How to Backup and Restore Cydia Apps

There are several ways of doing so, let’s discuss all ways that work effectively.

Method 1: Manually, APT backup.

Ubuntu/Apt users will find this handy

Step 1. Run the following command on iPhone Terminal:

dpkg --get-selections > /cydia-backup

Step 2. FTP/SFTP this file to your computer where you want to keep a backup

Step 3. Do whatever upgrades/downgrades/ clean installs [You can follow our Jailbreaking and Unlocking guides]

Step 4. SFTP the file back on the new jailbroken iPhone and run:

dpkg --set-selections < cydia-backup; dselect
apt-get dselect-upgrade
reboot

That’s all. You should see all the packages back in Cydia.

Method 2. Automatic

Use  a readymade app that does exactly that. Best apps are: AptBackup (free), PkgBackup ($2), AppBackup(free, backup App Store apps) to exactly that automatically.
AptBackup [from BigBoss repo] will make a list of your installed apps and put it in a location under the iTunes backup. So, when you sync on iTunes, the file is stored with the backup. So when you restore you phone, you just reinstall AptBackup and it will reinstall all apps back on to the phone.

You can also set it up for phone and use it as a template for setting up others with one click.

Although it will NOT, back up the actual app or its settings. Backup your springboard file placement. It’s not On demand restore. It’s only for restoring after a fresh iTunes installation.

Update: Easier method: Backup Restore Cydia Apps, Settings, Sources

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  • rosymarshal

    Thank you for another great post. It made me aware of new technique which I can apply for my day to day activity. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  • http://twitter.com/RoyceEddington Royce Eddington

    If you jailbreak your iPhone with Blackrain and install ROCK in addition to CYDIA, ROCK will offer you the option to create an account and backup all your settings under the MANAGE tab. ROCK is a cleaner version of CYDIA, but doesn't yet have access to all the apps CYDIA does.

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  • Joe B

    OK, had to restore iphone 3G…used 3.1.2 IPSW, blackra1n to jailbreak and aptbackup before and after. Aptbackup did restore cydia apps, but many of the iphone icons from apps bought from the app store disappeared. Programs were still there, icons were NOT hidden in SB….First time restored, jailbroke and then ran aptbackup and could NOT get icons back no matter what I tried including a sync (saved old backup file in another location cause thought I'd have to use it again and I did). Then restored phone again, jailbroke and tried to run aptbackup restore before downloading from iphone backup, wouldnt run till iphone backup happened. Then, ran aptbackup restore and the icons were gone again. For some odd reason, when I synced the phone again (after all backups were run and the phone was jailbroken), out of the blue the icons reappeared. Any ideas..I have searched the internet and pretty much tried everything online I could find. Phone is fine now, but curious about why that happens and how to avoid it…oh, and why suddenly icons reappeared. Love the hackers that give us this free stuff, but wish they would give more directions on some of this stuff.

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    • Tim

      Just respring and your icons will come back after restoring with APTBackup.

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      • asdf

        no they don't. That's the point. The opposite happens, they dissappear

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  • b4r0

    I was trying to manual restore my cydia apps but for some reason it does'nt work…
    is there something new with dpkg? when I run “dpkg –set-selections < cydia-backup; dselect”
    I get a list of options; first thing to do is setup “access method” but it wont work :( it stop saying
    “dselect (subprocess): unable to run query/setup script process '/usr/lib/dpkh/methods/apt/setup': no such file or directory
    query/setup script returned error exit status 2.
    Press <enter> to continue.”

    any idea on how to fix this?? thank you</enter>

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  • b4r0

    looks like ignoring the error and going further with apt-get has made it :D
    nice!

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  • http://www.justmobilephone.com/pkgbackup-4-3-0/ pkgbackup 4.3.0

    i think pkgbackup 4.3.0 is the best application for making backup ……..i hearh about Aptbackup , never used that but my satifaction level with pkgbackup is above 100 so i m fully satidfied with this

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  • http://www.justmobilephone.com/pkgbackup-4-3-0/ pkgbackup 4.3.0

    i think pkgbackup 4.3.0 is the best application for making backup ……..i hearh about Aptbackup , never used that but my satifaction level with pkgbackup is above 100 so i m fully satidfied with this

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