Absinthe Jailbreak Tool: Everything You Need To Know! [How To]

Absinthe is the successor to the GreenPois0n Jailbreaking tool and was developed in collaboration between many developers in the Jailbreaking community; including the iPhone Dev-Team, Chronic Dev-Team and Pod2G. This Jailbreaking tool only does Untethered Jailbreaks on the iOS 5 firmware generation and came in three iterations: the actual Absinthe tool, a command-line version for advanced users, and also integration in RedSn0w.

A lot of people have wondered how Absinthe got its name, and there is many theories. It turns out however, that the name Absinthe was a homage to the GreenPois0n tool. Absinthe is actually an alcoholic beverage then is generally green in color and poisonous in high concentrations. As such the name Absinthe fits this tool well.

Like GreenPois0n, Absinthe is a one-click Jailbreaking solution and does not encompass some of the advanced features of Jailbeaking tools such as RedSn0w. Once you click the Jailbreak button the Jailbreaking process will commence and you just sit back and watch your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Apple TV become Jailbroken.

Individuals who have never Jailbroke before and want to make the process as simple as possible will benefit from using one-click Jailbreaking tools. Other tools such as Sn0wBreeze and the PwnageTool provide additional features for customizing your Jailbreak, but often times are only used by individuals who are tech-savvy or have had past experience Jailbreaking. It’s not really that these tools are harder to use, but rather that the process takes longer.

Absinthe is cross compatible with Mac OS X, Windows and even Linux. As Absinthe is compatible with all operating systems there is nothing preventing you from using it, besides which firmware versions and devices it is compatible with.

Absinthe Jailbreak Tool

Absinthe Device Compatibility

Absinthe is compatible with all iOS devices that can run the iOS 5.0.1 or 5.1.1 firmware. You can take a look at the devices and firmware versions Absinthe currently supports below. Keep in mind that we will update the Absinthe compatibility chart if new versions of Absinthe are released to ensure it is always up to date.

Latest Absinthe Untethered Jailbreak: iOS 5.1.1

Absinthe iPhone Support

iPhone 5: Not Supported
iPhone 4S: iOS 5 (iOS 5.0, 5.0.1, 5.1.1)
iPhone 4: iOS 5 (5.1.1)
iPhone 3GS: iOS 5 (5.1.1)

Absinthe iPad Support

iPad Mini: Not Supported
iPad 4: Not Supported
iPad 3: iOS 5 (iOS 5.1.1)
iPad 2: iOS 5 (iOS 5.0.1, 5.1.1)
iPad 1: iOS 5 (5.1.1)

Absinthe iPod Touch Support

iPod Touch 5G: Not Supported
iPod Touch 4G: iOS 5 (iOS 5.1.1)
iPod Touch 3G: iOS 5 (iOS 5.1.1)

GreenPois0n Apple TV Support

Apple TV 2G: iOS 5 (iOS 5.0.1/5.1.1)

How To Download Absinthe

You can downloaded the latest version of Absinthe from the GreenPois0n website, maintained by the Chronic Dev-Team. iJailbreak also maintains a downloads section that contains the latest version of Absinthe. Simply click here to visit the iJailbreak Downloads Section and download the version of GreenPoi0n that is bold. This signifies that it is the latest version.

The Basics Of Absinthe

Absinthe is a Jailbreaking tool where you do not lose any data on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Apple TV after Jailbreaking. This is because Absinthe does not erase any data during the Jailbreaking process. Some Jailbreaking tools like The PwnageTool require you to restore your device to complete the Jailbreaking process. This results in all the data on your device being erased. Although this method of Jailbreaking has its advantages, it is inconvenient to lose all your data and thus Absinthe is ideal for those who do not fancy having to backup everything on their device.

Unlike Jailbreaking tools like RedSn0w that are consistently updated to support Jailbreaking new firmware versions tethered – a type of Jailbreak that means your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad will not reboot without the aid of your computer if it loses power – Absinthe only supports Untethered Jailbreaks. This means your iOS device will function as normal once Jailbroken and will not require the assistance of your computer to reboot.

How To Launch Absinthe Correctly

Absinthe needs to be launched a certain way on Mac OS X and Windows. If you are running Absinthe on Windows you will need to ensure you grant it administrative privileges by right clicking it and selecting the ‘run as administrator option’. On Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, because of the new Gatekeeper software, there is also a trick to running Absinthe. You will need to first hold down the control button and then select the ‘open’ option.

