Cowabunga IPA: MacDirtyCow Toolbox for iOS 14 & iOS 16

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When MacDirtyCow exploit was introduced no one was too excited before the release of WDBFontOverwrite app to change iOS system fonts without jailbreak. Now, the exploit is used in other apps including Cowabunga, the MacDirtyCow Toolbox for iOS 14 – iOS 16.

Install Cowabunga IPA on your iPhone:

What is Cowabunga?

Cowabunga for iOS is a versatile tool that allows you to modify and access various hidden system settings on iOS 14 to iOS 16.1.2. Utilizing the MacDirtyCow exploit, the application offers a convenient way to enable or disable iOS settings without the need for a full jailbreak.

Once the installation process for Cowabunga IPA is completed, the app will be accessible from the Home Screen of your iPhone. In order to apply new settings, a respring of your device is necessary. Fortunately, Cowabunga offers an option to automatically respring your device.

The app interface is divided to four different sections such as Home, SpringBoard, Audio, and Misc. From Home section you can respring your device, toggle on to run in background, and activate the option to auto respring after applying changes on iOS 14, iOS 15, and iOS 16.

Two iPhone screens showing Cowabunga for iOS Home and Explore interface pages.

Cowabunga's SpringBoard Tools feature a wide range of options to customize your device's appearance and sound effects. These options include hiding the dock and home bar, disabling background and blur effects for folders and the app switcher, and disabling or replacing audio files for charging, lock, notifications, screenshots, and payment success sounds.

Note: Certain changes may require Cowabunga to run in the background with Location Services enabled. Some options may not work or may require multiple attempts to apply. All applied changes are permanent on iOS 14.0 up to iOS 14.8.1.

In addition to its other features, Cowabunga offers options to change the system version (for iOS 15+),and to enable iPhone X gestures on older devices. This allows for a more seamless navigation experience, including gestures such as swiping up from the bottom to go to the Home Screen, swiping up and holding to access the App Switcher, swiping down from the top-right corner to access Control Center, and from the top-left to access Notification Center.

Cowabunga for iOS is a continually evolving tool, with its latest 6.0 release introducing a revamped user interface and a host of new features. Among these new features is a device model name changer module, a custom audio importing feature complete with playback previews, and notifications alerting users when the app stops running in the background.

Two iPhone screens showing Cowabunga app Tools page and Status bar features.

When you are running iOS 16 you will be also able to enable Dynamic Island feature regardless of whether they have the newest iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max. Note that it modifies the iOS 16 files to turn on the Dynamic Island. If you're specifically interested in this feature, you may also want to try out DynamicCow, a tool that has been specifically designed for this purpose.

Warning: MacDirtyCow bug has been fixed with iOS 16.2 / iOS 15.7.2 releases.

Like many other tools that utilize the MacDirtyCow exploit, Cowabunga was released as an open-source project, with the source code made available through its GitHub repository. This allows for the community to contribute to the development of the tool for iOS 14 – iOS 16.1.2.

The source code for Cowabunga is written in the Swift programming language, and it uses the MacDirtyCow exploit, which is developed in C language, to provide access to the file system on iOS 14, iOS 15, and iOS 16. The lead developer behind the Cowabunga project is leminlimez, who has been actively working on the development and maintenance of the tool.

The newest version of the Cowabunga app includes a number of updates and improvements, including the implementation of Ian Beer's new exploit code and a carrier changer feature. Additionally, the app now features updated audio sound effects that can be changed automatically with a Wi-Fi connection. The app also includes new audio categories.

The developer added many more sounds that can be changed. The custom audio limit has been increased to 75 Kb, and nearly any audio file types are now supported. Some sounds now apply in the background to stay applied, and the app has fixed importing entitlements for TrollStore.

Two iPhone screens showing Cowabunga for iOS advanced settings.

Cowabunga has received new updates, bringing exciting new features and improvements to its already impressive range of functionalities. These updates include the addition of JIT, which will enhance the performance and speed of the software.

