Absinthe Jailbreak Updated to 0.4 with Bug Fixes & PPC Mac Support

Feb 1, 2012 - 52 Comments

Absinthe Greenpoison Jailbreak Tool for iOS 5.0.1 The Absinthe Greenpoison jailbreak utility for A5 based iOS hardware has been updated to version 0.4, fixing several bugs and adding support for PPC Mac users and those running Mac OS X 10.5 on either Intel or PPC platforms.

This version is aimed at new users, and if you already have the jailbreak installed on the iPad 2 or iPhone 4S there is no reason to re-do it with this version. However, a new version of the Corona tool was released as “corona 1.0-8” and can be found on Cydia to resolve some of the the bugs that have persisted for some iOS 5 jailbreakers. Older Mac users should be pleased the new Abinsthe version supports them, and instructions to jailbreak the iPhone 4S or iPad 2 with iOS 5.0.1 remain the same regardless of device or host operating system.

The official changelog for 0.4 is short:

– Mac: added support for OSX 10.5, PPC and Intel CPU
– added consistency check on startup to make sure required files are in place
– Windows: fixed bug in payload generator that might cause a crash

Download Absinthe 0.4

Again, this is for iPhone 4S with iOS 5.0 or iOS 5.0.1, or iPad 2 with iOS 5.0.1. Other hardware requires the redsn0w jailbreak for iOS 5.0.1. All 5.0.1 jailbreaks are untethered at this point.


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Posted by: Matt Chan in iPad, iPhone


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  1. rio says:

    1- “URL can’t be shown” error . when i press on jailbreak .
    2-“a configuration error occurred.” when i want to turn VPN on it says that .

    do u have any idea how to solve these problems ??! :(

    note : my phone is 4s ios 5.0.1

    help me please

  2. advgmni says:

    Exchange forces a passcode lock. Removing my Exchange account and turning the passcode lock off resolved my issue. Thanks you everyone for their posts!!

  3. palmer says:

    Hello everybody, who have problem with launching absinthe before last reboot – when you see absinthe doen’t create VPN tunnel and not connecting to some site for completing jailbreak and write message about tapping button jealbreak whichj open VPN setting… for me help only one thing – i downloaded last absinthe-win-0.4 and did jealbreak again – everything worked…

  4. Bond Kay says:

    When i start absinthe with iPhone 4s it is telling me to disable password in iTunes, how can I do this? Thanks!!!

  5. Wurked for me says:

    After about third try. I combined several of the above suggestions and this is what finally worked. Deleted absinthe icon. Did a full reset on network. Entered wifi passcode back in. I have Win7 64bit, set program to run in compatability mode of XP sp2. Then ran absinthe as Admin. Seemed to take a tad longer than previous attempts, but when program told me to click icon it went without a hitch this time. Cydia is alive and well, along with cydia.hackulo.us repository! :) good luck and thanks!

    • JT says:

      @wurked for me
      This worked for me too!!! Thanks for posting this! Was getting extremely frustrated! Only thing noticed so far is the Notes, and Game Center icons are whited out…

  6. Wilfrankins says:

    Worked perfect for my ipad2
    The only issue I have is that links in email dont work

  7. GeorgeBaskharon says:

    how to update from 0.3 to 0.4 .. everytime i do it, it says that my ipad is already jailbroken..

  8. Aropulsar says:

    One shot successful jailbreak>>>

    1.first of all just restore from backup by pressing shift key pressed and click restore (points to a file location. You should have the new ios 5.0.1 ipsw file)
    2.set as new device
    3.jailbreak by clicking absinthe.exe
    4.click on absinthe app
    5.it will restart ipad
    6.you will have cydia icon replaced by absinthe
    7. you can restore from your backup
    its done


  9. ilia says:

    iphone 4s
    Mac Lion
    Macbook Intel


    Had all the same issues and error messages after first the cycle. turned off my passcode, and started a second cycle. The only difference between the first cycle and second is that after I tapped on Absinthe the second time with some extra patience, my iPhone started rebooting and it seemed like is was getting ready to complete a third cycle but instead the Cydia store showed up in place of the Absinthe App!
    Good luck.

  10. Remo says:

    I spent the last 2 hours reading many posts…
    Had same error:
    Cannot Open Absinthe
    Absinthe could not be opened
    the error was:” The URL can’t be Shown

    Tried a few times with the VPN connect. Tried to launch absinthe.exe and repair and reinstall 2 times. nothing worked. I had another VPN connection I use for work so I thought maybe the issue was with that, deleted no luck.
    Worked for me:
    1) I removed absinthe from the iphone hold down app and remove.
    2) Ran the repair by launching Absinthe.exe again from my pc
    3) Go to general>reset>reset network setting
    4)After iphone restarts configure your wifi again
    5)Run absinthe.exe again
    6)After iphone reloads I reran Absinthe.exe and after a few seconds my iphone rebooted and I had Cydia.

