Hackul0us and Install0us Shuts Down – End of iOS App Piracy

In an unannounced move, Hackulous have closed up shop.  Hackulo.us were responsible for their highly controversial Installous, an app that allowed easy download of pirated apps onto jailbroken devices.  Many are claiming the closure as a minor victory against app piracy, especially as sites like Hackulous have been responsible for a slur on the name of the jailbreaking community.

Update : With Installous gone after Hackulous shut down , here are few alternatives to Installous .


In truth, the bulk of those who have a jailbroken device prefer to get their apps legitimately, all they are looking for is a wider range of apps and tools to choose from, ones that are can’t be downloaded otherwise.  The news also means that it is now not likely that hacking into your iDevice will become illegal.  One reason for the closure could be the lack of untethered jailbreak for iOS 6 and no jailbreak at all for the iPhone 5, meaning that, though it’s probable that someone else will pick up where they left off, because Hackulous were the largest of their kind ,anyone that follows them is likely to struggle to make their mark.

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Visitors to their site were confronted with this 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,
Hackulous Team ”

As well as Installous, AppSync has also disappeared, both of which were required to install cracked apps. So while this is good news for jailbreakers and developers everywhere, those that used Installous are going to have dig deep into their pockets and pay that whopping $0.99 for their apps after all.

Update : You can download Installous alternative , AppCake from Cydia .