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PwnageTool is a iPhone jailbreak tool for Mac OS X that jailbreaks by creating a custom IPSW. You are allowed to change boot logos and add pre-installed packages to the IPSW. After an IPSW is created you can use it to restore to in iTunes.

Exploits Used

Version 2.0

Version 1.0

Models Supported

Model Since
iPhone 2G April 3, 2008
iPod touch 1G April 3, 2008
iPhone 3G Jul 19, 2008
iPod touch 2G Oct 2, 2009
iPhone 3GS Oct 2, 2009

Note that the iPod touch 3G is not supported. With the iPod touch 2G and iPhone 3GS you need to be already jailbroken. The [S5L8900] devices you can go into DFU mode and restore with iTunes without being jailbroken.


PwnageTool was released April 3, 2008 but largely unused until version 2.0 was released July 19, 2008. The following versions that are shown here are not beta, alpha, or in development.

1.x: First release of PwnageTool

Version Release date Features


April 3, 2008
  • Initial release
  • Jailbreaks 1.1.4 firmware
  • Supports iPod touch 1G and iPhone 2G.
  • Add BootNeuter in the IPSW to unlock iPhone 2G.

2.x: Second major release of Pwnagetool

Version Release date Features


Jul 19, 2008
  • Added support of iPhone 3G [1]
  • Jailbreaks 2.0 Firmware
  • Change boot logos
  • Adds Cydia by default


Aug 4, 2008
  • Jailbreaks 2.0.1 Firmware
  • Works for 2.0 and 2.0.1.


Aug 21, 2008
  • Jailbreaks 2.0.2, Firmware [2]
  • Works for 2.0, 2.0.1, and 2.0.2.
  • Bug fixes - for when it doesn't go to the next page when you click on something.


Aug 25, 2008
  • Jailbreaks 2.0.2, Firmware
  • Works for 2.0, 2.0.1, and 2.0.2.


Sep 13, 2008
  • Jailbreaks 2.1 firmware
  • Removed backwards compatibility
  • Download packages from a Valid cydia source, and add them onto your custom ipsw


Nov 21, 2008
  • Jailbreaks 2.2 firmware


Jan 30, 2009
  • Jailbreaks 2.2.1
  • Not updated by iPhone dev team but made official

3.x: Third Major Release of PwnageTool

Version Release date Features


Jun 19, 2009
  • Jailbreaks 3.0 firmware
  • DFU mode instructions included


Sep 15, 2009
  • Jailbreaks 3.1 firmware for iPhone 2G and 3G
  • Jailbreaks 3.1.1 firmware for iPod touch 1G


Oct 2, 2009
  • Support for iPhone 3GS with iBoot-359.3 bootrom and iPod touch 2G with iBoot-240.4 bootrom (these devices need to be pwned from 3.0/3.0.1)


Oct 13, 2009
  • Jailbreaks 3.1.2 firmware for iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS with iBoot-359.3 bootrom, iPod touch 1G, iPod touch 2G with iBoot-240.4 bootrom
  • iPod touch 3G not supported.


Feb 7, 2010
  • Jailbreaks 3.1.3 for devices supported in 3.1.4.

4.x: Fourth Major Release of PwnageTool

Version Release date Features


Jun 22, 2010
  • Jailbreaks 4.0 firmware


Jun 23, 2010
  • Fixes iBooks issue in 4.0

Creating the Firmware

PwnageTool takes the IPSW file and patches it, creating a custom version. This enables a lot more features such as pre-installed packages, boot neuter (unlock for iPhone 2nd Generation), custom packages and boot logos. This method is usually less secure than the quick exploits such (redsn0w, quickpwn, purplera1n, blackra1n, etc.).


This method does have negative aspects. The most common errors are the 1600 errors, a group of errors saying that the either the firmware file is corrupt or you didn't put it in the right mode (recovery, DFU Mode). Sometimes the problems could just be a computer problem such as the memory is full or the USB port is broken. The most common computer error is a 1604 error which means that the firmware file is corrupt.


Although PwnageTool is only for Mac OS X, as of October 2009, the iH8sn0w Team has announced that they're going to make a project that will bring Pwnage Tool to Windows. This project is named sn0wbreeze, and has been released.[3]


PwnageTool is freeware.