App Names

Discussion in 'iPod touch Hacks' started by matthewroth, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. matthewroth macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2006
    is it possible to change the names of apps. if so... HOW

    i am wanting to change Installer to App Store and a few games need there names changing (COUGH TETRIS COUGH)

    i have tried a few things but it breaks the app... :(
  2. jbarr macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2008
    Generally speaking, you can just rename the directory that contains the application, BUT...this WILL NOT always work! In fact, after playing around with this, I found that will not work unless it is named This is also true for several other applications. Likely, this is because the internal configuration and workings of the application are expecting files to be in specific directories, so renaming will break it. Some applications will still work when their directory is renamed, but some will not.

    Also, don't forget that should you ever decide to upgrade the application, if the original directory is renamed, the upgrade will likely break.

    So, the only complete solution would be to have renaming incorporated into SpringBoard/SummerBoard. I don't know if Apple or the SummerBoard develoeprs will ever incorporate that.

    For those instances where renaming does work, while I cannot speak to the Mac platform, on Windows, you can generally change an application's displayed name by doing the following:
    • Fire up any of a number of file transfer applications like WinSCP or FileZilla
    • Connect using port 22
    • Navigate to the Applications Directory
    • Rename the directory
    • Restart Springboard

    In any case, an application like WinSCP can be invaluable. Learn how to use it!
  3. matthewroth thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2006

    thanks also for the instructions but i dont use windows machines at home... they offend me :p
  4. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    You can substitute your favorite non-offensive operating system and ftp application if you would like. (;
  5. matthewroth thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2006
    Leopard and cyberduck... the technological zoo of FTP goodness

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