Absinthe Jailbreak for iPhone 4S & iPad 2 Released [Download Links]

Jan 20, 2012 - 62 Comments

Absinthe Jailbreak The hotly anticipated jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 is finally here, providing an untethered jailbreak for either A5-based device running iOS 5.0.1. Put together by the Chronic Dev Team who are known for making Greenpois0n, the utility is called Absinthe A5 and it is hot off the presses.

Backup your iPhone or iPad before using Absinthe! This is an early release jailbreak and could have some bugs to iron out still.

Download Absinthe A5

A Linux version will be released shortly and we’ll update when links are available.

Not sure what to do? Read our guide on how to jailbreak iPad 2 or iPhone 4S with Absinthe for iOS 5.0.1, it’s very easy.

Specific compatibility with Absinthe is as follows:

  • iPhone 4S: iOS 5.0 (9A334) and both builds of iOS 5.0.1 (9A405, 9A406)
  • iPad 2 Wi-Fi, GSM, CDMA: iOS 5.0.1

Again, this is for A5 CPU hardware only, other devices can jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 with Redsn0w.

The Dev Team warns iPhone 4S users who want a software unlock to stay on iOS 5.0 or build 9A405 of iOS 5.0.1. There is no expected release of an accompanying software unlock.


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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPad, iPhone, News


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  1. Keith says:

    I have an ipad2.i try to download some of these jailbreak software programs.i get this fine light blue streak go across the top of my safari browser.and then I get nothing else.can someone help me?thank you for yalls time

  2. Gabe says:

    when I try to jailbreak my iPad2 I get a message saying Sorry the attached device is not supported what do I do??

  3. Sagar says:

    Hey guys I have iPhone 4S running on version 5.0 As the instructions are above I’ll backup my device and run the Absinthe software. After it’s done, this where my confusion starts. After the above process is done should I open the icon on my phone 1st or should I restart it. Should the iPhone be connected to the wifi during the process or after it’s done. If something goes wrong as you I’ll restore using iTunes but while doing it so doesn’t the iTunes automatically update the software of iPhone to the latest version? Please guys help me through this. I am really confused

  4. Allright Now says:

    First time I ran this on my iPad2 Absinthe froze (no, really, it did. I wasn’t being impatient), then when I tried again I got into an endless loop where Absinthe said ‘it looks like you tried and failed, let us repair things for you’ (or words to that effect) but it just kept repeating that every time I plugged in the iPad. So I booted iTunes and did a restore from the backup I had made. Then I tried Absinthe again… worked like a dream! Now I’m back into Clydea, have re-installed Installous etc… all fine. So if you have problems it’s definitely worth persevering.
    Thanks to all the ace hackers for this superb (and FREE) jailbreak.

  5. dipen patel says:

    can i use the same prosedure to jailbreak my iphone 3gs with the 5.0.1 softare?

  6. dipen patel says:

    never mind i got it

  7. dipen patel says:

    after restoring my device the jailbreak says program stopped working why is that

  8. Tet says:

    does this work with iphone 4 and 4s? or just the 4s?

  9. Magic says:

    Iphone worked like a charm. Ipad 2 is having some problems. It says “ABSINTHE is now setting things up,….” But it doesn’t finish. I tried resetting the settings as discussed above. We’ll see what happens.

    • Lino says:

      had same problemm with iphone 4s. just run ABSINTHE again without restoring and iphone restarted and cydia found. good luck

  10. your mama says:

    it freaking works there is no problem with this jail break it works just as they say i use windows 7 also created a folder on desk top before running it back up to itunes, plug in my ipad 2 press jail break also made sure there was no lock turn it off absinthe icon appear tap on it it rebooted and it was jailbroken with no problems what so ever also before running the jailbreak app when you open it make sure you make it adminitrator good luck but it works and might god it is free i say free

  11. nixster says:

    im running osx 10.5.8 , and i can tell you this absinthe thing is not opening on my computer!!
    i get a message when i click to open absinthe reading :

    < you cant open the application "absinthe" beacause it is not supported on this architecture…

    this jailbreak is not ready yet, so everyone needs to stop wacking off to this jailbreak beacuse its not ready yet!!!

    and iv tried on a windows pc and the window opens, but when i click the jail break button which doesnt even light up …. i get jack piddle!!!

    so theres no propper jailbreak yet for ipad2… sorry to be the bearer of bad news!!!


  12. Lars says:

    if people had done as explained
    would it work for everyone.

    this is the way…

    like Cris was writing

    Absinthe quit unexpectedly solution!! At least for me.
    Backup iPad. When done, go to settings (in the iPad) hit general -> Reset -> Erase all content and settings. When done, activate iPad and run Absinthe and ur good to go. Jailbreak took less than 5 min. Once Jailbroken go to iTunes, right click on iPad and hit “restore from Backup”. Hope this helps.

  13. Cris says:

    Absinthe quit unexpectedly solution!! At least for me.
    Backup iPad. When done, go to settings (in the iPad) hit general -> Reset -> Erase all content and settings. When done, activate iPad and run Absinthe and ur good to go. Jailbreak took less than 5 min. Once Jailbroken go to iTunes, right click on iPad and hit “restore from Backup”. Hope this helps.

  14. somebody says:

    jailbroke my iphone and it worked in less then 3 mins…but now my ipad is taking forever

  15. rez1 says:

    cant install any non market app??? same prob anywhere????

  16. JeepinLimited says:

    I jailbroke my phone without issues yesterday, until this morning when I shut it off, and tried to reboot it. Now it stays at the Apple boot screen. Anyone run into this issue? I didn’t tether jailbreak prior to running absinthe, it was a factory phone.

  17. Adam says:

    Just saw a tweet saying that the windows version will be available shortly let’s hope so

  18. Nobody says:

    Not sure why some are having problems. I jailbroke 22 iPhone 4S, and 11 iPad 2’s yesterday. About half on an i5 mini, and the rest on an i5 Macbook Pro

  19. In a huff says:

    The wait isn’t over we are all still waiting for windows versions :/

  20. somebody says:

    will my ipad crash if i try the mac version on windows

  21. somebody says:

    still waiting for windows

  22. Noel says:

    Hi all,

    Just want to ask, why does absinthe connect to greenpois0n database server? Thanks.

  23. Bob says:

    So I’m having trouble using the mac program on my computer…probably because I have windows like most of American…

  24. somebody says:

    still no sign for windows

  25. Adam says:

    Any idea when this will be available for windows?

  26. kandi222 says:

    remove all passcodes from iPhone/iPad then rerun the jailbreak using ur comp. then turn the vpn on, it will restart automatically and cydia will appear!

  27. Mitch says:

    Kinda waiting for the Windows release to come out…

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  29. KeNgoaiDao says:

    Wow… Happy Luner New Year!

  30. Kevin says:

    anyone elses absinthe crashing before it even opens? any ideas why?

  31. doodoogaga says:

    thank you for the mirror! greenp0ison site super overloaded

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  33. Dustin says:


  34. Adrian says:

    Higher risk of fail as last jailbreaks? Jailbreaking never broke one of my devices but I’m afraid this one could, I mean, if my 4S got broken it would be worse than on my old iPod Touch.

  35. nate says:

    Wow you guys are the first i’ve seen to report this jailbreak

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