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Cydia is the most popular package manager for jailbroken devices but it doesn't mean that it's the best one. Saily is a new APT for iOS and iPadOS that offers similar features packed in a fast and modern app. This is a great Cydia replacement for your iPhone.

Add Saily Repo to your package manager.

What is Saily?

Saily is an open-source package manager that is an excellent alternative for abandoned Cydia. It doesn't offer as many features available in Zebra or Installer, but to be honest it doesn't need them. Saily is simple and it's a perfect tool to manage your repositories and installed packages.

As a modern package manager Saily includes support for all jailbreaks running iOS 13 and newer. It can import all Sources from Cydia, Sileo, Zebra, and Installer saving time when switching to the new package manager. What's more, it can work alongside other APT.

Saily comes with a secure payment system to support paid packages. Using this package manager you can buy tweaks from the best Cydia repositories. There is also an option to enable the ability to randomize device information for free packages making your device anonymous.

Two iPhone screens with Saily Main and Repository tabs open on iOS 14.

As mentioned already, Saily was designed with simplicity in mind. The main page displays a list of featured packages from repos, recent installs, and recent updates. From here you can also access the settings page by tapping on the cog-gear-widget icon in the right top corner.

Saily is packed with some basic configuration options. You can randomize device info, change user agent name, add accounts for stores, set network timeout, disable history, manage blocked updates for packages, reload Home Screen, or enter safe mode.

On the repository page, you can quickly add multiple sources, remove broken repositories with the clean button, or copy the list of sources to the clipboard. Saily automatically refreshes repos in the background and allows to manage of all repositories without limitation.

Two iPhone screens with listed installed packages and repos in Saily Package Manager.

Installed packages are displayed on a simple list sorted by date. You can filter packages by name or last modified. There is also a search engine to quickly find tweaks and packages. Search in your favorite collections. Search for repositories and packages by URL or description.

Additionally, Saily Package Manager is equipped with Version Control. Once a package is installed, you can view from the tweak page all available versions of the package through installed repositories. There is also an option to block updates for the selected package.

Two iPhone screens with Saily APT Settings page and Search Tab opened.

Saily is a smart Cydia alternative that I would recommend using for everyone who loves minimalism. The app is blazing fast and will not confuse new users with overwhelming features. It's the perfect balance between Cydia and a modern package manager for iOS.

Saily Repo

To install Saily on your iPhone or iPad it's required to add the official Repository to Cydia Sources. Add the Saily Repo and install the package manager on your device. For the beta release for Saily Package Manager use this repository. Discover new features.

  1. Open the Sources tab in the Cydia app.
  2. Tap on Edit → Add buttons and enter Repo URL.
  3. Search for Saily and installed the package from the new repo.
  4. Respiring your iPhone to apply changes.
  5. The Saily app icon will be added to the Home Screen.

Alternatively, please use the quick links available at the top of this page to add the repository to your favorite package manager (Cydia, Sileo, Installer, Zebra) with just one tap.

Source Code

Saily is a fully open-sourced project released under MIT License. The source code of this modern package manager was published through GitHub Repository. The app was written using languages: 44.0% in Swift, 35.6% in Objective-C, and 16.6% in C.

For debugging with Xcode, there is nothing to set up, just open the workspace and click run. Certifications and bundle identity are required to be changed for the purpose of real device debugging. The code is still under active development with changes committed in Jun 2022.

What's new

  • Updated to version 2.1.
  • Attempt to fix crashes by CoreImage and Share Sheet.
  • iOS 15 SDK Updates.
  • Generic Upgrade.
  • Install package payload without .deb path extension is now supported.
  • URL Scheme may be broken when opening from Safari.
  • Reliability Improvements.
  • Preferred Depiction Setting Option.

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