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Update XBMC for iOS to pre-Eden (nightlies)

I recently purchased myself an iPad2 purely for the use of XBMC on the go, with the vast amount of media that I watch I just felt that this was the best solution and its a great remote for my main XBMC-Live machine at home.

So in the post I will be covering how we can update to the latest nightlies of pre-Eden for iOS on the iPad2, I’m sure these steps will be similar for the ATV2 as well, feel free to let me know if I am wrong.

Firstly you will need to have a Jailbroken device, I will not cover this, but there are many articles on how to do this via the Googles. Secondly we will need to setup the required repositories on the iOS device. This is simply done by openning Cydia and selecting the Sources tab at the bottom of the screen. Once on this screen press the Edit button in the top right of the screen and then press Add on the top left. This will allow us to add in the required repositories.

Type in the below repositories one by one:


When adding these repositories it will refresh the catalog for cydia after you add each repository so please be patient. When this has completed press the Done button on the top right of the screen.

You should now see something similar to the below once the repositories have been added:

Now press the Search button down the bottom of the screen this will then allow us to install the required packages for XBMC, we must install the Cydia version of XBMC before upgrading to the nightly build otherwise we will encounter issues. In the search box type in “xbmc” without quotes and you should see the below two items. Install both of these packages, then type in “wget” without quotes and install the package:

Once you have installed the packages you can now exit out of Cydia. Congratulations you now have XBMC installed on your iOS device. Now comes the slightly trickier steps of installing the latest nightly build.

Now on your computer open up your browser and head to http://mirrors.xbmc.org/nightlies/darwin/ios/ this will list the latest nightlies that are available. At the time of writing this the version was: xbmc-20111005-288f496-master-ios.deb so copy the URL for the package and fire up your SSH/Terminal Client, for this example I will use PuTTY.

You can obtain the IP address of your iOS device via the settings app.

Once you have connected to the iOS device via SSH you will need to login to the device, the defaults should be root/alpine unless previously changed:

login as: root
root@’s password:
Scottys-iPad:~ root#

Once we have logged in we can download the latest XBMC nightly package, type in the below and paste the URL copied from the previous step.

wget http://mirrors.xbmc.org/nightlies/darwin/ios/xbmc-20111005-288f496-master-ios.deb

This will download the XBMC package to your iOS device. It should be around 45M so please be patient. Once it has completed downloading enter the below command to install the nighlty build over the top of the Cydia version:

dpkg -i xbmc-20111005-288f496-master-ios.deb

Once this has completed you should be returned to the prompt, at this point we can delete the installation package to free up some room for more media, this is done wit the below command:

rm xbmc-20111005-288f496-master-ios.deb

Congratulations you have now updated to the latest nightly build of XBMC for iOS. You may now close the SSH client and start up XBMC on your iOS device.

I hope this has helped you to experience the latest features XBMC has to offer 🙂

If you are wondering what this skin is that I’m using it is called Touched and can be found here.

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