Cydia Impactor

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General information

  • Category: Other accessories
  • Version: 0.9.51
  • Last update: Oct 31, 2018
  • OS: Windows, Mac, Linux
  • License: freeware

What is Cydia Impactor?

Cydia Impactor is a GUI tool for jailbreaking your iDevices. Use this device management tool also to install IPA files on iOS and APK files on Android. Inpactor will exploit the series of Android "Master Key" vulnerabilities. Install Cydia on iOS 12 system.

For iOS, if you are using either Windows or Mac OS, you need to have iTunes installed for this tool to work. You do not need Xcode installed to use Impactor (even for features such as signing IPA files).

With Cydia it is easy to sideload apps. The user needs just to plug the device into the computer, select an IPA file, enter Apple ID and password.

After it, Impactor 0.9.51 will prepare the app and sign the IPA file. If everything goes as it should, the sideloaded IPA will be installed on your iOS 12 device.

There is also a need to go to Settings > General > Device Management and trust the installed app.

Screenshot of Cydia Impactor software running on Windows 10.

If you are using an Android device that is running Android 2.3 or higher, you can easily assignment to root current OS version within a few clicks.

Enable USB Debugging mode on your device and connect the Android device to your PC.

Next click "Start" to commence the process. Cydia Impactor will root the Android system in a few minutes. The download contains a ZIP file that needs to be unpacked. No installation required.

How to install IPA using Cydia Impactor?

Install IPA files using Cydia Impactor

  1. First install Impactor, download the software, and unzip the file.
  2. Install the newest version of iTunes.
  3. Plug iPhone into the computer, launch the executable file of Impactor, and go to "Device" and select "Install Package…" option.
  4. Select the IPA file to install.
  5. Enter Apple ID username and Apple ID password in the app (if you use a non-developer ID, the app certificate will work for 7 days).
  6. Wake up your iPhone and the sideloaded IPA should be installed on your iOS device.
  7. Add the application to trusted from Settings > General > Device Management and click trust the installed app.

How to use Cydia Impactor?

After you download the app from our software hub, you need to unzip the file to easily accessible location. Be sure to have already installed the latest version of iTunes.

Plug the device into the computer, launch the executable file of Impactor, and go to "Device" and select "Install Package…". Select the IPA file you like to install.

Impactor will ask you to enter Apple ID username and Apple ID password which are used to fetch the certificate from the Apple’s servers.

If you are using the Apple ID registered with Apple’s Developer Program, you will use the developer certificate which will remain valid for one year. In case you are using a non-developer ID, you can use 7 days validity only certificate.

If everything goes correctly, you will see the "Complete" message from Cydia Impactor. Next wake up your iOS devices and the sideloaded IPA should be installed on your iOS device.

To make the sideloaded app work we need to add it to trusted apps from Settings > General > Device Management and click trust the installed app.

How to root Android device

Using Cydia Impactor is really easy to sideload apps.

Sideloading is a method used to upload applications and game APK files from your drive to the mobile device without downloading it from the official GooglePlay Store.

Using the software you can Sign and Install APK apps on Android devices.

Root Android device

  1. Enable USB Debugging mode on your Android device. To do it navigate to Settings -> Developer Options, and then activate the "USB Debugging" option.
  2. Connect your Android device to your Mac or PC, and run the software.
  3. Now select from the list "install SuperSU (aka. root my Android)" and click "Start" button. This will start the process of rooting your Android device.
  4. Install the latest SuperSU application from Google Play Store to be assured that your Android system is rooted and enjoy your rooted device.


Error 81 / http-win.cpp:158

In the old version of Cydia Impactor, there was an error regarding SSL certificate verification while signing IPA files on Windows.

To fix the problem simply download the app from our software hub. Using the newest version of the program should fix the error.

Error 159 / http-win.cpp:159

This error is hard to fix but there is few option that can be done.

You can try to use an earlier version of the program, moving across Windows, Linux or OSX, reboot your device, trust the device again on the computer, and even revoking certificates to force it to work.

Error 57 / Lockdown error

If you see this error lockdown.cpp:57 or LOCKDOWN_E_SSL_ERROR on iOS 11 it means that Cydia Impactor is not compatible with your firmware yet.

In other cases, you need to disconnect your device from the computer, and next, navigate to Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset Location and Privacy.

Error 133 / http-sox.cpp:133

This error can happen on Mac. close Cydia Impactor app, lunch iTunes and sync your device. Next, close iTunes and try again with sideloading your app using Impactor.

Error 92 / plist.hpp:92

This message ./plist.hpp:92 _assert(plist_get_node_type(plist) == PLIST_STRING) is an information that the App was installed sucesfull.

Error 42 / Installation error

This message informs you that the running iOS version is not compatible with Cydia Impactor App. There is nothing that you can do.

Error 68 / invalid value ‘CY- mach_portal’

To fix the problem simply download Cydia Impactor from our website in the newest version. Using the newest version of the software should fix error 68.

Error 179 / ipa.cpp 179

Remove Home Depot jailbreak or Yalu from your iOS and try again using Impactor.

Error 62 / provision.cpp:62 _assert

If you see this error keep entering your Apple ID and password until the error no longer appears. It's reported that it should be repeated 5-10 times to start working.

Error 71 / provision.cpp:71

Error 71 informs "You already have a current iOS Development certificate or pending certificate request.".

To fix it we need to lunch Cydia Impactor and under the Xcode menu click Revoke Certificates. Next, enter your Apple ID.

Error 168 / provision.cpp:168

This error can happen during Yalu installation on iOS 10. We need first to Revoke Certificates like in the example from Error 71.

Next, you need to navigate to AppleID webpage, scroll down to the Security section and click on the Edit button.

In "APP-SPECIFIC PASSWORDS" we will Generate Password for our app. We can name it how we prefer. Cydia Impactor will then ask us about Apple ID and password for this app.

Stuck on VerifyingApplication message can be also a problem for some of the users. To fix this kind of problem we need to do one of few things to make it work.

Just try one of options: Turn on and off Airplane Mode, delete the existing profile from the Settings, turn off two-factor authentication, and in worst case hard reset your device.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask in our comment section.

Software review

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Cydia Impactor Review

Saurik did a great job creating Cydia Impactor. You can use Impactor to install IPA files on iOS system and also APK files on Android. First of course you would need to download IPA or APK apps. Above in the software description is available a short tutorial how to install IPA using the jailbreak tool. It covers also errors that can happen during the use of Impactor. I used this device management app to install semi-tethered jailbreak tools on iOS. The software works great for that and I can recommend everyone to install and try Cydia Impactor by Saurik. It is important to get Cydia Impactor download directly from the developer webpage. Of course kubadownload offers always links directly Cydia Impactor as well.

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