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A simple utility to handle the activation process for iPhones
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ideviceactivate is a small utility to activate iDevices from the comfort of your GNU/Linux box.

Users not comfortable with using a shell should wait for iDeviceActivator, which provides an easier way to do all this.


Almost all of the code, with the major exception of the caching code, was written by p0sixninja.
The caching code and the documentation was written by boxingsquirrel.


Fetch your dependencies. Because these vary from distro to distro, I won't list specific packages here, that said you need developement packages for: libimobiledevice, libplist, usbmuxd, libgthread2, librt, gnutls, libtasn1, libxml2, libglib2, and libcurl.

	git clone git://
	cd ideviceactivate
	sudo make install


For straight-up activation with nothing fancy: ideviceactivate
For the same, but deactivating: ideviceactivate -x

Now, to run with the caching stuff:

	Create the cache and activate the device:
	ideviceactivate -c <cache directory>

	Use an already created cache to activate the device:
	ideviceactivate -r <cache directory>

	The -u flag can be used to target a device by its UUID.
	If you have an activation record lying around, you can specify it along with the -f flag.

	The IMEI, IMSI, ICCID, and SerialNumber can be specified on the command line with the -e, -s, -i, and -n flags respectively.
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