1 year, 7 months ago

For years, the reason for many to jailbreak their iDevices has been the ability to install app store applications without legitimately paying for the right to run that app on their device. Hackulous, the creator of installulous, which is by far the most common and most popular method of doing so has finally shut it’s virtual doors.

In an unannounced move, the creators posted on their website the following message:

Goodnight, sweet prince.

We are very sad to announce that Hackulous is shutting down. After many years, our community has become stagnant and our forums are a bit of a ghost town. It has become difficult to keep them online and well-moderated, despite the devotion of our staff. We’re incredibly thankful for the support we’ve had over the years and hope that new, greater communities blossom out of our absence.

With lots of love,
Hackulous Team

This is a huge deal for the jailbreaking community, as it has constantly been given a bad reputation from sites like these. Jailbreakers everywhere should be relieved that it is very unlikely for iDevice hacking to become illegal now due to the largest app cracking service has closed it’s doors. Of course, there will still be sites and apps that allow this kind of thing to happen – but Installulous hosted almost every app available to the app store.

One thing is for sure, this is good news.



  • Hitokiri84

    There are already computer applications that helps install paid apps to your iOS for free without jailbreaking…… The reason for jailbreak is not for free apps but to fully utilize the devise…. Programs like iFile!

  • http://www.facebook.com/esmailb Esmail Beguwala

    is there a way to transfer purchases to itunes with vShare like we used to have with installous?

  • http://www.facebook.com/GlitterBaby1010 Cassie Alise Cameron

    Sad news!
    Giveaway entry

  • Nene

    Use v share Much better

  • E H

    Oh well don’t use it. iPad giveaway

  • Maesek

    Some times, some times we need this kind of “piracy” in order to get access to apps that are not available in app store due to stupid country restrictions, So yeah this is a sad news… And you can say that it’s for the fun of customize the iDevice, but it’s really for the access to free stuff.

  • Yo momma

    Are you kidding me.

  • Rob

    I used Installous only to install ipa files on my iphone i had bought via itunes (but could not sync with it…)

  • myduro

    i think that apple stop jailbreaker and other want jailbreaker to test out the new app

    have u guy notice that apple add more tweet from cydia store every ios it release