Thursday, July 8, 2010

How-to Revised: Install Flash on your jailbroken iPad (for real)

How-to: Install Flash on your jailbroken iPad (for real)

By Nilay Patel  posted Jul 7th 2010

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60diggsdiggWe just saw Flash 10.1 ported to the iPad demonstrated in video form by Comex, and now you can get in on the action too, as long as your iPad is jailbroken. It's called Frash, and while the plugin is still pretty early and doesn't do video playback yet, you can definitely play games and other animations right now, and we're told video support is forthcoming. Okay, so let's try this out, shall we? It's not point-and-click simple, but it's not that hard, either. Full instructions after the break. 

0. Make sure your iPad is jailbroken. It's pretty easy -- just run Spirit and you're done.
1. Download Frash.deb and keep it nearby. [Update: We've been advised against hosting this ourselves, but it's not hard to find out there.]
2. Decide how you're going to get files onto your iPad. For Mac users, it's dead simple -- just install Netatalk, which will automatically pop up your iPad in the Finder's Sharing list. Windows users can try out this guide at iClarified to get OpenSSH installed and running and use WinSCP -- it's just as easy. Either way, the login is "root" and the password is "alpine." Remember, you can seriously screw things up while you're in there, so be careful!
3. Once you've got access to the iPad's filesystem, navigate to /var/root/Media as shown here:
4. Once there, open Media and create a folder called "Cydia."
5. Open the new Cydia folder and create another new folder called "AutoInstall"
6. Upload Frash to your new folder.
7. Restart your iPad a couple times.
8. You're set! Now just navigate to a page in Safari with non-video Flash content and hit the F logo to play it. Again, no video for now, but games and other simple content works. We did have a few crashes here and there, but it's early code, and things are bound to get better.

So there you have it -- Flash on the iPad (sans fluid video playback for now, of course). Try it out and let us know how it goes -- if you're having trouble, our tipster suggests using SBSettings or the respring app to restart the Springboard, but we didn't have too many problems without it. Just remember, you're doing this at your own risk, and you might well end up bricking your iPad and blowing up the universe with this stuff. If you're not feeling brave enough to muck around, here it is on video:

Iamthereforeipad Editor Carl Brooks' comments below

I have installed this on my Jailbroken iPad. I found the Frash.deb file from a quick Google search and installed it to my PC (Windows). My step deviated from the Engadget instruction in that I used a free Cydia app called iFile to create the "Cydia" directory, create the "AutoInstall" directory, copy the "Frash.deb" file from the PC to the  /var/root/Media/Cydia/Autoinstall directory and iFile was used to install the Frash.deb file without requiring a reboot.


0. Make sure your iPad is jailbroken. It's pretty easy -- just run Spirit and you're done.
1. Download Frash.deb (from your Google search) and Remember which directory you saved it in. 
2.  Use iFile (Downloaded from Cydia) to access to the iPad's filesystem, navigate to /var/root/Media directory
3.  Create the "Cydia" directory by pressing the "Edit" button. Press the "+" button. Type Cydia in the name field (Click done to close keyboard). Click the Type attribute to switch from "regular file" to "Directory" (Click "New" to close). Click the "Create" button to finalize the creation of the Cydia directory. Click on "Done". Click on Cydia to open  the newly created Cydia directory.
4.  Create the "Autoinstall" directory by pressing the "Edit" button. Press the "+" button. Type Autoinstall in the name field (Click done to close keyboard). Click the Type attribute to switch from "regular file" to "Directory" (Click "New" to close). Click the "Create" button to finalize the creation of the Autoinstall directory.  Click on "Done". Click on Autoinstall to open  the newly created Autoinstall directory.
5. Now to get the file copied from PC to this location. Click the "Transfer" icon at the bottom (2nd from left) of the iFile screen. Note the URL needed to access iPad from you desktop.
6.  One the PC, open a browser and enter the url in the address line (something like http://ipad.local or http://192.168.1.2:10000)

Navigate to
http://192.168.1.2:10000/var/root/Media/Cydia/Autoinstall or click on the directories to get to the same location

Click "Choose File" and navigate to the location on your desktop that contains the Frash.deb file, select it and click "OK" and then click "Upload". You will see a loading status bar growing on both the desktop browser and on the iPad to show the percentage of the transfer. Click "Done" on the iPad when 100% is reached.

7.  You will now see the Frash-0.01.deb file on the iFile screen (on iPad). Tap the file to bring up a menu. Click "installer" to install the Frash file.
8. Open up Safari and navigate to a web site with Flash like http;//www.shockwave.com or http://www.barbie.com
9. When the website displays the "F" for flash icons, just tap the "F" to load the Flash content.

I tested this with the iPad only. I did not test with my iPod Touch or iPhone.


Thanks,
 
Carl W. Brooks
The Tech Guy

Sent from my Magical and Revolutionary  iPad 

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