Apple TV 3 convert to headless computer?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by qubex, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. qubex macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2004
    045°042'21.99"N, 009°005'056.57"E

    I’m now a (somewhat) happy owner of the new Apple TV 4 (I wish it featured support for the bluetooth keyboard I used to use with its predecessor, and/or the Remote app, but probably support for those will arrive later).

    Anyways: I now have an unused Apple TV 3.

    Ages ago I jailbroke the Apple TV 2 and for a while used it as a little headless server roughly equivalent to an early RasperryPi. I was wondering whether there are any guides to jailbreaking the Apple TV 3 (with latest firmware) and tearing off as much of the “Apple Stuff” (including the Apple GUI and nonstandard filesystem layout) and basically repurposing it as a general-computing platform with a low-footprint windowing system.

    Ideally I’d be able to plug it into a monitor with HDMI and connect a keyboard and mouse over Bluetooth and use it as a pretty basic small little workstation with a POSIX-type OS.

    Thanks if anyone replies.
  2. MrTemple macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2013
    Canadian Pacific North Wilderness
    Nobody's jail broken the ATV3. Which is why ATV2s are worth more.

    Sell it while the selling's 'good' or keep it for nostalgia's sake.

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