My understanding is that Cydia is a mechanism for accessing third-party software repos on iOS. (The equivalent of Homebrew for macOS.)

However, I am having trouble locating the "default" Cydia repos, and browsing them to see what software is available. How can I do this without an iOS device?

For example, is there an equivalent of the https://f-droid.org (a similar tool + website for Android)?

  • relevant link: theiphonewiki.com/wiki/Cydia.app
    – lofidevops
    Commented Sep 5, 2018 at 12:37
  • This has gotten a couple close votes, and I’m not sure why each individual repository should share the same organization / structure / search ability as any others. For example, isn’t this like asking if all social media has similar privacy or export capabilities. the obvious answer is - not necessarily - different tools have different implementations. Maybe I’m missing something that makes this clearer to answer.
    – bmike
    Commented Sep 6, 2018 at 0:42
  • @bmike All Cydia repos are apt repos(Cydia is a front-end for apt) and therefore share the same basic structure.
    – airsquared
    Commented Sep 6, 2018 at 1:34
  • I thank @Abc for correcting my assumption and adding an excellent answer.
    – bmike
    Commented Sep 6, 2018 at 23:00

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Cydia is really a GUI front end for apt, the homebrew equivalent on iOS and many other Linux systems, so a Cydia repo is really an apt repo.

You can use CyDownload to view and download the packages(.debs) on your computer. enter image description here

Some popular repos:

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    I so love it when I learn things - great answer explaining the commonality between repos
    – bmike
    Commented Sep 6, 2018 at 5:15

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