    Hope it works for you. I hate when its only supposed to take 2 minutes and it takes 2+ hours. Best of luck

  11. Johnboy says:

    Hope this helps:
    Things you need to do to have this work.
    Update your itunes to the latest version available.
    Don’t have a password enabled on your device.
    Run absinth in compatability mode, win xp service pack 2 works for most.
    Right click and run Absinth as administrator, even if you are logged into your comp as admin.
    Regards johnboy

    • BrianMac21 says:

      That worked perfect for me on an iPhone 4S running iOS 5.0.0…thanks JohnBoy! :-)

    • platinums99 says:

      Thanks JB!! Heres how i got it working
      After 3 attempts or resetting the network setting, i decided to “Erase all content and settings”
      then setup the phone adding a Wifi password
      Itunes is Updated to the latest version available.
      I Don’t have a password enabled on your device.
      Run absinth.exe in compatability mode: win xp service pack 2, also set to run Absinth as administrator in the Compatibility properties panel
      Then because I am using Wifi not cellular data, I disabled teh Router Firewall on the Wifi I am connected to.
      This Worked for me.

  12. Edwin says:

    Saludos a tod@s!!

    Tengo que contribuir a este gran error que esta pasando al instalar el Jailbreak y dejar el mismo en Español para que personas hispanas sepan. Al igual que todos los usuarios aquí presentes tuve el mismo problema, el cual fue, que al culminar el proceso de Jailbreak y la PC/MAC decir “Almost Done” ibas a tu iPhone (en mi caso iPhone 4S) y te decía que ocurrió un error y te daba la opción de Jailbreak, al oprimir ese icono te salio otro error con dos opciones “Retry & Cancel”

    Bueno resolví este problema bien sencillo como informó SHADEN:

    1. Quitar la seguridad del celular del “Passcode” que solicita el iPhone para entrar a la pantalla principal
    2. Desconectar y Conectar nuevamente el iPhone
    3. Oprimir “Jailbreak” en la PC, esta te informará que hizo el “Fix”
    4. Desconectar y Conectar nuevamente el iPhone
    5. Oprimir “Jailbreak”
    6. Luego de culminar el proceso completo, oprimes el icono de “Absinthe” en tu celular
    7. Te saldrá una información la cual te informará que esta culminando el proceso
    8. El iPhone dará reboot y FELICIDADES ya tienes CYDIA!!!

    Espero esto les haya ayudado!!!

  13. Shahen says:

    I was having the same problem! But I just turned off my password on my phone, and tried the jailbreak process again. It tried to “fix” the problem. Then I just ran the Absinthe icon thru my phone. It rebooted itself and the cydia icon appeared. Hope this helps!

    • Edwin says:


      Muchas gracias por tu aportación, hice paso a paso lo que escribiste y solucioné mi problema. Deje un comentario con las instrucciones en Español para el beneficio de otras personas de habla Hispana!! Gracias




      Thank you very much for your Comment, I did step by step what you wrote and I solved my problem. I left a comment with this instructions in Spanish for the benefit of other Spanish-speaking people! Thanks!!

  14. Mohammed says:

    This can happen if you’ve used Update instead of Restore in iTunes or the incremental update feature introduced with iOS5. Make sure you have the latest iTunes. Download the 5.0.1 firmware for your device/model. Right-click your device name in the left frame of iTunes and select Backup. Manually restore the ipsw you downloaded (Hold down Shift and click Restore). When restore is finished, select Setup as New Device. Jailbreak with Absinthe, should work fine after that. Then right-click device in iTunes and Restore from Backup. If it doesn’t work I’ll eat my hat. ;)

  15. suliman says:

    i had the same problems :-

    1- “URL can’t be shown” error . when i press on jailbreak .
    2-“a configuration error occurred.” when i want to turn VPN on it says that .

    do u have any idea how to solve these problems ??! :(

    note : my phone is 4s ios 5.0.1 > and i just purchase it yesterday

    help me please

  16. Nathan says:

    it keeps saying “a configuration error occurred.”

  17. Nathan says:

    Another problem is that sometimes I can connect to the “jailbreak” vpn and sometimes I can’t. I have no idea why…

  18. Nathan says:

    I am having the same issues. I can even get the VPN connected sometimes and still nothing happens but this “URL can’t be shown” error. Any other fixes?