Moreover, Cowabunga now displays the date in the status bar, allowing users to easily keep track of the current date and time. Additionally, users can now customize their service badge in the status bar, providing a more personalized touch to the user experience.

The app now also allows users to set the data network type, providing greater flexibility in network connectivity options. Furthermore, iPad users can now change the date string, adding greater customization options to the device. Another exciting addition is the ability to reset the status bar through a URL scheme, providing a simple way to reset the status bar.

Additionally, users can now choose their preferred respring type, offering greater control and customization over the software's functions. Finally, Cowabunga has addressed an issue with forcing MDC, ensuring a smoother and more stable user experience. Overall, these updates make Cowabunga an even more powerful software.

Cowabunga Lite, developed by the same creator of Cowabunga Toolbox for iOS, introduces a new software to modify select iOS preferences directly from their PCs. With this software, you have the ability to customize various aspects such as the Status Bar, enable icon theming, adjust specific Springboard preferences, and even disable OTA updates or enable supervision.

Download Cowabunga IPA

Cowabunga IPA can be sideloaded onto your iPhone using an IPA installer like Sideloadly (available for Windows and macOS) or SideStore the on-device IPA signing tool for iOS 14 – iOS 16. Both methods allow you to install Cowabunga IPA on your non-jailbreak devices.

Note: If you don't have a developer certificate, you can use your free Apple account to sign and install Cowabunga IPA and use it for up to 7 days before it needs to be re-signed. What's more, you can sideload the IPA also with TrollStore on iOS 14 – iOS 15.4.1.

To install Cowabunga IPA on your iOS device using Sideloadly app, follow these steps:

  1. Download Cowabunga IPA from the link below.
  2. Run Sideloadly application on your PC or Mac.
  3. Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer via USB.
  4. Load the IPA file into the app to begin the installation process.
  5. Enter your Apple ID to sign the Cowabunga IPA file.
  6. Click the “Start” button to begin sideloading the IPA file onto your device.
  7. When prompted, enter the password for your Apple ID.
  8. Open the Settings app from the Home Screen.
  9. Navigate to “General” “VPN & Device Management”.
  10. Click on the developer app associated with your email.
  11. Tap “Trust” to allow the app to run.

Screenshot of Cowabunga IPA sideload configuration options in Sideloadly app.

What's new

  • Updated Cowabunga IPA to version 10.3.2.
  • Added remove 3 app limit.
  • Added ability to edit secondary carrier name separately.
  • Importing operations no longer includes the backup file for changes in /var for safety reasons.
  • Fixed generate padding button not showing up on file path operations
  • Cross compatibility between FileSwitcherPro and Cowabunga custom operations.
  • Safety implementations to importing custom operations.
  • Added CC Module colors.
  • Ability to change and apply dialer keys.
  • Added app icons import feature (ZIP and .passthm files).
  • Fixed exploit on iOS 14.0 – iOS 15.3.1.
  • Custom operations! (for advanced users).
  • Custom lock icons.
  • Explore page with passcode, lock, and icon themes.
  • Disabling shortcut banner (works on iOS 15, persistent after reboot).
  • Make shortcuts into app clips.
  • Resolution setter.
  • Notification badge changer (iOS 14 – iOS 15 only).
  • Custom colors of springboard elements.
  • Disabling CC modules background.
  • Importing Passcode themes from TrollTools.
  • Extra tools: Supervision, Lock After Respring, Numeric Wi-Fi/Cellular Strength.
  • Lock screen Footnote.
  • Fixed importing entitlements for TrollStore users.
  • Implemented Ian Beer's new exploit code.
  • Custom audio selector (support for MP3 and WAV files).
  • Applying in the background for dock and folder background.
  • Device model name changer.


  • Stas

    Stas3 months ago

    When will support ios 16.2?

    • qbap

      qbap3 months ago

      Cowabunga will not be compatible with iOS 16.2 as it utilizes a bug to access system files on iOS, which has already been fixed by Apple.

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