Hackulous, one of the most famous jailbreak communities, known for their Cydia repo Installous, is shutting down.
If you try adding it in Cydia, it will give you various errors; so don’t bother searching for it.
We just saw a spike in our daily traffic coming from the people who are searching for Installous 5, as they are unable to use it anymore. Yes, it came as a surprise, as no one was expecting Hackulous to end their service.
The official website is showing the following message:
We are very sad to announce that Hackulous is shutting down. After many years, our community has become stagnant and our forums are a bit of a ghost town. It has become difficult to keep them online and well-moderated, despite the devotion of our staff. We’re incredibly thankful for the support we’ve had over the years and hope that new, greater communities blossom out of our absence
With lots of love,
Not sure why they used the term “stagnant”, as their repo is extremely popular among jailbreak users.
On the other hand, due to the added security with every iOS version from Apple, it became more and more complicated for developers to find vulnerabilities, write exploits for them and try to inject Cydia. According to earlier reports, more than 70 percent iOS users have already upgraded to the latest firmware iOS 6. We can assume a fair amount of jailbreak users have also upgraded to the latest version from iOS 5.1.1 for which the untethered jailbreak was available. We can assume that Hackulous has also seen a decline in number of users using their service.
It is no secret that Hackulous and Installous repo is famous among those jailbreak users who download pirated App Store apps using it.
The project was initially started as a way to make a platform so users can test iOS apps before they buy it from the App Store as Apple does not offer any trial version policy.
But no matter what their original intentions were, it became the biggest center of pirated apps for iOS devices. Let us see who will fill the gap now.
Those who were against such a platform will definitely rejoice. We have always discouraged piracy on our blog, but still we felt a little sad on its closure. Goodbye Hackulous.