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Original author(s)
  • Mark Bruce (BigBoss)
  • Kory Lee (KvX)[1]
Developer(s)Optimo (current maintainer)
Operating systemiOS
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BigBoss is a community APT repository, typically found on jailbroken iOS devices by default. It was started sometime prior to 15 December 2007.[2] It is known for being the longest-running community APT repository, given its counterparts, predominantly ModMyi and ZodTTD/MacCiti, have been archived. BigBoss integrates with Cydia Store, which previously allowed developers to release paid packages, but now acts as an archive for said packages.

Prior to the introduction of Cydia, BigBoss operated an Installer repository for iPhone OS 1.x. An Installer repository was made available for iPhone OS 2.x, but was discontinued in favor of the Cydia repository.

BigBoss also previously operated as a blog with news on jailbreak progress, new iOS and device announcements, and reviews of new tweak releases.

Prior to iOS 7, the BigBoss repository was known for the SBSettings package, and its predecessor BossPrefs, developed by the repository owner who went by the same name.


The BigBoss Installer repository was started sometime prior to 15 December 2007.[2]

On 14 March 2008, the BigBoss Cydia repository was launched for iPhone OS 1.x (darwin-arm APT architecture).[3]

On 13 April 2008, BigBoss launched a repository for iPhone OS 2.0 and later (iphoneos-arm APT architecture).[4]

On 13 June 2008, BigBoss and Planet-iPhones, a repository specialising in themes, merged into a combined repository.[5]

On 18 October 2008, the BigBoss repository moved from to its current[6]

On 6 April 2023, support for rootless packages was introduced.[7]

External Links

Wikipedia has an article about iOS Jailbreaking § BigBoss