Greenpois0n RC6 Brings Untethered Jailbreak to Apple TV 2 on iOS 4.2.1

by tomek on February 14, 2011


greenpois0n rc6 apple tv 2 Greenpois0n RC6 Brings Untethered Jailbreak to Apple TV 2 on iOS 4.2.1We’ve been waiting for this jailbreak since November, but it’s finally here: Chronic Dev Team, with great contributions from nitoTV, has released greenpois0n RC6 that allows you to perform an untethered jailbreak on your Apple TV 2 running iOS 4.2.1. It’s available for both Mac and Windows and can be grabbed from here.

Note: make sure you restore to fresh 4.2.1 before running greenpois0n rc6.

Let us know in the comments if you have any issues. A detailed how-to tutorial will be posted soon. Here is the step-by-step tutorial on how to jailbreak your Apple TV 2 with greenpois0n rc6.

You may also want to read:
How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 with greenpois0n rc6
Patchstick.ca to Release Installer for Apple TV 2
How to install XBMC on Apple TV 2
How to jailbreak Apple TV 2 on iOS 4.2.1 with Seas0nPass

  • Oskar132

    i jailbroke my appletv then installed cydia but now i cant install any of the apps like xbmc.. it jsut installs, boots and then nothing appears even if i lowtide boot it…
    any1 knows something about it?
    thx in advance

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  • Bigpajero

    I need your help. For some reason, I can’t put appletv 2g in DFU mode, so I can’t detect the iOS version (I bought it on Jan 29, 2011) and I can’t use greenpoison jb!

    I tried to restore the original setup via iTunes but my macbook can’t see the appletv!

    do you know a software able to put the appletv in dfu mode to use jb?

  • Wlshwzd

    Excellent it worked first time – Just what I have been waiting for.
    Downloaded GP RC6, followed read me instructions and hey presto.
    Only thing i’ve found is that the Apple tv forgets it’s wireless network after being powered down (switched off at the mains)

  • Random69v

    I too cant get it into DFU mode either

  • http://twitter.com/ZepticVillager Alex

    The download link is broken. greenpois0n.com seems to be down, or nonexistent.

  • http://twitter.com/ZepticVillager Alex

    Ok I see, their servers are down… if you’re having the problem, you can find the mirror here http://www.shoutpedia.com/greenpois0n-rc6-download-apple-tv-2g-untethered-jailbrea-8042/

  • confused

    same here…. using windows 7 pro. Started greenpoison “as administrator” and tried to get into DFU mode at least 3 dozen times unsuccessfully. Any ideas?

  • Edrons

    My ATV2G was already JB using Seasonpass. I just applied Greenpoison and now it’s unthetered (verified) . All the previous programs and settings are still there. So why do you insist on a “Fresh” 4.2.1 ?

  • boB

    It worked! Not too sure how to play content from my PC that is on the same wireless network. All of the ATV articles are very short and to the point. I would like to see some detailed tutorials now that you got this all working so well :)

  • Peewee

    you’ll need to reboot aTV2 after installing sbmc (just a simple off/on)

  • PEEWEE

    download xbmc, turn aTV2 off then back on, lunch xbmc, scroll down to videos, push the right arrow on the aTV2 remote. From there you can add your movie source…(smb, UPnP, WORKGROUP and others)

  • Keson

    Downloaded, jailbreaked and run. So far ok.
    Issues are with xbmc installer, which does nothing and I had to install xbmc manually.
    Also I have issues with wifi, atv does not see my wireless network even for 10 mins after reboot :( network resources are unavailable then.

    One question though. i want to reset it all, what shall I do? Reset atv first and rejailbreak?

  • Nekep

    Can’t get into DFU mode too. Using Windows 7. Tried 10 times.

  • Guest

    I found you don’t have to plug the power cable. I succeded running greenp. from terminal (Mac OS X 1.6.6) (see read-me file of greenp.): I just pressed menu and play buttons a little earlier (1/2 seconds).

  • Chad

    Like the person below I tried a ton too and finally it worked when I didn’t plug in the power cord at all, just the USB cord. After that the jailbreak worked and I had XMBC up and running in less than 10 minutes.

  • confused

    After enough trying (and after installing iTunes which on the PC i was using), I was then able to get it into DFU mode. Everything after has been very easy to do with the installers.

  • Oskar132

    i did several times but it still wont show on the menu :S

  • PEEWEE

    for your network issue, go to nitoTV, Settings, and restart Lowtide and network should be back within 5minutes….
    when network connected, go back to nitoTV, install software, and download wifi tweak, that should resolve it all

  • http://twitter.com/akolade Keff Jing

    thanks for that tip, its the only issue i was having with this (no wifi for a period). So awesome!

  • http://twitter.com/akolade Keff Jing

    mine wouldn’t install at first; it displayed a message saying to run a command from the command line (ssh). After I did that it all worked .
    The command was: dpkg –configure -a
    …once you SSH into your appletv.