    I have another issue that might be affecting it. I have pre-existing VPN connections. I can only delete some of the configs and the rest stay.

    Any ideas how to remove all the vpn connections?

    I tried resetting all settings and resetting all network settings. No dice – the vpn stuff is still there.

    I did a web search. Someone said go to general->settings-> profiles and find the configuration file that loaded the profile. I did use a configuration file so this seems logical but there is no area called “profiles” under general -> settings.

    Any help is appreciated.

  19. Mannav says:

    guyss am still getting the url thing …. n suggestions ?

  20. KJ says:

    By the way, there was no negative result to this not-quite-jailbreaking (besides the wasted couple hours). IPad worked fine w/o me doing anything. I simply deleted the Absinthe app, was prompted for my iTunes password…and my photo stream was empty but refreshed itself after a few minutes. No issues.

  21. Rafael says:

    I had the “The URL can’t be shown” error. Try jailbreaking again and allowing it to “fix” the jailbreak. then go to settings, general, and turn VPN on, no need to configure anything, close the popup box. Then try jailbreaking again, after you tap the Absinthe icon I got the error again but after a few seconds my ipad rebooted on its own, after reboot….CYDIA!!

    • Rene says:

      Rafael is right! I had the same issue with the URL can’t be shown. I tried again and it attempted to fix the jailbreak. Anyhow, I let that finish and I unplugged and plugged back in the usb and did the whole process to jailbreak again. After that, the Absinthe icon became the CYDIA icon!!! WOOHOO!!

      • Rene says:

        Oops, forgot to mention that on the second time, I noticed had the message “sending payload data”. And after i ran absinthe, i waited a few seconds like Rafael said and it rebooted with the CYDIA. I think the main fix here was turning on the VPN thing and doing it all over again.

    • KJ says:

      This didn’t work for me, unfortunately. After I had fun with the endless loop of waiting for absinthe to complete, turning on VPN, and clicking Retry on the silly error message..and turning off my passcode. I re-jailbreaked (fix..disconnect/connect, rejailbreak..) I am in the same awesome endless loop of error meesage.

      By the way, my VPN never really “turns on” – I turn it on, it tries to connect, then gives me a VPN Connection: a configuration error occurred..and turns itself off.

      Any help would be appreciated. I’m really surprised at the lack of info available (not just here, but googling the error) on the fix. THanks

  22. Gix says:

    If you don’t want to loose your data by restoring. Just reset all settings by going to settings/general/reset/reset all settings. Rejailbreak and you are done

  23. Joe Schmuckitelli says:

    iPad 2 – 5.0.1
    Win 7

    The initial reboot never happens, so I manually reboot (power+home). After the reboot, the Absinthe icon is there.

    When I click it, it takes me to the website, where I wait. Eventually, I get the “Didn’t work?” When I click on the green “Jailbreak” button, I get the error “The URL can’t be shown.”

    If I manually go to settings and turn on the VPN, I get the “VPN configuration failed” error. If I manually restart again, nothing happens.

    My first attempt was from a MacBook Pro. It did the initial reboot, but it would not go to the site from the Absinthe icon after the reboot.

    Looking forward to any encouraging words.

  24. Maks says:

    I have the same error in Absinthe,when it start working they suggest to tap “Jailbreak” for turning on it in VPN and always the error : “The URL can’t be shown”
    Firstly,every time when i tried to put on VPN i’ve got the error “VPN configuration failed”
    Secondly,if it’s normal and something else go wrong,please explain or fix it.Wanna jailbreak it from first Absinthe version.

  25. Eric says:

    Can you use this without having to upgrade to 5.0.1 first?

    I am on 5.0.

  26. lon says:

    Absinthe 0.4
    im getting error message
    Cannot Open Absinthe
    Absinthe could not be opened
    the error was:” The URL can’t be Shown”.
    so how to solve this

    • Jay says:

      Are you getting this on the links above as these seem to work for me…

    • cm says:

      I’m having the same problem. Looks like its probably a server issue.

    • cm says:

      I’m getting the same error. If you have a passcode set it will fail. I’m not sure if disabling it will fix it. I’m trying that now.

      • KJ says:

        Well, did anyone have any luck? I am stuck with the same errors. I keep enabling VPN & going back to Absinthe and..it either hangs “waiting for absinthe to complete” and/or gives me the Cannot Open Absinthe/URL can’t be shown error. My passcode was on when I started getting the errors. I’ve since turned it off, to no result. Can anyone post what it was that got them through this?

        Absinthe 0.4, ipad2 5.0.1..

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