iOS Jailbreaking

palera1n is a work-in-progress jailbreak that patches the kernel so you can use Sileo and install tweaks. Currently, palera1n is compatible with A11 (iPhone X) and earlier devices on iOS 15 and later, with some major caveats.


The version of palera1nOpen in new window for your OS.

  • macOS users should generally get palera1n-macos-universal

  • Linux users should get whichever version corresponds to the architecture of the computer you're using

    • This will be usually palera1n-linux-x86_64. Choose this one if you're unsure.

    • If you're using a 32-bit computer, choose palera1n-linux-x86.

    • If you're using an ARM computer (e.g. a Raspberry Pi), choose palera1n-linux-armel for 32-bit and palera1n-linux-arm64 for 64-bit.

#Installing the jailbreak

Please select your operating system:


Installing palera1n

  1. Enable Full Disk Access for Terminal (this only has to be done once)

    • macOS Monterey and below: System Preferences → Security & Privacy → Privacy → Full Disk Access

    • macOS Ventura and above: System Settings → Privacy & Security → Full Disk Access

    If Terminal does not show up in the list, click the plus icon and select it from Applications → Utilities.

  2. If you are on macOS Monterey 12.2.1 or below, run the following commands (this only has to be done once):

    sudo python -m ensurepip
    sudo python -m pip install setuptools xattr==0.6.4
  3. Open a terminal window and cd to the directory that palera1n was downloaded to (usually cd ~/Downloads).

  4. Run sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/bin

  5. Run sudo mv ./palera1n-macos-universal /usr/local/bin/palera1n

    • Replace ./palera1n-macos-universal with whatever version you downloaded

  6. Run sudo xattr -c /usr/local/bin/palera1n

  7. Run sudo chmod +x /usr/local/bin/palera1n

Running palera1n

If you are using a USB-C to Lightning cable to do this process, you may run into issues entering into DFU mode

If you do have issues, get a USB-A to Lightning cable and, if necessary, also get a USB-C to USB-A adapter.

If you're using an Apple Silicon Mac and using a USB-C port to plug your cable/adapter into, you'll need to unplug and replug the device after Checkmate! appears in the logs.

  1. Run palera1n

    • Make sure your device is plugged in when entering this command

  2. When ready, press Enter and follow the on screen instructions to enter DFU mode.

A9(X) and earlier devices have an issue where they will get stuck midway through this process in pongoOS. To work around this issue, you'll need to do the following:

  1. In the terminal window, press Control + C on your keyboard

  2. Rerun the command that you just ran

You'll need to do this every time you rejailbreak your device as well.


Once the device boots up, open the palera1n loader app and tap Sileo. After a bit of time, you'll be prompted to set a passcode for using command line stuff, and then afterwards,Sileo should be on your home screen.

To rejailbreak your device, simply rerun the command you just ran and then repeat any other applicable steps.

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