my Problem???

    Thank you for your answer

  12. Laura May 23, 2010 Reply

    Thanks @paocer. It worked flawlessly!! I heart iFile.

  13. paocer March 11, 2010 Reply

    after putting deb file in tmp folder you can use the iFile in iPhone to install it.. no need for typing command

  14. austin March 2, 2010 Reply

    Very nice tutorial. Followed this word for word and got the job done with great ease. Thanks very much! 🙂

  15. hfolmt August 26, 2009 Reply

    what are some good .deb apps to install on the iphone?

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