Remote HD now supports Apple TV 2 (updated)

by tomek on March 22, 2011

Remote HD, an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch application and Apple TV plugin that gives you access to your Mac, PC and Apple TV (the same that brought AirPlay to the first generation atv), has just been updated to support the new Apple TV. The feature you’re gonna like the most is RemoteView: it brings atv’s display to your iDevice (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) allowing you to control your atv from far away, even with the TV turned off.

Among other features you will find:

  • Full keyboard support in 3rd party plugins (including in XBMC)
  • Global playback controls: skip songs without needing to first navigate to Now Playing.
  • Dedicated Now Playing button designed to take you straight to the Now Playing view (pressing the menu button brings you back where you were)
  • Easy restart and sleep.

Here are the installation instructions:

1. Jailbreak your Apple TV using greenpois0n or Seas0nPass.

2. Connect to your Apple TV using your preferred SSH client:

Host: apple-tv.local
Username: root
Password: alpine

Here’s an example of how to connect to the Apple TV using on OS X:

ssh [email protected]
 Password: alpine

(Recommended SSH client for Windows: Pytty)

3. Once connected, run these 2 commands one by one (this will download, install/upgrade Remote HD plugin and restart the Apple TV interface)


 dpkg -i remotehd-atv2_4.3.2_iphoneos-arm.deb

Done! You can now use Remote HD to control your Apple TV 2. The app is on sale in the App Store for $3.99 (50% discount).

Update: Remote HD has just been updated to version 4.3.2

What’s new

  • XBMC now available in RemoteView
  • Trackpad support added in CouchSurfer
  • RemoteView – Tap to Click support added in CouchSurfer
  • RemoteView – Tap to Click support added in AppleTV interface

Improvements and bugfixes

  • Text entry fixes
  • RemoteView refresh bug fixed
  • Play/Pause button fixed in XBMC

  • wilceaux

    Very cool. Thanks.

  • AppletvFan

    Can wait to test it.

  • Anonapple

    What about Hulu without XBMC? Is hulu only blocking access based on user agent? Can an app be created that uses the Webkit engine with a modified or faked user agent if that’s the case? I can use adobe air to create a custom browser, tweak the HTTP request headers and alter the user agent property?

  • Sbrt74

    When i SSH into my atv2, i get an error message when entering the “dpkg -i remotehd-atv2_4.3.1_iphoneos-arm.deb” command. It says the file or directory does not exsist. Please help.

  • Makito

    did you type the first line correctly? did you get the message that “remotehd-atv2_4.3.1_iphoneos-arm.deb” has been successfully downloaded?

  • Suri

    Where should I put username and password in Putty? There is only hostname…?

  • mitch

    this is a great app over all, however the touch interface feels a little glitchy. like when aarowing in a direction the app moves to the direction as well as selecting at the same time. all in all a great app

  • Glen

    Does this mean you can see your mac screen on your tv?

  • Makito

    type in the hostname or IP, click Open and then terminal will ask you for username and pass

  • Makito

    no, it means you can see your apple tv’s screen on your iphone, ipad or ipod touch

  • Suri

    Function, thanks….! First time was error, second time is installed. I go find Remote HD on Apple store. Thanks

  • flyingdutchman

    A basic question…When you jailbreak the atv2 and install the remote hd plugin, are future Apple OS update not possible?

  • robbo

    I get the same message. Yes, it shows it downloaded and saved correctly. I do ls and it shows it Library/ remotehd-atv2_4.3.2_iphoneos-arm.deb

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  • Jarrod

    Thanks for this. great tip!
    When I am running xbmc, the screen on my ipad is blank. I only get the screen view when I am in the atv2 menu.
    The screenshots above suggest that you didn’t have this issue… Any suggestions?


  • hxclos

    I wish there was a way to create custom menus so you can group Nito with XBMC. At least Remote HD gives us the option to hide their menu. I fear there will be a menu for each new jailbreak app installed and it will take an eternity to scroll across. Let’s keep it simple like the “Internet” menu Apple has.

  • Editor

    which version have you installed? the software has been updated to version 4.3.2 and now supports XBMC in RemoteView. try to reinstall.

  • Editor

    feature updates are possible but you’ll have to wait until the jailbreak for each new atv firmware is out (and this can take a while..) My suggestion – don’t update until the untethered jailbreak for this specific software version is released.

  • @rtigs

    Has anyone experienced an ERROR 404: Not Found when running the first command (wget ?

  • @rtigs

    Has anyone experienced an ERROR 404: Not Found when running the first command (wget

    I found the install for Remote HD from the menu under Maintenance –> Manage Extras so I didn’t need to run the command lines after all.

  • mills

    installation worked fine for me, but I have another issue:

    Remote Access from my iPad to my ATV2 works fine, until ATV2 goes into sleep mode.
    After waking up, I’m able to control my ATV2, but I won’t get any view of the ATV’s screen on my iPad.
    When I reboot the ATV2, everything works fine again.

    ATV2: FW4.2.1 with Greenp0ison
    iPad: FW4.2.1 with Greenp0ison

    Best regards

  • Guanghe

    XBMC not compatible,
    When I enter XBMC, the picture on the IPAD(or IPhone4) still show the last one(ATV2 Main Menu)
    4.2.1 and 4.3.1 jailbreak

  • Yjajoo


    I want to stream music from my iPad or iPod to my music system (connected by atv2) and tv.

    How can I do that. Currently on my home sharing option I have my MacBook details. I can stream music from my MacBook library, but cannot from my ipad’s.

    Can anyone advice me on this.

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  • Anonymous

    No, Hulu checks IP addresses to determine location.

  • Guest

    can anybody tell me if I can install Nito TV if I already have XMBC installed and will it affect anything I already installed, I don’t want to affect anything I already installed

  • chaos ombie

    HI is anyone still using the remote HD? im looking for a torrent or free app… i have the remote pro but its not the same as Remote HD…. cant see paying 7.99 cause there is not a 50% off now.
    thanks guys

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