I recently jailbroke iOS 7.0.4 and followed my normal procedure of installing OpenSSH and installing Prompt so I could ssh to localhost. (127.0.0.1)
Surprisingly, it didn't work. iSSH didn't work either. Reboot didn't help.
It took me a little while to find the solution so here's a quick write up to make it easier for others. These steps should get you up and running with local SSH using Panic's Prompt client. If you prefer iSSH, it should work similarly.
[edit: See the comments for a fix that doesn't require modifying the ssh client at all. I haven't tested it, but it appears the restriction is on connecting to localhost on ports less than 1024. Thanks miniMe!]
[edit 2: Just wanted to note that this guide may still be helpful for the general process of un-sandboxing an app, or if you don't want to change your ssh port for some reason.]
- Install OpenSSH via Cydia
- Get on the same wifi network as your Mac
- Grab your IP address from Settings -> Wifi -> (i) icon
Terminal on your mac and
- Default password is
passwd to change if you haven't yet
passwd mobile to set a login password for the
mobile username if you haven't yet
ls ./*/*/Prompt. This will give you something like
mv ./3EE7B167-AF7B-497B-9C8E-EAC96F4AF0D9/Prompt.app /Applications/ (Use your own path, instead of
- Go to the home screen of the device and delete the icon for Prompt
- Reboot by holding home and sleep/wake until you see the Apple icon
ssh back into the device using
ssh mobile@<your-ip-here>. (Use the password you created in step 6.)
- Go back to the home screen and launch Prompt
- Enter the ip as
mobile as per your preference. I use
root so I don't have to
- Connect and enjoy a high quality user experience ssh'ing to localhost
Hope this helps someone resolve this issue quicker than I was able to do so. If anyone has suggestions on a better way to do this, I'd love to hear them.
As a side note, I used to use iSSH all the time, but once I tried Prompt I haven't gone back. It has the occasional wart but I like how it generally gets out of the way so I can focus on what I'm trying to do.
Manhattan mobile software engineer.