📅 March 29, 2009     🕐 2 minutes read

RipDev presents Icy: Cydia Competitor?


Icy is our take on the freeware package manager that uses APT repositories to install and remove packages available in another free iPhone installer application, Cydia. The goal was to create a fast, lightweight and more slick solution that is easy and cool to use. Icy is only at version 1.0, but we’re already working on the improvements.

Slick Interface

The whole interface was designed with three goals in mind: fast, effective, cool.

Built on Open Source Foundation

Icy is built on top of the widely know open-source packaging system DPKG, the same as used in Cydia.


The complete Icy installation only takes a little over than 1 Mb on your device as compared to 32 Mb with Cydia.

Cydia Compatible

Icy is compatible with Cydia — it will use Cydia (APT) sources to fetch package info and updates, then install the packages and see the packages installed from Cydia.

Network Efficient

Icy is designed to consume minimum network traffic. It will never refresh sources automatically — it’s up to you to decide when you want that to happen.

Landscape Goodness

As set by Apple in the upcoming 3.0 firmware, Icy is following the trend and allows you to browse installed packages in landscape mode.

Pricing and License

Icy is completely free to use and distribute.

How To Install

From Cydia: Add a new source http://apt.ripdev.com and then install Icy from the Packaging category.

From Installer: Icy is available in the System category of Installer.

For more info and screenshots you can visit RipDev


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