Cydia package sources
Cydia repos – also known as sources – are a large part of the jailbreaking community as it is how tweaks, utilities and themes are made available for the end user to download.
By default when you first Jailbreak your iDevice you are given the most common repositories that include BigBoss, ModMyi, ZodTTD & MacCiti, Cydia/Telesphoreo and Dev Team but there are tons of other repositories that are worth checking out.
Before we get to the list of the best Cydia repos – here’s a small tutorial that will show you how to add a new repo in Cydia.
In order to add Cydia repositories you will simply need to follow these instructions:
- First, you need to launch Cydia, and after it’s done refreshing and reloading, hit the Manage tab.
- From the Manage tab select the Sources section which will bring you to an overview of all the sources you have installed.
- In the top right corner of the screen, tap the Edit button, and then tap the Add button in the top left corner.
- A popup window now appears; you need to input the Cydia/APT URL into the text field and hit the Add Source button. We do not support cracking apps or piracy but it’s good to know that in some cases you will also need to tap the Add Anyway button if it is a source that has been flagged to contain cracked / pirated packages.
Here’s a video showing you how to add a new repo:
Ok, so now that you know how to add a new repo in Cydia, here is our list of the best alternative repositories out there:
01. HASHBANG Productions
The HASHBANG Productions Cydia repository contains a bunch of beta software and other goodies that you won’t find on the BigBoss repo. It is definitely worth adding as new tweaks and experiments are constantly being added.
02. Ryan Petrich’s Beta Repo
One of the most well known Cydia tweak developers is Ryan Petrich and before releasing any of his major Cydia tweaks he usually beta test them in his beta repo. Inside this repo you will find a ton of beta tweaks, experiments and more that are worth checking out.
03. ZodTTD’s Beta Repo
In his beta repository he will be hosting beta versions of his emulators before they touch down on an official community source. Although there isn’t any packages in the repo at the time of writing this post he has stated that next on his list is to work on N64 and PSX iOS emulators and when he does they will appear in this repo.
The iHackStore repo contains a ton of tweaks, themes, apps, ringtones, mods, cheats and various other hacks. Although this repo does contain cracked Cydia apps there is a lot of content you can find on this repo that isn’t available in community sources. Just be sure to support developers if there is a tweak you do end up downloading cracked and use on a regular basis.
This repo is home to more packages than you can shake a stick at and it seems to be updated on a daily basis. There is a ton of tweaks that have been made specifically for this repo and even some packages for the Apple TV.
This repo has a huge variety of emulators and ROM packs for Game Boy Advanced, NES, N64 etc. The repo isn’t updated as often as repos such as SiNful iPhone or iHackStore, but it is home to a lot of packages to say the least.
07. SiNful iPhone Repo
There is over 300,000 members in the SiNful iPhone community so you know there is going to be a ton of content in the repo.