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Install libimobiledevice

Before proceeding with doing any acquisition of iOS devices we recommend installing libimobiledevice utilities. These utilities will become useful when extracting crash logs and generating iTunes backups. Because the utilities and its libraries are subject to frequent changes in response to new versions of iOS, you might want to consider compiling libimobiledevice utilities from sources. Otherwise, if available, you can try installing packages available in your distribution:

sudo apt install libimobiledevice-utils

On Mac, you can try installing it from brew:

brew install --HEAD libimobiledevice

If you have a reasonably recent version of libimobiledevice in your package manager, it might work straight out of the box. Try connecting your iOS device to your computer via USB and run:


If you encounter unexpected issues, uninstall the packages and try compiling libimobiledevcice from sources.

Compile libimobiledevice from sources


The following instructions are a best effort. The installation from source requires several steps, and it is likely some have been forgotten here and that won't work for you. You will likely need to fiddle around a bit before getting this right.

Make sure you have uninstalled all the libimobiledevice tools from your package manage:

sudo apt remove --purge libimobiledevice-utils libimobiledevice-dev libimobiledevice6 libplist-dev libplist3 libusbmuxd-dev libusbmuxd-tools libusbmuxd4 libusbmuxd6 usbmuxd

Firstly you need to install libplist. Then you can install libusbmuxd.

Now you should be able to to download and install the actual suite of tools at

You can now also build and install usbmuxd.

Making sure everything works fine.

Once the idevice tools are available you can check if everything works fine by connecting your iOS device and running:


This should some many details on the connected iOS device. If you are connecting the device to your laptop for the first time, it will require to unlock and enter the PIN code on the mobile device. If it complains that no device is connected and the mobile device is indeed plugged in through the USB cable, you might need to do this first, although typically the pairing is automatically done when connecting the device:

sudo usbmuxd -f -d
idevicepair pair

Again, it will ask to unlock the phone and enter the PIN code.