Cydia creator explains why the jailbreak app store often loads very slowly

Cydia creator explains why the jailbreak app store often loads very slowly
Those of you with jailbroken iPhones and iPads know well about Cydia - the unregulated by Apple third-party app catalog on iOS. It allows many of the apps you’d never see on the original App Store - tethering application, themes and others, but while Apple’s official store is pretty snappy, on Cydia you’re often forced to wait for quite a while. Jay Freeman, aka saurik, used reddit as the stage to explain why this is so and what’s happening so that it could change.

The biggest reason for the slowdown is the fact that Cydia loads its whole database with packages, which is megabytes of data every time, while the App Store only loads 25 apps at a time and offers a load more button for the rest.

Now, this allows users to quickly flick through huge lists of packages, and definitely has its benefits. The three main sources of Cydia apps are the BigBoss, ModMyi and ZodTTD repositories, and while they are relatively optimized for the task, the problem has its roots in other repos, hosted by small companies. 

Turns out, the majority of Cydia users enjoy that exact freedom of adding new repositories, but sometimes those are just not hosted on a reliable server and drag down the loading process.

Finally, saurik says he’s working with the big repos to optimize their performance, and is also on your side. Take a look at the explanation below and hit the source below for all the details.

Here’s to hoping.

source: reddit via iMore

Image courtesy of RedmondPie.



1. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

the ONLY thing android is missing... is Cydia !

2. android_hitman unregistered

on android we have hundreds of devs working on custom roms and they deliver premium solutions and we have the freedom from the beggining...

4. dhruba

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

well... Cydia is used to give iOS the missing functions already available in Android as default

5. android_hitman unregistered

true and i respect that

8. Castro90

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

as a 13 year old would say abdane "you just got treated"

6. Croxy

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

XDA team is already doing something like that called Cyanogenmod App store. Source:

7. ghost__uwi

Posts: 175; Member since: Nov 28, 2011

I am an IPhone fan but I can tell you that android does not need cydia cause its open source. Only reason you need cydia is to get ur opensourceness going.

3. redmd

Posts: 1926; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

He reminds me of the barista. Lol

9. deago78

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

He's creative.

10. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

haha! and i thought he looks more like a rockstar than most of the rockstar wannabes..

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Thats kind of what I imagined Taco50 looking like.. except a lil more plump and even more pasty from never leaving his mom's basement.

11. Sinaps

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 27, 2010

I want that shirt!

12. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

I thought he was cydia developer!!

13. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

This guy could use a haircut and a RAZR, lol

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Did ZZ-Top get back together?

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