To jailbreak iOS 12 on iPhones, iPods, or iPads and install tweaks and apps try an app like Chimera. Depending on the system version, Chimera supports A7/A8/A9/A10/A11/A12 devices and allows to install Sileo Package Manger. iOS 12 - iOS 12.5.5 is supported.
Chimera IPA Download (for iOS 12.2 - 12.5)
Chimera Download (for iOS 12.0 - 12.1.4)
What is Chimera Jailbreak?
Chimera is a jailbreak released as an open-source project. It allows to jailbreak iOS 12.1.3 - iOS 12.5.5 on A7 - A11 devices, and iOS 12.0 - iOS 12.1.2 on all devices (including A12 devices like iPhone Xs, iPhone Xr, and the newest iPad). Depending on iOS download the proper version.
This iOS 12 jailbreak features CoreTrust bypass meaning that binaries don't need to be resigned. Chimera comes with Sileo, a modern package manager, to install tweaks, apps, and other hacks from Repositories. Sileo is a fast alternative for Cydia. Chimera 1.6.4 is the latest version.
Nonce setter works only on iOS 12.1.2 - iOS 12.4.1 on A12.
Chimera jailbreak detects automatically supported devices and it allows you to switch between different exploits (machswap2, voucher_swap, sockpuppet) to jailbreak the iOS 12 system. It features also an option to disable tweaks. Use this option to fix system issues with re-jailbreak.
Chimera 1.6.4 is the latest jailbreak for iOS 12.0 - iOS 12.5.5, developed by the same team behind Taurine Jailbreak on iOS and iPadOS 14 - iOS 14.3 devices, the Odyssey jailbreak on iOS 13 devices, and Electra for iOS 11 - iOS 11.4.1. This is a stable jailbreak for iOS 12.
Like almost every modern jailbreak, also Chimera app is packed with Restore RootFS. This feature allows restoring your root filesystem to the state before jailbreak if needed. Use this option to completely remove the jailbreak with all installed tweaks and apps.
Chimera jailbreak comes in two versions. One is dedicated to iOS 12.0 - iOS 12.1.4 for all devices including A12 (iPhone XS and newer) and for iOS 12.2 - iOS 12.5 (before iPhone XS, all A7 - A11 devices).
The jailbreak is using libhooker as Injection Library.
After installation, the app will be revoked and will stop working and opening. Therefore it is a good practice to use the ReProvision app to sign and install Chimera Jailbreak directly on an iOS 12 iDevice. Reborn will do it automatically so you will never forget to do it.
Alternatively, install unc0ver jailbreak to install Cydia on iOS 11.0 - iOS 14.8.
Supported iOS 12
- iOS 12.5.5, iOS 12.5.1, iOS 12.5, iOS 12.4.9, iOS 12.4.8, iOS 12.4.1, iOS 12.4, iOS 12.2, iOS 12.1.4, iOS 12.1.3, iOS 12.1.2, iOS 12.1, iOS 12.0.1, iOS 12
How to download Chimera
To download and install Chimera IPA on your iOS 12 device, you can use a computer or you can try to install the application via weblinks (no computer required). Only with a PC or Mac you can sign and install the IPA with a 100% success ratio. Weblinks are often revoked and will not work.
Download and install Chimera IPA
Cydia Impactor doesn't work anymore and it will not install the latest version of the Chimera Jailbreak IPA file. Instead, use a free application as Sideloadly relesed for macOS or Windows. The workflow is the same no matter what version you will use.
Step 1. Navigate to the top of this page.
Step 2. Tap on Install via Sideloadly and tap Allow.
Step 3. Sideloadly will automatically download and load Chimera IPA.
Step 4. Provide your Apple ID to sign IPA file.
Step 5. Click the Start button to install the IPA file on your iDevice.
Step 6. Enter the password for your Apple ID.
After the file is verified and installed on your iPhone or iPad it's required to allow using apps from a developer account connected with your Apple ID. To allow the app to run go to Settings.
Step 7. Open Settings app from the home screen.
Step 8. Navigate to General → Profiles & Device Management.
Step 9. Click on the developer app with your e-mail.
Step 10. Tap on Trust to allow the application to run.
Install Chimera Jailbreak with weblinks
Chimera app can be installed on your iPhone or iPad using direct web links. If you don't own a computer you can try to install the jailbreak using this method. Chimera is usually signed with a pirated certificate that will get revoked by Apple and it will not work on your iDevice.
Chimera Install - direct weblinks (no PC)
Step 1. Tap on Install Chimera Jailbreak from the Safari.
Step 2. Tap Install when message prompt "would like to install Chimera Jailbreak".
Step 3. iPogo app Icon will appear on your Home Screen.
Step 4. Navigate to Settings → General → Device Management.
Step 5. Find the newly installed Enterprise App Certificate and trust it.
Step 6. Run Chimera for iOS 12.
Chimera Jailbreak like all other unofficial apps is using a developer certificate. Those certificates are monitored by Apple and they get very often revoked.
It means that you can't install apps until the developer provides a new certificate. An always working solution is to sign the IPA by yourself and install it on your iPhone.
Jailbreak iOS 12
Chimera App allows you to jailbreak iOS 12 very easily. After you install the latest version of Chimera 1.6.4 IPA on your iPhone you are just a few steps from jailbreaking and installing Sileo.
Step 1. Open Chimera app from the Home Screen.
Step 2. Tap on "Jailbreak" button in the main window.
Step 3. Please wait for it to respring to apply changes.
Step 4. Launch Sileo from the Home Screen.
Whenever you reboot the jailbreak will be disabled. Open the app again and tap on "Jailbreak". If the app will expire, install it again with the preferred method.
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8 & 8 Plus
- iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
- iPhone 6 & 6 Plus
- iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
- iPhone SE (1st generation)
- iPhone 5S
- iPad (5th generation)
- iPad Pro (12.9 in. 1st generation)
- iPad Pro (9.7 in.)
- iPad (2018, 6th generation)
- iPad Air
- iPad Mini 2
- iPad Mini 3
- iPad (2019, 7th generation)
- iPod touch (2019, 7th generation)
- iPod touch (6th generation)
- iPad mini 4
And additionally for iOS 12.0 - 12.1.4 supports
- iPhone XS and XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPad Mini (5th generation)
- iPad Air (2019, 3rd generation)
- iPad (2020, 8th generation)
The developers released Chimera Jailbreak source code through the GitHub Repository. If you are a developer and you want to learn more about this jailbreak and used exploits for iOS 13 feel free to pull a request. Chimera13 is licensed under the 3-Clause BSD License.
Recent changes to the code were added on 29 May 2020. Chimera13 was developed in Swift language (83% of the code) and Objective-C and C for exploits. Xcode and macOS are required to compile the app for iOS. The application is no longer under active maintenance.
- Adds full support for iOS 12.5.5.
- Updated Sileo to 2.2.3.
- Removes fancy animation background on iPhone 5S / 6, iPad Air 1, iPod touch 6, and iPad mini 2 / 3 to use a more basic background in order to improve exploit success rate.
- Uses libhooker instead of Substitute to apply patches.