How To Linux On Ipad

In the realm of operating systems, Linux has always stood out as a powerhouse. Its open-source nature, capability for customization, and robustness have made it a favourite among developers, programmers, and tech enthusiasts.

But did you know it’s possible to run Linux on an iPad? A match seemingly made in tech heaven, this combination brings together the flexibility and power of Linux with the intuitive user experience of the iPad. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of installing Linux on your iPad.


Before we begin, you’ll need a few things:

  • A jailbroken iPad
  • Access to a computer
  • A USB cable to connect your iPad to your computer

Step 1: Jailbreak Your iPad

To run a Linux terminal on your iPad, it must first be jailbroken. Jailbreaking allows you to access areas of your iPad that iOS normally restricts. However, do note that jailbreaking your device can void your warranty and potentially risk security. So proceed with caution and at your own risk.

Step 2: Install a Terminal Application

Once jailbroken, you can install a terminal application. One such popular app is MobileTerminal, available from the Cydia app store which you can access after jailbreaking.

Step 3: Install OpenSSH and APT Packages

OpenSSH and APT are essential for installing Linux. They’re available from Cydia under the ‘Networking’ category. Install both packages on your iPad.

Step 4: Connect Your iPad to Your Computer

Now, connect your iPad to your computer using a USB cable. Ensure your computer recognizes the device.

Step 5: Access the Terminal

Open the terminal on your computer. For Mac users, the terminal can be found in Applications > Utilities > Terminal. Windows users can use programs like PuTTY or Cygwin.

Step 6: SSH into Your iPad

In the terminal, type the following command to SSH into your iPad:

        ssh [email protected]

Replace “your.ipad.ip.address” with the actual IP address of your iPad, which you can find in Settings > Wi-Fi > Your Network > IP Address on your iPad. When prompted for a password, use the default password: alpine.

Step 7: Change the Default Password

For security purposes, it is recommended to change the default password. You can do this by typing:


You’ll be asked to enter and confirm a new password. Make sure to remember this password as you’ll need it for future SSH connections.

Step 8: Install Core Utilities

Now, let’s get to installing the core components of Linux. Enter the following command in the terminal:

        apt-get install coreutils

Step 9: Install Debian Package

Finally, install the Debian package by entering:

        apt-get install debianutils

And voila! You now have Linux running on your iPad. While not a full desktop OS, it is a fully functioning Linux terminal that can run a host of command-line applications.

This post should have given you a basic understanding of how to install Linux on an iPad. As a disclaimer, remember that jailbreaking your device and tinkering with its system can lead to unforeseen complications. Always proceed with caution and make sure you know what you’re doing.

Enjoy exploring the power of Linux on your iPad!