How to Jailbreak Your AppleTV Using ATV USB Creator

Posted October 1, 2008 at 11:58pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 258528 views
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These are instructions on how to create an SSH install patchstick using ATV USB Creator and use it to jailbreak your Apple TV.

Before getting started you need a USB Stick that has been formatted to a single Mac OS Extended (Journaled) partition that uses a GUID Partition Table. You can find instructions on doing this here.

Step One
Download ATV USB Creator from here and place it on your desktop.

Step Two
Double click to extract the archive on your Desktop. A folder called atvusb-creator1.0.b10 will created.

NOTE***: Make sure there are no spaces in the folder name!

Step Three
Connect a USB Stick to your computer.

Step Four
From the atvusb-creator 1.0.b10 folder, double click the atvusb-creator icon

Step Five
You will be informed that the application was downloaded from the Internet. Click the Open button.

Step Six
From the Choose an Installation dropdown select ATV-Patchstick.

Step Seven
From the Installation Options dropdown select ssh tools

Step Eight
Make sure the correct USB stick is selected for use.

Step Nine
Press the Create Using --> button.

Step Ten
ATV USB Creator will now download the AppleTV Update DMG. If you prefer to select this file yourself you could click the Choose a DMG button.

Step Eleven
The program will inform you when your patchstick has been completed successfully.

Step Twelve
Notice that your USB Stick has been renamed and now contains files...

Step Thirteen
Eject the USB Stick and connect it to your AppleTV.

Step Fourteen
Hold down the Menu and - buttons on the AppleTV remote until it reboots.

Step Fifteen
Notice the Patchstick will now do its job and install SSH on the AppleTV.

Step Sixteen
When complete, remove the USB Stick from the AppleTV and unplug the device. Plug it back in to reboot.

Step Eighteen
You can now access your AppleTV via SSH to perform a host of functions and hacks. You can find many interesting tutorials for your AppleTV here

THANKS***: A big thanks to sdavilla for creating this great app!

NOTES***: Some users have reported issues with certain USB Sticks. If you have any problems try a different one... We will post more info as we get it!

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JRF - February 9, 2015 at 5:26am
Hi...I'm getting the following error: Creating USB Flash Disk... umount_disk settling delay (10 seconds) partition the target disk umount_disk settling delay (10 seconds) install recovery onto target disk Unable to mount recovery: GetMasterBlock: Error 13 opening /dev/rdisk2s2 GetMasterBlock: Error 13 opening /dev/rdisk2s2 mount_hfs: Permission denied install_recovery failed Failed! (0:01:25) And I've tried this on four different sticks...thoughts?
amiral - August 28, 2014 at 8:58am
Maybe I should apply the same strategy for my site:, I am pretty sure that I will have amazing results!
naviuma - July 23, 2014 at 12:29pm
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Paulo Matsui - December 17, 2012 at 11:12pm
Great stuff. Thanks. Worked fined as a charm. Such a shame Boxee is not supported anymore. But as a workaround I DL the XeeBo skin for the XBMC and it is as good as the original. Thank you again!
Alexzuno - January 13, 2012 at 6:53pm
It´s frozen on the apple symbol and the led is blinking orange, no error or anything, help!!!!
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