How To: Jailbreak iPad 2 On iOS 5.0.1 With Absinthe On Mac OS X [VIDEO]

Absinthe for the Mac OS X operating system was released today, and with Absinthe you can Jailbreak the iPad 2 Untethered running the iOS 5.0.1 firmware. In case you are wondering, Absinthe can Jailbreak all models of the iPad 2 running the iOS 5.0.1 firmware including the iPad 2 WiFi, iPad 2 GSM and iPad 2 CDM. Thus, without further a due, in this how to guide from you will learn how to Jailbreak your iPad 2 running the iOS 5.0.1 firmware with Absinthe for Mac OS X.

Jailbreak iPad 2 Absinthe (Mac OS X)

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Perquisites: The first thing you need to do before starting this how to is make sure your iPad 2 is backed up. As the Absinthe Jailbreaking tool was just released, there is a good chance that you may experience an error Jailbreaking it. Thus, it is always a good idea to make sure all your content on your iPad 2 is backed up. Additionally, if you iPad 2 has a passcode lock you must disable it, and furthermore you will need to disable any current VPN’s setup on your iPad 2.

Recommendation: It is our personal recommendation that you restore your iPad 2 to factory settings on the iOS 5.0.1 firmware. This will dramatically reduce the chance you have of experiencing an error while Jailbreaking it.

Step 1) – The first thing you need to do is download the latest version of the Absinthe Jailbreaking tool from the iJailbreak Downloads Section or from one of the direct download links below. It is always recommend that you check the iJailbreak Download Section, however, to ensure that you are downloading the latest version (we do not always update these guides with the up-to-date versions).

Download Absinthe 0.1.2.-2 (Mac OS X)

Step 2) – Launch the Absinthe Jailbreaking tool, from the directory you downloaded it to, by clicking the Absinthe app shortcut.

Step 3) – Once Absinthe is running you will need to plug your iPad 2 into your computer (if you have not done this already). Upon doing this Absinthe should recognize your iPad 2, 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 iPad 2 will look like it is being officially restored through iTunes; it should say something along the lines of “restore in progress.”

Step 4) – Once your iPad 2 reboots you can slide-to-unlock it and then on your Springboard (homescreen) you should notice a new Absinthe icon. Tap this Absinthe icon now, the official GreenPois0n website should appear for an instant, and then your iPad 2 will reboot. Upon being rebooted you should notice that Cydia takes the place of the prior Absinthe icon. Congrats! You have just Jailbroken your iPad 2 Untethered running the iOS 5.0.1 firmware with Absinthe.


The Absinthe Jailbreaking tool is extremely new, and thus there is going to be numerous errors people encounter. has done its best to reference the most common errors people are experiencing and additionally provide solutions for them.

Tip #1: If you are experiencing “Error establishing connection” this is simply because the servers hosting this Userland Jailbreak is being overloaded with traffic. Your best bet is going to be to keep trying to launch the Absinthe app on your springboard, or simply wait an hour or two and try again. Another solution that has been reported to work for this error is to simply go into the > General Tab > Network Tab > VPN Tab and then toggle VPN to the ON position. This will cause an error dialog box to appear where once dismissed will reboot your iPad 2, and in most cases will allow you to use the Absinthe app to finish your Jailbreak.

Tip #2: If you are having troubles getting the Absinthe app to appear on your iPad 2’s springboard, or are just having errors in general with Absinthe you can follow Planetbeing’s advice to — Run Absinthe from Terminal by using the cd command to navigate to the directory where Absinthe is located (on your computer) and then type the following ./ (now simply start the Jailbreaking process over again).

Tip #3: If all else fails, try restoring your iPad 2 (if you have not already) to factory settings, restart your computer and switch USB ports.

Hopefully this how to guide has helped you Jailbreak your iPad 2 running the iOS 5.0.1 firmware using Absinthe on Mac OS X. If you have any questions or thoughts related to this tutorial please leave them in the comments section below…

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  • Theekalvin

    is the absinthe closing unexpectedly on mac os for anyone??

  • Dizzylol4

    Mine wont even allow me to click the jailbreak button it does not recognise my iPad
    why  any help ? or  could it be because of the new itunes ?? i did an update yesterday on my mac just before absinthe was released ….

  • Arsh Grover

    I have a IPhone 4S Which is Not Carrier Unlocked, It is a UK Model so its not AT&T but Is Vodafone Locked, I don’t have the Sim for it and I get the error Please Insert a Valid Sim. If I try to Jailbreak it using GreenPoison’s Absinthe it is Stuck on Beginning Jailbreak,This may take a while from the past 15 mins, any suggestions??

  • fox

    Try backup up, restore your phone to factory settings, then trying to jailbreak it. 

    Would like to know if that would work. 

  • Asiliat

    Totally painless over here. Went from 4.3.3 JB to just updating first to iOS 5 (2 hrs to d/l 5.0.1 from Apple) and then JB without issue. About the only thing is that my contacts, calendars, and photos did not restore to the ipad2

    Good luck u guys!

  • Jpstory0623

    got the same problem. Why is that happening? Anyone knows how to fix it?

  • Lorenzo Rota

    it just worked fine for me and it went really fast

  • AK

    the absinthe application wont run on my macbook, is it because i’m still on tiger OSX 10.4?

  • Mirandodesdeapple

    Just boot your Mac in safe mode pressing shift after chimes….and then….you can press Jailbreak button….hope it help…

  • None

    I finally connected to absinthe (you click on icon after install to get it to change to cydia) but it sends me to a sample wordpress page… anybody else that this is happening to?

  • Trssho

    Yep!! Cant get the JB to take, and now this WordPress page is comiing up. Errrr!

  • FoShaw

    i’m going to try this…I’ll let you know

  • FoShaw

    fail. apparently my iOS 5.0 iPad 2 isn’t a supported device…?

  • Cws_1986

    Absinthe app take me to greenpois0n web pages. Try to turn on vpn and just come out error and will not reboot. Anyone know what wrong with that? 

  • Fabian

    have that problem too…

  • Sionellis86

    for the ipad you must be on 5.0.1 not 5.0

  • Sameer E ADil

    i m able to jailbreak my iphone 4s 16gb but on 32gb i m keep on getting error ( absinthe.exe has stopped working ) 

    Any Solution …

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  • Dylan Jackson

    cant download at all check

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  • Julian

    Hello, I jailbreak my iphone 4-ios 4.3.3- long time ago. Now I’m trying to do the same with my Iphone 4s but nothing….Absante is not working. Samwhere in the middle of the process windows is closing the program, same is happening with my ipad 2 on ios 5.0.1.Please help with any solutions for that problem.Thanks.

  • Hack_ermali

    i didnt restore at beggining and i forgot to turn off the passcode and now my ipad is not turning on please someine help me

  • DrB

    I did everything, and worked great, zero issues. Once I have the Cydia icon, do i need to download another application? From where can I download the free apps?



  • Mystic

    just tried jail breaking ipad2 with the latest release of absinthe (0.4), it failed. I was successful though with version 0.3