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How to get Sileo on your checkra1n or unc0ver device alongside Cydia (unofficial method)

When you jailbreak your iPhone or iPad with checkra1n or unc0ver, the tool automatically installs the tried-and-true Cydia package manager by default. What you decide to do or install from that point on is up to you, whether you choose to install Zebra, Installer, or even Sileo. That’s right… we said it.

Sileo has long been thought of as a proprietary package manager for CoolStar’s jailbreaks such as Chimera and Odyssey. But now that Sileo is officially open source, it’s likely that we’ll see a lot more happening with Sileo in the foreseeable future. One such example would be a new package that makes installing the Sileo package manager on unsupported jailbreaks incredibly easy – changec0vers’ Sileo Compatibility Layer.

We wouldn’t even be able to count the number of times we’ve been asked if it was possible to install the Sileo package manager on the checkra1n and unc0ver jailbreaks, so tonight’s release seemed like an incredibly convenient excuse to make a tutorial on that very subject.

What you need to know

While you might think that Sileo will replace Cydia just like it does when installing the Odysseyra1n bootstrap, this doesn’t appear to be the case. In fact, they’ll run side-by-side, allowing you to use Cydia or Sileo on demand.

Sam Bingner appears to have updated at least four different APT-related packages tonight specifically in response to this release so that those interested in running Sileo alongside Cydia on the unc0ver jailbreak can now officially do so. Please make sure that the following are up to date (version or newer) before attempting this tutorial to avoid any unwanted errors:

Please note that this is not an official Sileo installer, but rather a third-party installer by changec0vers. It will still install the Sileo package manager, however you probably won’t receive support from the Sileo Team if something goes wrong, so try to keep that in mind.

Lastly, we should mention that we don’t recommend uninstalling Cydia after installing Sileo. It’s good to have Cydia as a backup just in case anything goes awry.

How to get Sileo on the checkra1n or unc0ver jailbreak

We don’t want to waste any more of your time, so we’ll just get right into the meat and potatoes of it:

1) Launch the Cydia app on your jailbroken device:

2) Visit the Sources tab and tap on the Edit button:

3) Next, tap on the Add button:

4) In the prompt that appears, enter the following URL and then tap on the Add Source button:

5) When everything finishes loading, tap on the Return to Cydia button:

6) Next, visit the Changes tab and find the following two packages:

Sileo Compatibility Layer

7) Install both of the aforementioned packages individually by tapping each one and then tapping on the Install button:

8) When prompted, tap on the Confirm button for each one individually:

9) The installation process begins; tap on the Return to Cydia button when complete:

10) Once finished, you can visit your Home Screen and launch the Sileo app for the first time to activate the app and refresh all installed sources:

Enjoy! You now have a fully-functioning Sileo installer on your checkra1n or unc0ver device.


Please note that this particular Sileo installer is still in its early stages at the time of this writing. According to the details published by the creator in the /r/jailbreak announcement post, there are plans to migrate to the Procursus bootstrap in the future.

While you can use Cydia and Sileo side-by-side on your checkra1n or unc0ver jailbreak via this method, you may see additional action messages in Cydia when refreshing installing or uninstalling packages. They appear to be related to translations and appear to be completely harmless, albeit slightly annoying if anything. They’ll look something like this, and you can just ignore them:

Extraneous action messages in Cydia after installing Sileo alongside it.

We expect that a future update could and will smooth the rough edges.

Will you be installing Sileo alongside Cydia on your jailbroken installation of checkra1n or unc0ver? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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