There is no doubt that Cydia is the most popular package manager for iOS devices. It's installed by default by many jailbreak tools. Zebra is a modern APT that offers a lot of useful features not provided by Cydia to manage all repositories on your iPhone or iPad.
Add Zebra Repo to your package manager.
What is Zebra?
Zebra is a fast package manager for jailbroken iOS devices packed with amazing features. It works extremely fast, compared to Cydia when refreshing repositories or installing tweaks. It supports all devices running iOS 9 up to iOS 14. This is the best Cydia alternative for iPhone.
Once installed, you can easily transfer community sources from popular package managers. Zebra can import repositories from Cydia, Sileo, and Installer with one tap. What's more, it recognizes tweak stores allowing you to log in and access all bought tweaks and apps.
This feature is provided by the Sileo API. The latest release includes also support for payment vendors on iOS 9 and iOS 10. Zebra Package Manager can also export and import the list of all repositories and save the list of all installed packages on your device to a text file.
Zebra app is released as an open-source project. Managing repositories with this package manager was never easier. You can add multiple sources with a single tap and view all packages listed in repositories by categories. This will speed up setting up the app for the first time.
By default, Zebra displays recent jailbreak community news posted on Reddit and featured packages on the home page. You can disable those functions from app Settings.
From there, you can also switch accent color, change the app icon, activate the pure dark mode, automatically dismiss the console when all tasks are completed, or reset the configuration. Filtring is also available. Hide packages in sections you are not interested in.
To speed up Zebra you can change the download timeout. It's for how long the Package Manage will wait for a source to respond before timing out. I would recommend using the 10-second option. All repositories are automatically refreshed when you open Zerba app.
After sources will be refreshed you can view all changes from the Changes page. The app displays a clear list with all new and updated tweaks with dates and some basic descriptions. If a tweak is paid there is an additional icon displayed.
The packages page contains the list of all installed tweaks, apps, and libraries. There is an option to sort the list by Date, Size, and ABC. With Zebra you can also view all installed files by a tweak, and search tab for packages while typing (can be disabled on older devices).
One of the most useful features provided by Zebra is the Wish list. The jailbreak community is releasing thousands of tweaks and it can be a challenge to remember everything that is released. With Zebra's Wish list you can add tweaks to the list for quick access.
The app recognizes multiple versions of a package available through different repositories allowing you to "Always Install Latest" version. Zebra is probably the best package manager that can replace Cydia. Use it to manage repositories, and install/uninstall jailbreak tweaks.
If you don't feel that Zebra is the right APT for you there are also some other package managers that you try. Sileo is one of the most popular ones, but there are also AppTapp Installer with a clean and modern interface or Saily, a simple and fast package manager for iOS 13 and newer.
To download Zebra on your jailbroken device it's required to add the official Repository to Cydia Sources. Add Zebra Repo and install the package manager on your iPhone now. The developer provides access to Zebra's beta repo located at https://getzbra.com/beta.
- Open the Sources tab in the Cydia app.
- Tap on Edit → Add buttons and enter https://getzbra.com/repo/ Repo URL.
- Install Zebra from the newly added Zebra Repo.
- Respiring your iPhone to apply changes.
- Zebra 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.
Zebra package manager was released as an open-source project with source code available through GitHub Repository. It was released under GPL-3.0 License. The last changes to the code were added on 23 May 2022. The project is still under active maintenance.
To compile Zebra by yourself it's required to use a macOS with installed Xcode, and libraries like theos, fakeroot, and xcpretty. Zebra was coded in 95.1% Objective-C and 4.6% in C language. You are very welcome to pull requests to fix bugs, add new features, and fix awful code.
- Fixes Zebra crashing on launch on iOS 12 and earlier.
- Adds support for payment vendors on iOS 9 and 10.
- Adds an error reporting feature.
- More all-around optimization of Zebra to reduce the overall package size.
- Fixes a crash on iOS 9 - iOS 13 when tapping the Add Source button.
- Fixes the sorting of the package list export feature to be alphabetical.
- Tweaks the icons used for swipe actions for better UI consistency.
- Reduced the Zebra package size by 8.5%.
- Re-add the ability to open .deb files in Zebra.
- Adds a handy feature to copy device info.
- Payment API support implemented.
- New option to ignore package updates.