Generally, iOS users tend to jailbreak their iOS device if they wish to unlock the maximum potential of their phone. Depending upon the iOS version, there are several jailbreak tools available in the relative market like Electra, UnC0ver, and the latest one being Checkra1n. Post a successful jailbreak, you need a package manager for the installation of tweaks. Undoubtedly, Cydia, as a jailbreak package manager, enjoys immense popularity. However, apart from Cydia, we have Sileo, Saily, and now we have Zebra (formerly AUPM); a package manager for jailbroken iOS devices.
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The backbone that gives Zebra its strength is based on speed and efficiency. The coolest part is that unlike Sileo, you don’t require uninstalling Cydia for the smooth and effective functioning of Zebra. The stable V 1.0 release of Zebra did have a few bugs and the developer acknowledged the same at the time of the release. Next, with V 1.1 a majority of the bugs were fixed and new features were added. Thereafter, we had releases 1.1.26 and 1.1.28.
Zebra V 1.1.28 – Fixes Crashing Issue on V 1.1.27
Zebra 1.1.27, upon its release, started displaying crashing issues. Hence, to fix the crashing issues, the developer immediately followed up with a version 1.1.28. The following are the features that are a part of this latest iteration of Zebra package manager.
- Improved support for payment vendors. Includes support for payment vendors on iOS 9 and iOS 10 as well. This is the first time that payment vendor functionality is available on a modern package manager for legacy iOS versions viz iOS 9 and 10.
- In earlier versions of the package manager, the app did not allow purchases without passcode configuration. The fix for this is in place in Zebra V 1.1.28.
- Error reporting feature automatically sends information on crashes, if any, to the Zebra support team.
Check out the latest iteration of Zebra package manager from the GitHub page.
Zebra V 1.1.26 – Copy Device Info & Bug Fixes
The latest Zebra v 1.1.26 is out with a feature that allows you to copy the device info from Zebra’s home page. This information consists of the UDID of your iOS device that plays a vital role in activating the paid jailbreak tweaks that require UDID for licensing. The following is a complete changelog.
- Ability to copy device info from Zebra’s home page.
- Multiple users reported a crash on tapping the ‘Add Source’ button from iOS 9 to iOS 13. This update implements the fix for this.
- Sorting for the package list export feature is alphabetical now.
Zebra V 1.1.24 – Now Available
The Zebra team is on the roll as we have the latest Zebra v 1.1.24 available now with improved security and performance-related enhancements. The following is the changelog for the same.
- Just like other package managers like Cydia and Sileo, Zebra does not send the UDID (Unique Device Identifier) when loading depictions. Payment Provider API will work for the owners of the repositories.
- Depictions cannot load the files from the local device thereby improving the security of the package detail screen.
- Improved rendering of the release notes on Zebra changelog screen.
- Crashing issue on installing/removing packages fixed.
- Error while changing the app icon settings on iPads fixed.
- Crashing issue when tapping on the author’s name present on the package detail screen fixed on iPads.
- Packages will indicate now whether there is a requirement of a re-spring or device restart after an installation/removal. This is possible now as Adds support exists now for the “finish” file descriptor.
- Resolved an issue where news carousel was not loading any posts on the Changes tab.
Those who are interested in the latest version of Zebra can check out the same from the Zebra team’s GitHub page.
Zebra Package Manager – Updated to V 1.1.23
The latest version of Zebra viz V 1.1.23 comes with a variety of performance improvements. You can view the detailed changelog at its GitHub page. However, for your convenience, we have listed the new features briefly below as well.
- A new app icon “Z with Stripes”. Switch to the new icon from the Settings.
- Support for Support: field in package file controls.
- Support for .deb files that consist of configuration files.
- Performance optimization for payment providers.
- Issue causing unnecessary requests to repositories’ featured package banner lists fixed.
- Issue causing Zebra to make invalid requests to payment providers when payment endpoint file ends in a newline character fixed.
- Reduction in the overall package size of Zebra by 8.5%.
For those who are already using Zebra, they can get the update for free by updating the sources. However, if you have not tried Zebra yet, you can do so by adding the URL https://getzbra.com/repo/ to your current package manager app’s repository list. Follow any one of the installation methods listed below in this post.
Zebra V 1.1 – A New Package Manager for iOS
The developer takes up user feedback on bugs, issues, and new feature requests on the GitHub page – https://github.com/wstyres/Zebra as well as Discord Page – https://discord.gg/z89N7rd. Coming back to the V 1.1, following is the list of the major features of the same as per the change log and improvements over the V 1.0.
- Filter out packages and authors that you don’t wish to see.
- A new “Import Sources” view has been added allowing seamless import of sources from another package manager.
- Different accent colors are a part of the latest V 1.1.
- A detailed Search Tab allows you to look for a package quickly and easily.
- Payment API Support has undergone a lot of improvements.
- Pick up a language of your choice for the package manager instead of using the system language.
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Zebra Package Manager Install on iOS [STEPS]
You can follow any one of the following two methods to install the new package manager on your iOS device.
Method 1 > Install from Cydia
- Launch Cydia app on your iOS device.
- Tap Sources > Edit
- Hit the Add button and add the official Zebra Repo.
- Cydia will now load the repository. Once the process is complete, tap on Return to Cydia.
- Go to Changes Section and tap on the Zebra package from the list.
- Hit the Modify button in the top-right.
- Hit Install option on the pop-up prompt.
- Tap on Confirm button thereafter.
- Post successful installation, please tap on Return to Cydia button at the bottom.
- Now, on your iOS device’s home screen, you will see the icon of Zebra.
Method 2 > Install Using Cydia Impactor
- As a first, please download Zebra IPA file from here.
- Please download Cydia Impactor on your iOS device. Alternatively, you can also go for AltSigner or AltServerPatcher.
- Open the Cydia Impactor ZIP and launch the executable.
- Navigate to Device > Install Package.
- Select the Zebra IPA file that you have downloaded above.
- Cydia Impactor will ask your developer Apple ID and password.
- Post entering the credentials, the sideloading process will start and within a few minutes, you will have Zebra installed on your iOS device.
- Make sure you trust the certificate of Zebra in Settings > General > Profiles & Device Management.
- If you are unclear on the above steps, tap here to check out our post on the steps that you require following to sideload an IPA on your iOS device via Cydia Impactor.
Check How Many Packages are Installed Per Repo for Zebra [Zenumbra]
It will be great if you could see a count showing the number of installed packages besides each repository in sources tab for Zebra. Multiple users have requested for the same. Good news is that the tweak Zenumbra released by foxfortmobile for Zebra package manager accomplishes the same.
Compatible with Zebra package manager V 1.1.0 or above, Zenumbra tweak shows how many tweaks are installed from each repo on the sources page. This could easily help you identify which repos you don’t use and thus get rid of them.
For those who wish to download the Zenumbra tweak can do so from The Fox Fort Repo. The tweak supports A12/A13 devices and is completely free to use.
Final Words – Zebra Package Manager – Cydia Alternative on iOS
Please note that as of now this new package manager is not supported on the Checkra1n jailbreak though the package manager is compatible with iOS 13. However, the upcoming updates will indeed have this sorted. Meanwhile, let us know in the comments section provided below your feedback and views for this new jailbreak package manager.
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