How to Backup installed Cydia Apps, Tweaks

How to Backup installed Cydia Apps, Tweaks on iPhone 4S, 4, 3GS, 3G – iPad 3, 2, 1 – iPod Touch 2G, 3G, 4G on iOS 4.x and iOS 5.x or the new Upcoming iOS 6.x.

One of the reasons that let iPhone Users trying to fix their issues and bugs instead of restoring is losing data, they can only backup App store apps not the installed Cydia apps & packages, in this post we will help you to backup your installed Cydia Apps and packages.

How to Backup installed Cydia Apps, TweaksBackup the Cydia packages is used to keep installed Cydia apps way from:

First Solution for How to Backup installed Cydia Apps, Tweaks [Easy] :

1- In order to backup your Cydia Packages you can write down your list of packages by opening Cydia App then Manage –> Packages, then reinstall them after restoring your device.

2- instead of writing them down, you can use AppInfo from Cydia its free and After restoring, go through your list and reinstall them.

Note: Appinfo displays information about installed apps, repo/packages and native apps with export your iPod’s library and knows in which folder are your songs.


For another easy method, You can install AptBackup from Cydia through the BigBoss repo its free, which will allow you to backup your installed Cydia Apps on your iPhone it will saves your package list in your iTunes backup.

You can backup your installed Cydia Apps using AptBackup by following the Steps below:

  • Install AptBackup via Cydia through the BigBoss repo.
  • Backup the installed Cydia apps, by tapping on the “Backup” button which will create the list of apps.
  • Then sync the iPhone with iTunes so that the list gets synced to iTunes.
  • After updating your iPhone to the latest iPhone firmware, load your iTunes backup onto your phone, then jailbreak it and reinstall AptBackup again via Cydia.
  • Launch AptBackup and click “Restore” to reinstall the Cydia installed applications based on the list that was backed up using iTunes.

Second Solution for How to Backup installed Cydia Apps, Tweaks [Difficult] :

I think that this method is very difficult it needs users that are familiar with SSH and terminal commands, you can make a backup list using dpkg. To make a backup list of your installed sources and packages:

  1. Go into Cydia and install the APT 0.6 Transitional package.
  2. Pull the/private/etc/apt/sources.list.d/cydia.list file, which contains your custom sources.
  3. SSH in to your device and run the following command: dpkg –get-selections> cydia-apps  This will create a file called cydia-apps in your root folder /private/var/root/(and you can then download this file to save your installed apps).

To restore your backup list of sources and packages:

  1. Restore to your desired version, jailbreak, open Cydia, and install OpenSSH and APT 0.6 Transitional
  2. SSH into your phone.
  3. Copy the cydia.list file you saved in step 2 to /private/etc/apt/sources.list.d/ and copy the cydia-apps file to /private/var/root
  4. Next you need to run these commands from the ssh terminal:

apt-get update
dpkg –set-selections < cydia-apps
apt-get -y dselect-upgrade

And when prompted Do you want to continue [Y/n], hit Y.

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8 Responses to “How to Backup installed Cydia Apps, Tweaks”

  1. hyi nbt says:

    thanks bro – appinfo was what i was looking for!
    a summary of all the apps and cydia tweaks & sources i have on my phone, e-mailed to me at the touch of a button, bravo!

  2. Pdtjoker says:

    Or pay for Pkg backup and restore your shit with one click
    Works awesome, simple, but a little pricey…

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