How To Jailbreak With Absinthe

As Absinthe is a one-click Jailbreaking solution, it is an extremely easy process to go about Jailbreaking your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. iJailbreak has written numerous guides for Jailbreaking your iOS device with Absinthe that can be accessed from the How To Jailbreak Section. These guides include screenshots, and are specific to each firmware version Absinthe supports. As the Jailbreaking process with Absinthe is essentially the same for all firmware versions however, you can follow the generalized guide below as well.

Note: It is recommended, at the minimum, that before you start following this guide you should backup your iOS device. Better yet restoring your device to factory settings through iTunes has shown to reduce the chances of encountering an error while using Absinthe to Jailbreak your device.

  1. The first thing you will need to do is download Absinthe. As mentioned previously this can be done from the iJailbreak Downloads Section.
  2. Next you will need to plug your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Apple TV into your computer via USB. Once you have done this launch Absinthe; keeping in mind the points discussed previously on how to launch Absinthe correctly on both Mac OS X and Windows.
  3. Once you launch Absinthe, the tool should recognize your device, and once this happens, you will need to click the Jailbreak button in the middle-right side of the screen. When you click the Jailbreak button your iOS device will look like it is being officially restored through iTunes; it should say something along the lines of “restore in progress.” Keep in mind that the Jailbreaking process can take anywhere from 5-20 minutes depending on if you restored your device or not prior to Jailbreaking it.
  4. After the Jailbreaking process is complete you should see a new Absinthe icon (only if you are Jailbreaking iOS 5.0.1 or 5.0). Tap on this icon now and then your device should reboot automatically, and instead of the Absinthe icon you should see a Cydia icon on your home screen. Congratulations! As long as you see Cydia on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad then your device is Jailbroken (You will not see a Cydia icon when Jailbreaking the Apple TV because it is not compatible with it).

As you have probably realized, Jailbreaking with Absinthe is an extremely simple process. We hope you have found this in-depth analysis of Absinthe useful, and once again if you are experiencing errors or need an extra hand using Absinthe, please follow a guide through our How To Jailbreak section.

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  1. Cupid_kuki says:

    Does it work?

  2. Yeah it works!

  3. Damm … no win link !! 10x anywayy !

  4. New to absinthe. says:

    I am new at this. I have cydia on my board ones I click on it i don’t know what to do with it
    Can some body help, give me an example . Thanks.

  5. Eltacoalpastor says:

    Will unlocking my device unvalidate my legal apps, cause I have many and the only reason I wanna jailbreak is for grooveshark

  6. how do i download does not work? and does the j ailbreak work on 4s?

  7. Ayapchunhou says:

    hey…y i already install one app in instollous thn at home screen will out 4 things like ad sheet , setup, ios diognastic …why like this?? help me plz

  8. Hey guys I’m plugging in my iPad 2 as prompted by Absinthe and it’s not reading it–I’m not getting any notification that the device is connected…any suggestions??

  9. Hi I tried to Jailbreak my Ipad 2. After running Absinthe V0.3. I did not get the Absinthe Icon on my divice and I have looked carefully on all homescreens??? Should I try to Jailbreak it again or what to do??

  10. That’s awesome…It works for my IPad 2>Thank you very much…

  11. Themrcool212 says:

    can some1 know how to jailbreak ipad1 on linux?

  12. No it will not

  13. Jailbreak iPad Untethered On iOS 5.0.1 Using Absinthe for Linux.
    You’re welcome.

  14. Sorry use this link. ^^ Ignore previous post I made


  15. Ipod198526 says:

    trying to jailbreak my ipad 2 on ios 5.0.1 i open absinthe then it asks me to plug in my device then when i have done tha i get 
    error consistency check failed. could not find the required files. y is this happening??????

  16. why not create ip4s hackactive 

  17. Will this work for the iPad 2 4.3.5 version?

  18. only on iOS 5.0.1

  19. mine has been on the “beginning to jailbreak, this may take a while section for around an hour, is this normal?

  20. had JB ipad2 ios 5.0.1,but a cydia tweak screwed all,while restore to clean fimware using itunes.1601 error halts the restore:( HELP!! :(

  21. i cant even download the softwere, lol

  22.  Worked like a charm! Thanks alot DEV TEAM! you guys rock

  23. Ahmed43 says:

    absinthe could not be opened after I installed it .. ???

  24. Cayman Islands says:

    will this work on a itouch 4?