  • Kris

    How does one install “manually” ?

  • Kris

    xbmc-atv2

  • Yamboo29

    My Apple Tv 2G won’t update the software to 4.2.1. it’s currently at 4.1.1. how do i restore to 4.2.1?

  • bziz

    It worked, but I can’t figure out how to set up xbmc between my mac or my pc with my apple tv 2. i’ve used plex previously and it worked fine but xbmc is very confusing. can someone explain to me how to get this done. Thanks a lot.
    Bziz

  • editor

    iOS 4.2.1 (8C154) is reported by Apple TV 2 as software version 4.1.1. Ergo, your atv runs 4.2.1, go ahead with the jailbreak!

  • Yamboo29

    i did, but everything fails to install

  • Yamboo29

    whenever i try to install anything from nitv, i keep getting “E:dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run ‘dpkg –configure -a’ to correct the problem. anybody know what this means and how to fix it?

  • Yamboo29

    ok so i ran dpkg –configure -a using WINscp, and i get the following..

    setting up gawk (3.1.6-2) …
    setting up badiff (4.3-1) …
    setting up org.xbmc-seatbeltunlock (1.0-1) …
    found ATV2 running ios 4.2+/appleTV
    /var/lib/dpkg/info/org.xbmcxbmc-sealbeltunlock.postinst: line 9: awk: command not found Frontrow app md5sum is unknown, not patching

  • Alex s

    jailbreak works fine on vista, tough to get through on xp, you lose wifi after rebooting, you must relaunch lowtide to get your wifi back and must do this everytime you reboot, seemed to still be there after putting to sleep, if you try to install atvflash black, you’ll probably need to install overflow for the ‘maintenance’ to show up, xbmc is an easy install through atvflash, wouldnt show up trying to install through nitotv, that is all for now

  • SOBO

    Same here…. tried everything and nothing worked until I installed iTunes. I guess Windows needs the drivers iTunes carry to properly connect to the ATV.
    After that it went on DFU first time and JB correctly on first attempt.
    Installing XBMC was a little tricky, but after a few tries it installed too via Nito TV.

    So Win 7 32Bit – iTunes 10.2 and atv 4.1.1 freshlty updated

  • Aslam Doc

    hi oskar132……did uu manage to install the xbmx

  • omar

    this is different from their instructions…

  • Dr B

    So far, jailbreak worked Perfect!
    Xbmc install Works good too.
    Is it possible to install any Browser now?
    I heared about couchsurfer for atv2, but
    I did not Read about a Way to install it.
    How about bluetooth Keyboards to pair with atv2?

  • JDub

    how do you do that? what is a command line (ssh)? I’m getting the same message.

  • Alex s

    couchsurfer is a program you have to do through atvflash black ($19.99), and through nitotv you can install btstack which will allow you to connect a wireless keyboard through bluetooth

  • Mikron2

    i had mine jailbroken with season pass, just ran gp over it without doing a fresh install of 4.2.1 with no problems. took about 2 minutes, no network issues, xmbc and all other apps still in place. i unplugged the hdmi and power, connected the usb, held menu/play for 7 seconds, then once dfu mode was entered i plugged in the power cable and waited the 40 seconds. when i connected the hdmi cable it stayed on a black screen, but i unplugged and plugged back and was good to go. i’m streaming 720p mkv with dolby digital output through xbmc as i’m writing this.

    i also did the same procedure on my ipad when the untethered jb came out and had the same results, so the recommendation that a fresh install is required doesn’t seem to actually be a requirement unless you run into issues.

  • Serranoathome

    new to apple tv, what are the benefits of a jailbroken apple tv

  • Dave

    Has anyone been able to successfully jailbreak (untethered) an apple tv gen2 that is running iOS 4.2.1 (2100)? This iOS is an upgrade to the 4.2.1 OS with a build number 2100.

  • Austin

    I JUST PURCHASED MY APPLE TV 2 AND DOWNLOADED GREENPOISON RC 6.1. I MADE SURE I HAD UPDATED MY ITUNES, AND I FOLLOWED ALL THE DIRECTIONS. I HAVE 2 DIFFERENT MICRO USB CORDS FROM A JAM BOX I JUST PURCHASED AND I JUST WENT TO RADIO SHACK THIS MORNING TO PURCHASE ANOTHER MICRO USB AND STILL NOTHING. I EVEN TRIED DOING IT ON 3 DIFFERENT COMPUTERS. WHEN I PLUG THE APPLE TV 2 INTO MY PC OR MAC WITH THE MICRO USB THE LIGHT DOES NOT LIGHT UP. THE ONLY WAY ITUNES RECOGNIZES THE APPLE TV IS IF I HAVE THE POWER CORD AND THE MICRO USB PLUGGED IN . WHAT SHOULD I DO? I GET NO POWER OR LIGHTS WITH JUST THE USB. DO I NEED TO RETURN MY APPLE TV?? THANKS

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