Cracking Your Collection

Discussion in 'Guides/How To's' started by Doggybuns, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. Doggybuns

    Doggybuns Member

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    Have you ever downloaded/installed legacy applications only to find out that they are locked to an iTunes account?

    This due to sharing encrypted ipa files, or backups from iTunes/IPA installer. In order to share your legacy apps so that others may install them on their jailbroken iDevice, you need to properly "crack" them, or more precisely decrypt them.

    There are two main tools for doing this right from your device: Rasticrac and Clutch. Current releases for both have abandoned legacy support, but fortunately, Clutch is open-sourced and document releases.

    Note about Rasticrac: According to the internet this tool is supposed to be the best for decryption, but since it is closed source the only way to install it is through the appcake repo which installs many iOS 8 dependencies and does not work from my testing.
    Moderator edit (3/16/20): Rasticrac is available for download on the Momentum Dev Repo (

    Requirements: MobileTerminal, Clutch, iFile

    If you are on iOS 6 or below head over to the github release page. The last stable release is 1.4.6 which still supports legacy versions (For iOS 5 and below I believe 1.4.3 works the best, but I do not have a device to test).

    If you are iOS you need safari download manager or a downloader application. Just click on the Clutch-1.4.6 link. It should automatically download, and should not have an extension.

    Navigate to where you downloaded the file:
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    To edit properties click on the blue arrow next to the file name. Feel free to change its name to something shorter as you will be typing it in MobileTerminal a lot. Also make sure all properties are set to executable:
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    Move this file to "/usr/bin/"
    You should see a bunch of other extensionless files.
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    Now we can begin decrypting!

    For this tutorial I will be cracking MangaReader, a free app removed by Apple a few years ago.
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    Open the MobileTerminal application and type:
    su root

    This gives you root privileges so you need to input your password (you wont see it being typed). The default password is
    It is highly recommended that you change your root password. To do this type
    (It should be memorable and not complicated just not the default)

    Next type
    clutch -C
    or whatever you named the file followed by a capital "C" to configure clutch.
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    To keep the default configuration value listed just hit return. For the direction to place IPA's just hit enter, custom directories are very buggy. I suggest to use a number based system. For the email you can enter anything you want.

    Important: Use native zipping, otherwise you get an error.

    Once you are done, just type
    (or whatever you named your file. You should see a numbered list off your non-cracked applications:
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    Slide on the right side of the screen to scroll up or down.

    To crack and app type
    (or file name) followed by the number of the application. So for me
    clutch 16
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    Once it is done you should see the cracked ipa file in the designated directory.

    That's all! :) I hope this tutorial was clear enough. Please share you apps and enjoy cracked apps from others!

    Note: The apps you're cracking must be tied to your appleid or else you will get a error.
    #1 Doggybuns, Dec 16, 2017
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 27, 2020
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  2. Cipher

    Cipher Administrator
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    Sep 6, 2017
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    Added that note just in case
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  3. powerwolf101

    powerwolf101 New Member

    Nov 7, 2018
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    how do i backup my apps on my iphone 4?
  4. bugmenot

    bugmenot admins acknowledge your presence

    Jun 28, 2018
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    Rasticrac is not closed source! it's just a script that uses dumpdecrypted to decrypt binaries. you can view/edit script with text editor.
  5. Stormy_Gothify

    Stormy_Gothify New Member

    Sep 10, 2020
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    Does anyone know why is this happening?
    I followed the steps correctly on my iPod 4 (iOS 5).
    It was working fine before, but I factory reset my device and redid everything and this kept happening.
    Please Help.

    Attached Files:

  6. Alexandy1

    Alexandy1 New Member

    May 30, 2020
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    Thanks so much for this

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