Are you getting too many errors while installing tweaks from Cydia?
Don’t panic because this is totally normal and it could happen to anyone. Cydia isn’t running on a “Superman” server so sometimes it could become unreliable due to the traffic spike, maintenance, or similar situation.
Here’s a good example:
When a well-known hacker decided to release an untethered jailbreak that everyone has been waiting, these newly jailbroken users will rush to Cydia to update their packages. And that’s when the app begins to slow down or in some cases stop connecting to the server due to a large number of visitors.
Some of these error messages may include:
- 502 Bad Gateway
- 404 Not Found
- 500 Internal Server Error
How to Download Cydia Tweaks to Your Computer
If you waited a few minutes and still facing the same problem, manually download .deb packages through a website called CydiaUpdates is the best solution.
There will be a bunch of new tweaks and updated one listed on the homepage. You can either browse the site or search for a package. I will use “Youtube Essentials” as an example.
Look at “Version History” and click on the latest version of that tweak. A link will be generated and give you the .deb file right away. You don’t have to wait or get annoying popups like many other files sharing sites out there.
The last thing you should do is use i-Funbox or iTools to import that tweak onto your iOS device.
Go to /var/root/Media > Cydia > AutoInstall
Just transfer all the .deb files you downloaded earlier to that folder. Don’t forget to have the latest version of AFC2 installed for file manager software on your computer to import the tweak.
Update #1: Unfortunately for CydiaUpdates, they got in trouble with copyright and trademark, this led to the entire site revamped as TweakUpdates. Nothing changes, just the overall brand name, logo, and Twitter handle.
Browse Cydia Packages on the Web
Going back to that time when Cydia is down or become super unreliable to the point where you can’t refresh or load new packages. This is an excellent opportunity to use Cydia.Online, a web-based version of Cydia but it does much more than that.
Cydia.online allows you to check new and updated Cydia tweaks from all the default repository including BigBoss, ModMyi, etc. Furthermore, some of the packages will also be included if third-party developers submit them through the site.
The product page of this web-based Cydia is very intuitive because users can signup to get notified when there is an update to their favorite Cydia tweaks or even start a discussion under the comment section.
As always, tweak’s information, developer, created date, version number, price, and other default details will also be shown on the site.
Feel free to check it out when you are browsing on your computer and still want to keep yourself updated with all the sources from Cydia.
How to Install Cydia .DEB directly from Safari
Did you know that you can now download and install any .deb package from Safari directly to your iPhone without the need for Cydia? However, you must, at least, have tweak like iFile installed beforehand.
- Once you have iFile installed, go on Safari
- Get a link that will give you direct download access to a Cydia package
- The extension should be .deb. After that choose “Open in iFile” and tap on Installer
Just like the regular installation process from Cydia, sometimes, you may have to restart your iPhone or iPad for full effect or the tweak to even appear on the device.
Download and Install Cydia if You’ve Accidentally Deleted the App
By default, you can’t delete the Cydia app unless you decide to unjailbreak your iOS device or restore it via iTunes.
With the recent jailbreak release, it might be easier than you think. It’s not that they’ve added a feature to delete Cydia but because more errors are popping up on our screen.
As a result, we have to do a lot of troubleshooting and sometimes, you might be deleting or modifying something you shouldn’t. That recently happened to me. Thank god someone from the r/Jailbreak (/u/CanadianLog) was able to figure out a way to get Cydia back.
How to re-install Cydia after deleting the app
- The following tweaks must be installed: iFile or OpenSSH (for iFunbox or other file managers to work)
- For the sake of this timeline, click here on your device to download the .deb
- Tap on “Open in iFile.”
- Choose the file you just downloaded and tap on Installer
- Wait for about a minute
The last thing you want to do is reboot your iPhone or iPad.
As soon as you perform this step, your regular jailbreak should be resumed. In other words, you should see the Cydia icon sitting on your home screen.
In Step 2 above, I mentioned something about the timeline. The link above is for those of you who are on iOS 9–9.3.3.
If thing changes in the future and you have the same problem again the above link might not work anymore. Here is the best place http://apt.saurik.com/debs/ to find the updated package.
How to Prevent Cydia From Deleting Recent .Deb Files
Last year, Saurik released Cydia 1.1.23 and the update brought in some new features.
Let’s have a quick recap.
- Cydia is now running as mobile instead of root
- Showing extensions to your current tweaks
- The ability to downgrade packages to an older version
The last one has got to be the most requested feature. Luckily, it’s already implemented since July 2015.
While Cydia now has support for downgrading tweaks, sometimes, the option would not show up. This happens because the app couldn’t find the deb files necessary to perform the action.
With that being said, there is now a new solution to that.
The release of DebKeeper
DebKeeper is a new jailbreak tweak that “disables deletion of recent deb files by Cydia”.
In other words, whenever you uninstall a tweak, Cydia also delete whatever files that come with it. Therefore, the next time you try to downgrade, it would be unavailable.
When DebKeeper is installed, which we’ll show you how to in a bit, it will keep the deb packages in the following directory: /User/Library/com.saurik.Cydia/archives
Why is this helpful?
Again, so, later on, you can downgrade that particular tweak’s version or when Cydia doesn’t give you the option.
Start off by opening Cydia and add the following repo: http://tateu.net/repo
After that, look for DebKeeper and install it.
If you have iFile or similar utility, you can go to the directory we mention above to see saved DEB files of an installed tweak.
Someone from the r/Jailbreak asked if we can set the download location to our liking. The answer is no because it’s being controlled by Cydia. The developer does plan to add an option for moving these deb files if you want.