How to SSH iPhone

By  at Tuesday, March 22, 2011  

Many users asked me about SSH, so I prepared this simple guide for them. At the begining What is SSH ? and why we do it?. SSH (Secure Shell) allows you to exchange data between two networked devices, using a secure channel. A jailbroken iPhone has the ability to connect with your computer via SSH, giving you read and write access to your iDevice’s hard drive.


Why we do SSH? You can repair damaged files, install games that aren’t in the App Store, and even turn your iDevice into a portable hard drive. I know it all sounds complicated, but we use applications to make the process as easy as browsing a folder on your computer. This is my quick and easy guide to SSH into your iPhone….

For beginners, your device MUST be jailbroken. You MUST also have an active Wi-Fi connection on both your iDevice and your computer.


Step 1: Download Cyberduck for Mac or for Windows.

Step 2: In your jailbroken iDevice, open ‘Cydia’ and do a search for ‘OpenSSH’. Go ahead and install it, and jump back on your computer.


Step 3: Open the Cyberduck application we downloaded earlier and click the ‘Open Connection’ button.

Step 4: In the server field you are going to type your iDevice’s IP address. This can be found by launching your ‘Settings’, selecting ‘Wi-Fi’, and selecting the blue arrow next to your wireless network. You should now see your IP address.

Step 5: Select the ‘SFTP’ option in the drop down menu above where you just typed in your IP address.

Step 6: In the Username field type in ‘root’. In the Password field type ‘alpine’. Click connect! You are now looking at the file system underneath Apple’s iOS!

Note: The first SSH may take a bit, after that it should be fine. If you get an ‘Unknown Host’ message, just ignore it and click ‘Allow’.
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