Patch iOS Apps, The Easy Way, Without Jailbreak.
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IPAPatch provide a simple way to patch iOS Apps, without needing to jailbreak.

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Features

IPAPatch includes an template Xcode project, that provides following features:

  • Build & Run third-party ipa with your code injected

    You can run your own code inside ipa file as a dynamic library. So you can change behavior of that app by utilizing Objective-C runtime.

    Presented an custom alert in Youtube app

    Youtube Hacked

  • Step-by-step Debugging with lldb

    You can debug third-party apps like your own. For example:

    • Step-by-Step debug your code inside other app
    • Set Breakpoints
    • Print objects in Xcode console with lldb

    Debugging Youtube with Xcode

    Youtube Debugging

  • Link external frameworks

    By linking existing frameworks, you can integrate third-party services to apps very easily, such as Reveal.

    Inspect Youtube by linking RevealServer.framework

    Youtube Integrated Reveal

Instructions

  1. Clone or Download This Project

    Download this project to your local disk

  2. Prepare Decrypted IPA File

    The IPA file you use need to be decrypted, you can get a decrypted ipa from a jailbroken device or download it directly from an ipa download site, such as http://www.iphonecake.com

  3. Replace Placeholder IPA

    Replace the IPA file located at IPAPatch/Assets/app.ipa with yours, this is a placeholder file. The filename should remain app.ipa after replacing.

  4. Place External Frameworks (Optional)

    External frameworks can be placed at IPAPatch/Assets/Frameworks folder. Frameworks will be linked automatically.

    For example IPAPatch/Assets/Frameworks/RevealServer.framework

  5. Configure Build Settings

    • Open IPAPatch.xcodeproj
    • In the Project Editor, Select Target IPAPatch-DummyApp
    • Display Name defaults to "💊", this is used as prefix of the final display name.
    • Change Bundle Identifier to match your provisioning profiles
    • Fix signing issues if any.
  6. Code Your Patch

    The entry is at +[IPAPatchEntry load], you can write code start from here. To change apps' behavior, You may need to use some method swizzling library, such as steipete/Aspects.

  7. Build and Run

    Select a real device, and hit the "Run" button at the top-left corner of Xcode. The code your wrote and external frameworks you placed will inject to the ipa file automatically.

Example

I created some demo project, which shows you how to use IPAPatch:

FAQ

  • Q: Library not loaded with reason: mach-o, but wrong architecture ?

    • A: Try set IPAPatch target's Valid Architectures to match your ipa binary's architecture.
  • Q: process launch failed: Unspecified (Disabled) ?

    • A: The ipa file use with IPAPatch must be decrypted, See step.2 of Instructions.

License

IPAPatch

   IPAPatch is licensed under the MIT license.

Copyright (c) 2017-present Wu Tian <wutian@me.com>.
  
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OPTOOL

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DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR
SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER
CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY,
OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE
OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.