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.NET bindings for imobiledevice

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imobiledevice-net is a library which allows you to interact with iOS devices on Windows using any of the .NET Framework languages (such as C# or Visual Basic). It is based on the libimobiledevice library.


You can install imobiledev-net as a NuGet package

PM> Install-Package imobiledevice-net

Advantages of imobiledevice-net

We've done some work to make sure imobiledevice-net "just works":

  • Better string handling: Strings are marshalled (copied from .NET code to unmanaged code and vice versa) as UTF-8 strings. This is what libimobiledevice uses natively.
  • Better array handling: In most cases, we'll return a ReadOnlyCollection<string> object instead of IntPtr objects when the native API returns an array of strings.
  • Less memory leaks: We give you safe handles instead of IntPtr objects. When you dispose of the safe handle (or you forget, and the framework does it for you), the safe memory is freed, too.
  • Unit testing support: You interact with libimobiledevice through classes such as iDevice or Lockdown. For each of these classes, we also expose an interface, allowing you to unit test your code.
  • XML Documentation: Where possible, we've copied over the documentation of libimobiledevice to imobiledevice-net, giving you IntelliSense support.

How it works

We use libclang to parse the libimobiledevice C headers and generate the C# P/Invoke code.


See the API Documentation for more information on imobiledevice-net.

Getting started

Using the library

Before you use the library, you must call NativeLibraries.Load() so that libimobiledevice is loaded correctly:


Listing all iOS devices

The following snippit lists all devices which are currently connected to your PC:

ReadOnlyCollection<string> udids;
int count = 0;

var idevice = LibiMobileDevice.Instance.iDevice;
var lockdown = LibiMobileDevice.Instance.Lockdown;

var ret = idevice.idevice_get_device_list(out udids, ref count);

if (ret == iDeviceError.NoDevice)
    // Not actually an error in our case


// Get the device name
foreach (var udid in udids)
    iDeviceHandle deviceHandle;
    idevice.idevice_new(out deviceHandle, udid).ThrowOnError();

    LockdownClientHandle lockdownHandle;
    lockdown.lockdownd_client_new_with_handshake(deviceHandle, out lockdownHandle, "Quamotion").ThrowOnError();

    string deviceName;
    lockdown.lockdownd_get_device_name(lockdownHandle, out deviceName).ThrowOnError();


Binary distributions of libimobiledevice for Windows, macOS and Ubuntu Linux

We also provide binary distributions of libimobiledevice for Windows, macOS, and Ubuntu Linux.

For Windows and macOS, you can download a zip file with the libimobiledevice libraries and tools using the links below. For Ubuntu Linux, you can use our PPA (package archive) to install the latest libimobiledevice libraries and tools using apt-get.

Supported Platform Downloads CI
Windows (x86) AppVeyor
Windows (x64) AppVeyor
macOS (x64) Travis
Ubuntu (x64) Quamotion PPA Travis

VCPKG repositories

If you want to install libimobiledevice from source on Windows, you can also use vcpkg. Follow the instructions on the VCPKG repository to install VCPKG. You can then install the 32-bit or 64-bit version of libimobiledevice using the following commands:

vcpkg install --head libplist:x86-windows libusbmuxd:x86-windows libimobiledevice:x86-windows usbmuxd:x86-windows ideviceinstaller:x86-windows libideviceactivation:x86-windows"
vcpkg install --head libplist:x64-windows libusbmuxd:x64-windows libimobiledevice:x64-windows usbmuxd:x64-windows ideviceinstaller:x64-windows libideviceactivation:x64-windows"

Make sure to use --head so you get the latest version of libimobiledevice!

Consulting, Training and Support

This repository is maintained by Quamotion. Quamotion develops test software for iOS and Android applications, based on the WebDriver protocol.

Quamotion offers various technologies related to automating iOS devices using computers running Windows or Linux. This includes:

  • The ability to remotely control iOS devices
  • Extensions to libimobiledevice with support for the Instruments protocol
  • Running Xcode UI Tests and Facebook WebDriverAgent tests

In certain cases, Quamotion also offers professional services - such as consulting, training and support - related to imobiledivice-net and libimobiledevice.

Contact us at for more information.

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