iOS Apps Updated Apr 01, 2024

UTM Virtualization for TrollStore

UTM for iOS

Project Sandcastle enables users to run Android and Linux on iPhones by loading the system to RAMDisk. However, achieving this requires meeting numerous specific requirements. Enter UTM, a virtualization software for iOS that empowers users to run a virtual machine with Windows or Linux directly on their iPhones. Recenty, a dedicate version of UTM for TrollStore compatible devices was released.

Download UTM for iOS

UTM for iOS has been released in various packages tailored to different system environments. These include a dedicated UTM for Jailbreak version, a standard UTM IPA file optimized for sideloading with JIT support, a specialized version for TrollStore providing a comprehensive set of features, and a standard UTM IPA lacking JIT support.

What is UTM?

UTM is an iOS iteration of an app designed for executing Desktop operating systems on your iPhone or iPad. This versatile tool empowers users to operate Windows, Linux, and more seamlessly on their iOS devices with commendable speed. It extends compatibility to iOS versions 11 – 16 for iDevices, facilitating installation through sideloading.

Depending on the version you choose, UTM offers varying features and capabilities. For instance, running UTM for TrollStore or employing a jailbreak enables support for technologies like JIT, Hypervisor (M1 Pad), and USB. However, if you install UTM SE, JIT support is absent (resulting in slower performance), although it's compatible with all signing services.

Behind the scenes of UTM, an iOS virtualization software, much of the heavy lifting is handled by qemu. Due to the absence of hardware virtualization support in iOS devices, we cannot utilize the KVM accelerator. Instead, the TCG accelerator is employed, which employs dynamic code translation and JIT compilation. Additionally, UTM incorporates a SPICE client crafted for Metal. UTM on iOS supports also external keyboards, mouse, touchpads, and controllers.

UTM running on iOS 16.

Accessing UTM preferences is straightforward; simply navigate to the iOS Settings application and locate the "UTM" section. However, if UTM was installed via TrollStore, the preferences will be unavailable through this method. Nevertheless, you have the option to manually edit the preferences data using a third-party application.

When configuring a QEMU backend VM with GPU acceleration, users have the option to select from various renderer backends. Some applications may specifically require or perform optimally with a particular backend. If uncertain, it's advisable to stick with the default setting.

By default, the operating system synchronizes the rendering of each frame with the refresh rate of the current display. However, in scenarios where performance-intensive applications lead to frame stalls, resulting in inconsistent frame times, adjusting the target frame rate can provide a more consistent user experience.

UTM provides support for both gesture and cursor modes. In cursor mode, dragging your finger translates to a relative movement of the cursor on the screen. When using this option, mouse acceleration is enabled, enhancing the responsiveness and fluidity of cursor movements.

To interact with the virtual machine (VM) display in UTM, you have several options. Clicking and holding the mouse button performs a left mouse click action. For a right mouse click, simply tap the screen and release immediately. You can move the VM display by dragging it across the screen. Additionally, to simulate scrolling using the mouse wheel, swipe in the desired direction on the screen. These actions allow you to navigate and control the VM display smoothly.

UTP running Windows XP on iPhone.

To run UTM in the background it requires location access enabled. However, even with this access, if the virtual machine (VM) consumes excessive memory resources, the operating system retains the authority to terminate its operation.

How to install UTM with TrollStore

UTM can be installed on your device only through the TrollStore or TrollStore 2 IPA installers. When using other tools like Sideloadly, AltStore, Bullfrog Assistant, and Esign the application may not work with full performance. There are different UTM packages for different environments. For TeollStore use the dedicated UTM for TrollStore IPA.

Step 1. Install TrollStore on iOS following how to install TrollStore 2 guide.

Step 2. Download UTM IPA from the link at the top of this page.

Step 3. Open TrollStore 2 from your Home Screen.

Step 4. Import UTM IPA to TrollStore 2.

Step 5. Proceed with the installation process.

Step 6. Open the Settings app and enter the Privacy & Security.

Step 7. In the Security section follow Developer Mode.

Step 8. Enable Developer Mode and restart your device.

Step 9. Connect your iPhone to a PC or Mac and Turn On Developer Mode.

Step 10. Open UTM from the Home Screen.

Info: Tipa files are essentially IPA files with modified extensions. These files are specifically recognized by TrollStore and typically cannot be installed using traditional IPA installers.

File Description Installation JIT Hypervisor USB
UTM.deb Jailbroken iOS version Open in Cydia, dpkg, or Sileo Yes Yes(1) Yes
UTM.ipa Non-jailbroken iOS version (sideloading) AltStore, etc (see guide) Yes(2) No No
UTM.HV.ipa Non-jailbroken iOS version (TrollStore) TrollStore Yes Yes(1) Yes
UTM.SE.ipa Non-jailbroken iOS version (sideloading) AltStore, enterprise signing, etc No No No

1. Hypervisor on iOS requires an M1 iPad.
2. Enabling JIT may require a separate JIT enabler such as Jitterbug or Jitstreamer.

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