  25. Surpriseman9 1 says:

    nothing for the 4s iOS 5.1 ? and it’s possible activate the 4s 5.1 whitout the t-mobile sim card (it’s locked whit t-mobile but i dont have this sim) ?

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  27. cumminggock says:

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  28. concurseiroplantonista says:

    I’ve just done the Absinthe Jailbrake on iPhone 4S 5.0.1 and now I realize that 3G enable/disable option has dissapear. How can I fix this?

  29. Plz any solution to hacktivate m’y iPhone 4s ????

  30. Surpriseman9 1 says:

    Nothing information about this problem?? I have buyed the givey sim for only iphone 4s but i don’t think how to use this!

  31. Qbaghdady says:

    I have prblem with my iphone 4s after sussessfule JB. and install cydia sourc ,
    I can’t install any App from  (APP store ) in my iphone just (white icone with “waiting”) I test internet connectoin it is OK  ………  help PLs

  32. Marmutgangster says:

    does this work in ipod touch?

  33. Twtfrmdal says:

    it states that device is not supported..please help, i have iphone 4s

  34. Joe Alhallak says:

    maybe because your ios is 5.1                                                                           i know because i have an iphone 4s ios 5.1 and absinthe said it is not supported

  35. Joseph Alhallak says:

    no it doesn’t if you want to jailbreak ipod touch you need to download redsn0w

  36. Joe Alhallak says:

    it worked on my ipad 2 . but i still want to jailbreak my iphone 4s 5.1

  37. pinky1436 says:

    Does anyone know when jailbreak for iphone 4s 5.1 is going to come out?

  38. Any solution for compiling a Absinthe linux rel that is Fedora compatible (no SSL version or information checked)

  39. is your phone vulnerable to an SSH Hack with this?

  40. Sulemanhaider167 says:

    No it only works with the iPhone 4s and iPad 2.

  41. Teja Ramapuram says:

    my ipad 2 gsm ios 5.1.1 said it is not soupported. HELP

  42. Do I keep all my personal data like WLAN connection points when updating via Absinthe 2.0 to iOS 5.1.1?
    Currently I am running on iOS 5.0.1 on my IPhone 4S.


  43. Henrynor93 says:

    Having an issue with the recent JB and my camera app/roll. The default camera will take pics but the pics I take don’t save to the camera roll like they need to. They store the most recent pic in the camera app itself but won’t download to the camera roll or photo steam. I have restored it to normal without JB from iTunes and still did not help… any suggestions? 

  44. Goodinboy#11 says:

    Any One have a solution for downloading cydia… I restarted iPhone and cydia wasn’t there. It froze up while trying to delete an app downloaded from cydia. Really need help

  45. Greench23 says:

    This software works on ios 5.1.1 only ? I need to jailbreak my ipad 2 with ios 5.1.

  46. Thedudeguy says:


  47. Thedudeguy says:

    R u using the supported firmware version for the jailbreak tool you’re using?

  48. Anonymous says:

    [dripping sarcasm] “Nooooooo why would an official jailbreak tool work?…”

  49. Borneojailbreaker says:

    this is the best jailbreak that i ever did !! thanks a lot !!! 

  50. n2audio says:

    Not sure what to do now. Backed up iphone 4s 5.1.1, wiped content and data, plugged in to computer and tried to jailbreak phone. Goes thru process fine until the end and says there was an error and could not jailbreak. Tried 3 times but give the same thing. Want to jailbreak phone but not sure what to do next. Any suggestions.

  51. Paulhartman says:

    hi i have jb my ipad 2 3g with absinthe latest but now i would like to unlock its network is there something in cydia that can do this or is there another bit of software i can use

  52. Absinthe is one of the best jailbreak tool I have ever got to used. This works fine on my iPad 2, now looking for iPhone 4S to jailbreak and hope to get success with this too. 

  53. fuckyou jailbreak says:

    shit fucking asshole page not found when i download it

  54. Shel Bert says:

    Question: I am jail breaking my 3Gs iphone so that when I travel from home (Canada – where all phones are locked) to the USA (which I do regularly) I can purchase a sim card / phone service there for use without being hit with the insanely avarice phone and roaming charges. But I want to ensure that I can replace my sim card when I return to Canada. In other words I want to be able to switch cards for when I am in Canada and the USA. Any words of advice or caution?


  55. Any news on the jailbreak for the 4s using ios 6 or above?

  56. Please let us know this software will work on all iphones?

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