How do you add summerboard downloads

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Dakotafan, Dec 10, 2007.

  1. Dakotafan macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2007
    Hello - newbie do you get summerboard themes you download via zip files onto your installer?
  2. VenomousSVT macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
  3. Dakotafan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2007
    I added the source to community resources, but I guess it's not in there
  4. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Seriously, did you even search or read past threads?

    sFTP or Terminal SSH them on your phone.

    There are plenty of past threads and Wikis on the matter.
  5. Dakotafan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2007
    ever think people might not know what sFTP or Terminal SSH are?

    I searched, but when you don't know what to search for you start a thread..
  6. VenomousSVT macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    Charlotte, NC

    people are so quick to jump on you for not being a complete expert on the subject
  7. brando88 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2007
    I agree, this site is littered with posts with titles like "transferring data to iphone" and "Help with Summerboard".

    Don't play dumb and then just hope that others will help you, and then try to defend yourself with no argument.

    He wasn't jumping on you for not being an expert, but for rather not doing ANYTHING to find out for yourself.

    AFP with Bonjour

    All ways explained on this site. You're smart.
  8. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Well sFTP and SSH are the methods to get ZIPed themes on your phone. Those terms would good search terms for you to begin with. A better idea is just to start 10 pages back and read all the threads. You might want to pay attention to the ones that mention Summerboard. Lots of good info if you just read.
  9. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Here is the nutshell answer.

    Themes that are on Installer rely on Summerboard to use them. Install SMB, restart the phone, and then install the themes. If you dont see the themes you have to add the proper Community Source.

    Themes that you download as a zip file have to be put on your phone in the same location and structure as ones downloaded via Installer. You do this with sFTP or SSH.

    That should give you a starting point to look for the info.
  10. Dakotafan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2007
    I guess you missed my post...
  11. Dakotafan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2007
    Thanks - the first part I knew but it was the others I wasn' sure about.
  12. dmetzcher macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2005
    SSH Using Cyberduck is Easiest Method...

    I realize that the last time someone posted to this thread was 12-11-2007, 08:29 AM. I'm posting the information below for firmware 1.1.4 anyway, even if this has been outlined elsewhere. Spare me the flames of "this thread is old!"...if this helps someone, great. If not, it's only going to take up a few minutes of my time and a few bytes of storage on the server. :)

    I took the following information on setting up SSH from:
    I modified it slightly so that it doesn't have you changing your root password (causes looping Springboard crash in iPhone firmware 1.1.3 and 1.1.4, so DO NOT change the root password!). Obviously, before you begin, you have to jailbreak your iPhone. Read this all the way through so BEFORE you start performing the steps, taking note especially of the "notes" at the bottom of the post.

    It will prompt you to continue. Type in yes and press return (Mac OS X).

    Depending on your firmware, the password might be "dottie", but it is "alpine" for 1.1.3 and 1.1.4.

    You are now looking at the directories on your iPhone. Using Terminal is fine if you prefer it, but I like Cyberduck since it makes things faster. Cyberduck is an FTP client, and it supports SFTP.

    Configure Cyberduck:
    Open Cyberduck.
    Click the Bookmarks icon, if your Cyberduck bookmarks aren't already shown in a panel to the left of the application window.
    Click the plus (+) icon at the bottom of the bookmarks panel.
    Enter the following information:
    - Nickname (whatever you want to call it)
    - Protocol = SFTP
    - Server = the IP address of your iPhone on your local network
    - Username = root
    There is no password field. You will type "alpine" when you connect for the first time. You can then add it to your Mac OS X keychain.

    You can now use this new connection to connect to your iPhone.

    Once you are in the iPhone, browse the directory structure to get to /var/mobile/Library/Summerboard/Themes.

    I copied a theme folder to my desktop and modified the background image. Then, I renamed the folder, and copied it back into the Themes directory. Restart the springboard on your iPhone (or turn it off and on again to restart Springboard), and you can choose your new theme.

    A few notes:
    1. It is easier to connect to your iPhone if the IP address is always the same. I have my iPhone asking my router for every time it connects. To set your IP address, open the Settings application, then click Wi-Fi. Connect to your home network, and click the blue and white arrow next to the signal strength for that network (looks like a >). Tap the "Static" tab near the top. Enter the desired IP address. Make sure that the IP address is in the range of addresses that your router will assign. My router will assign up to 50 addresses ( -, so I chose one that was in the middle of the range.
    2. Get BossPrefs to turn SSH on and off, and set it to always start SSH after a reboot of the phone ("SSH on Reboot always" is the is OFF by default). You do not want SSH on unless you are on your OWN NETWORK and actively using it. Turn it off otherwise. The Services app (also available on Installer) will turn SSH off, but turning it back on, at this time, isn't possible, so I recommend BossPrefs (get it on Installer as well). The reason you want SSH on every time you reboot your iPhone is for cases where you cause problems and (1) your Springboard crashes in a loop, and (2) iTunes cannot connect to your iPhone. SSH will be your only way into the iPhone to correct the problem(s) so that you can restore via iTunes. Although turning SSH off manually every time you reboot the device is a pain, it WILL save you if you cause problems and cannot connect to iTunes. Otherwise, you have no way into the iPhone.

    Also note that I do not use Summerboard. I use Caterpillar, but the process for selecting themes and activating them is about the same.

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