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What is Cydia?

What is Cydia?

Cydia is a software application for iOS that allows Jailbroken iPhone users, Jailbroken iPad users, and Jailbroken iPod touch users to download software packages and applications to their devices from the internet. The packages available in Cydia are provided by a decentralized system of repositories that list these packages. Most of the softwares available through Cydia are free.

Since these software packages run on jailbroken devices, they can provide functionality outside the scope of standard applications: system-wide changes to the user interface, modifications of button actions, extensions of networking behavior, and other “tweaks” to the system. Also iPhone users must have Cydia installed in their device in order to be able to unlock it.

What Cydia is called Cydia?

Cydia is interestingly enough, named after a moth of all things! The Cydia pomonella to be precise is the scientific name for the “coddling moth” or what is more commonly known as the stereotypical Apple worm.

Cydia History?

Freeman first released Cydia in March 2008 as an open-source alternative to on iPhone OS 1.1, but Cydia quickly became the most popular package manager after iPhone OS 2.0’s release in July 2008.

In August 2009, Freeman said “about 4 million, or 10 percent of the 40 million iPhone and iPod Touch owners to date, have installed Cydia.”

In September 2010, Freeman’s company, Saurik IT, LLC, announced that it had acquired Rock Your Phone, Inc. (makers of, which made the Cydia Store the largest third-party app store for jailbroken iOS devices

As of December 2010, Freeman plans to also release a Cydia Store for Mac OS X as an alternative to Apple’s Mac App Store

How do I Install Cydia on my device?

In order to install cydia on your apple device you have to jailbreak it first, during this process the jailbreak software will install Cydia into your device. One of the best website to jailbreak your device and install cydia is

What are the benefits of installing Cydia on your device?

Cydia Repositories

The link below includes a huge list of Cydia Repositories, which are sources that you can add to Cydia, that will enable you to download hundreds of free applications.

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