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The libirecovery library allows communication with iBoot/iBSS of iOS devices via USB.


libirecovery is a cross-platform library which implements communication to iBoot/iBSS found on Apple's iOS devices via USB. A command-line utility named irecovery is also provided.

This is a fork of an older version from former and is meant to be used with idevicerestore from the libimobiledevice project.

Installation / Getting started

Debian / Ubuntu Linux

First install all required dependencies and build tools:

sudo apt-get install \
	build-essential \
	pkg-config \	
	checkinstall \
	git \
	autoconf \
	automake \
	libtool-bin \
	libreadline-dev \

Then clone the actual project repository:

git clone
cd libirecovery

Now you can build and install it:

sudo make install


First of all attach your device to your machine. Make sure your device is not in normal mode. You can use the ideviceenterrecovery application from libimobiledevice to let your device boot into recovery mode if you need it.

Then simply run:

irecovery --shell

This connects to your device and opens a simple shell to interact with the device.

For instance to make your device boot into normal mode again use:

setenv auto-boot true

Please consult the usage information or manual page for a full documentation of available command line options:

irecovery --help
man irecovery


We welcome contributions from anyone and are grateful for every pull request!

If you'd like to contribute, please fork the master branch, change, commit and send a pull request for review. Once approved it can be merged into the main code base.

If you plan to contribute larger changes or a major refactoring, please create a ticket first to discuss the idea upfront to ensure less effort for everyone.

Please make sure your contribution adheres to:

  • Try to follow the code style of the project
  • Commit messages should describe the change well without being too short
  • Try to split larger changes into individual commits of a common domain
  • Use your real name and a valid email address for your commits

We are still working on the guidelines so bear with us!



This project is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License v2.1, also included in the repository in the COPYING file.


Apple, iPhone, iPad, iPod, iPod Touch, Apple TV, Apple Watch, Mac, iOS, iPadOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS are trademarks of Apple Inc.

This project is an independent software library and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc.

README Updated on: 2022-04-04