Install SSH with a Take 2 Patchstick (Easier)

Posted March 13, 2008 at 12:45am by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 151602 views

These are detailed instructions on how to create a Take 2 Patchstick to install SSH onto your AppleTV.

In order to perform this tutorial you need a usb stick that has been freshly formated in Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format.

[Update 2008-04-06] I have software updated my AppleTV to 2.0.1 then followed this tutorial again exactly. The Patchstick worked perfectly and now I have SSH installed on my 2.0.1 AppleTV. If you are having a problem following this tutorial it is most likely that your Tiger CD is incompatible. I used a 512MB Lexar usb stick.

Step One
Connect your USB Stick to the computer.

Step Two
Insert your OSX Tiger Install CD into the computer.

Step Three
Download the Patchstick 2.0 prep files from here:
Small USB Stick (

Step Four
Extract the folder Patchstick from onto the Desktop

Step Five
Download the Mac OS X 10.4.9 Combo Updater from

Once downloaded mount the updater by double clicking the downloaded dmg

Step Six
Download the AppleTV 1.1 Updater from here

Once downloaded mount the updater by double clicking the downloaded dmg

Step Seven
Open a new Terminal window by launching it from Applications:Utilities.

Step Eight
Execute the following commands into the Terminal window:

cd ~/Desktop/Patchstick/Files

sudo sh If prompted for a password enter your Administrator password.

cd ~/Desktop/Patchstick

sudo ./createPatchstick. If prompted for a password enter your Administrator password.

Notice the last command listed the different disks present. You must figure out which disk is for your usb stick. Mine was /dev/disk2. Now enter sudo ./createPatchstick /dev/disk2. (Make sure to remember to replace /dev/disk2 with your usb stick location).

You will now be prompted to confirm the partitioning of your usb stick. Type yes then hit enter.

The script will partition your usb stick and copy over the necessary files. This will take about five minutes. When done you will be told that your disk is now unmounted and ready to patch your AppleTV!!!!

Insert the USB Stick into the back of the AppleTV. Press and hold the - and Menu buttons on your remote until the AppleTV reboots.

This is what you will see:

Once done, unplug your AppleTV, remove the USB Stick, and plug the AppleTV back in.

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Richard - September 11, 2008 at 5:44am
I have just tried to hack my AppleTV to run an external USB HD. Everything went fine, I enabled SSH and can even view the external HD when it is connected to the AppleTV. However I can not see the AppleTV within iTunes. I am running 2.1 on my Apple TV and I used the 2.1 OS Boot file. Is there a 2.1 file for the Patchstick file? Thanks in advance.
michaelnau - September 10, 2008 at 6:13pm
I have received the same error messages, beginning below this line: ln: /Volumes/Patchstick-root/bin/sbin: File exists Copying System Extentions... cp: Files/System/Library/Extensions/IOACPIFamily.kext: No such file or directory cp: Files/System/Library/Extensions/AudioIPCDriver.kext: No such file or directory cp: cannot overwrite directory /Volumes/Patchstick-root/System/Library/Frameworks/IOKit.framework/Versions/Current with non-directory Files/System/Library/Frameworks/IOKit.framework/Versions/Current cp: cannot overwrite directory /Volumes/Patchstick-root/System/Library/Frameworks/IOKit.framework/Resources with non-directory Files/System/Library/Frameworks/IOKit.framework/Resources Copying System files... Adding Kerberos... cp: cannot overwrite directory /Volumes/Patchstick-root/System/Library/Frameworks/Kerberos.framework/Versions/Current with non-directory Files/System/Library/Frameworks/Kerberos.framework/Versions/Current cp: cannot overwrite directory /Volumes/Patchstick-root/System/Library/Frameworks/Kerberos.framework/Resources with non-directory Files/System/Library/Frameworks/Kerberos.framework/Resources Is there anything on this issue? Much appreciated! michaelnau
Jimmy jam - August 28, 2008 at 8:50am
Why not make it all easier and use a ready made patchstick if i found this website that links to the a ready made img file and it works with 2.1 i tried it yesterday and now i have a web server and firefly server for itunes then click on the apple tv article the link is in there and it tells u how to do it
Dan - August 12, 2008 at 7:55pm
I have a 1.1 aTV which I have updated to the latest take two software. In step 6 above, should I d/l the 1.1 update anyway? If so, does anyone know where to get it? The link is no longer valid.
Cedric Diggory - August 9, 2008 at 3:52am
Was this made on a Leopard machine with just the Tiger install CD? Or does the machine also have to be running Tiger?
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