Today, Cydia creator Jay Freeman (Saurik) released an update to his tool Cydia extender and Impactor. It allows the signing and installing of .ipa files to iOS devices.
With it comes a new tool called Cydia Extender. It allows installing and also re-signing of .ipa files on-device. However, don’t get too excited by this news. It is not the solution to the 7-day signing problem that many have been waiting for.
Cydia Impactor 0.9.50 fixes a bug that would prevent .ipa unzipping on Windows-based platforms. That said, if you are using Windows and experiencing problems jailbreaking with unc0ver. Then maybe you want to grab this update.
The Cydia Impactor update has version number 0.9.39 and is available for macOS, Linux, and also Windows. The changelog is brief and consists of a fix for the SSL certificate verification error. That Windows user was reporting a lot when trying to sign .ipa files. Other than that the only difference seems to be the addition of the Cydia Extender tool. Which can be found within Impactor itself, ready for the install to iOS devices.
Windows is the target audience for this particular Cydia Impactor update with Cydia extender. But it is also available for macOS and Linux-based machines. That said, we recommend everyone grabs the update to ensure they have the latest improvements.
If you have not already upgraded Cydia Impactor. Then you can do this by launching the app. A pop-up like the one above should appear, will force you to install the new update. If it does not, or you have not downloaded Cydia Impactor yet. Then you can also grab the latest version from Saurik’s website.
If you want to download Cydia Impactor. Then you can download from Cydia Impactor the Official Website.
The first thing to say here is Extender is NOT a solution to the 7-day signing problem. This is primarily because it requires a paid developer account to work its magic. Without one, it cannot be installed. If you do have a developer account. Then you can simply sign Yalu for a year anyway with Impactor. So that you don’t need Extender. In either case, it does not affect the signing situation.
Let’s have a look at what Saurik had to say to iDB about Extender earlier today:
“Cydia Extender is an application that runs on iOS and registers to handle “.ipa” files, allowing you to browse in Safari directly to an IPA file and install it using the same mechanisms used by Cydia Impactor. It also can re-sign and reinstall itself.”
As you can see, if we leave aside its utility as a jailbreak signer. Cydia Extender is also a pretty interesting tool. Essentially an on-device version of Cydia Impactor. Cydia Extender will be of considerable use to those with a paid developer account. That allows them to browse, install, and re-sign applications indefinitely, without a computer.
Cydia Extender’s Purpose:
Although it is unclear whether Saurik intended Cydia Extender to be a solution to Yalu signing or not. Let’s have a look at his summary of how Extender works (which is actually interesting). And also his opinion on its intended userbase:
“It (apparently) requires a developer account to install. Due to the crazy indirect technique, it uses for the install process (a loopback VPN network extension). This limitation seriously was not noticed by me until a user reported. It as an issue a few minutes after I had already released it. This makes this new application only valuable to developers.”
However, the fact is that Saurik was unaware of its need for a developer account. May suggest that it was in fact destine to one mitigation for our signing difficulties. Had it not required a developer account, as he believed upon its release. It would have been a solution to the problem. So it makes sense to think that is what he considered it. His subsequent wry description of it as a “fail” also supports this interpretation. However, I think that evaluation is kinda harsh. An extender is a powerful tool for those who can use it. Even if its audience is limited severely by the unforeseen setback.
Whether the future utility of the tool will increase is unknown,
as Saurik told iDB:
“There may or may not be other ways to make this work without the VPN feature.”
If we can find a way for that. Extender could still become a workaround for our signing woes. Though Saurik is clearly ambivalent at best on the feasibility of that at present.
A word on the 7-day singing issue:
Regardless of whether Cydia Extender was intended to be a solution to signing our jailbreaks. It now seems likely that it was never meant to be the solution. Saurik has categorically stated that it is not “what many people are assuming”. And this, coupled with his confirmation that he is still working with an unnamed developer on another tool. We can say that Extender was just a temporary measure or just one of a pair of solutions.
We have to wait and see whether their collaboration comes to anything. But, for now, be patient and I must say, do not get your hopes up too much.
I hope you like this article and it was a great source of your information. And now you know about Cydia extender updates. If you guys still have any questions regarding this article. Then you can ask them in the comments section below. Have a Good Day!