Cydia Sources

Cydia Sources Not Working – Fix It Now!


In this article you will learn how to fix Cydia Sources Not Working error and all kinds of related errors while installing Cydia or downloading a Cydia source. Cydia is a well-known third party app that provides cracked apps and premium apps for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It is a stable app and seldom get any complains from iOS users for the past few years. However, the iOS version keeps updating and there is a need for Cydia developers to modify the source code in order to make it work for new iOS firmware. During a major upgrade, some Cydia users will experience error during the installation of a Cydia, Cydia apps, or Cydia sources especially when a new iOS firmware was released.

“Cydia Sources Not Working”, “Wow, you exceeded the number of package names this APT is capable of”, and “The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened” are a few very common error messages when a Cydia user tries to download Cydia or adding a Cydia source/tweak. There are also some other common errors occur when an iOS 8 users try to download a Cydia source with the method used in iOS 7. Today, we are going through a list of “Cydia Not Working” issue and provide you the solution to each problem.

Cydia Sources Not Working Problem 1

The number one problem that many iOS users face is the “Wow, you exceeded the number of package names this APT is capable of” error message. This is a very common error. Sometimes you will also see the message “Problem with MergeList /var/lib/lists/apt.thebigboss.org_repofiles_cydia_dists_stable_main_binary-iphoneos-arm_Packages”. There is nothing wrong with your jailbreak or your Cydia. This message appears when your Cydia has reached the maximum allowed packages which are 65,535 packages. By default, you will have 40,000+ packages when you install Cydia. These packages are from the default Cydia sources such as BigBoss, ModMyi, iSpazio, Telesphoreo Tangelo, and ZodTTD & MacCiti. So, you are only allowed to add another 25,000+ packages.

Solution: Remove unwanted Cydia sources then you won’t see this error again. To remove a Cydia source, go to Cydia -> Manage -> Sources -> Edit and then you can remove any superfluous Cydia sources. Instead, you can reinstall Cydia.

Cydia Sources Not Working Problem 2

Another common issue that iOS 8 users face is the “Failed to Fetch HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found” error. This error usually appears when the repositories are offline or the developers are updating the repo source code. Thus, you will see this message when you try to add a Cydia repo.

Solution: Wait for a few minutes (perhaps hours depending on the server) and follow how to add a Cydia repo to re-add the Cydia repo you want. If the error still exists, remove UltraSn0w repo.

Cydia Sources Not Working Problem 3

The very hateful Cydia problem is that you don’t know what the problem is. There are readers complain to saying their Cydia Source page, Installed packages page, and Changes page show nothing at all although they are very sure they have at least 10 Cydia sources added. This problem occurs when one or more than one of your Cydia repos are giving problem.

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Screenshot of Cydia Sources Not Working

Solution: Remove those Cydia repos that you think is giving you problems. Otherwise, remove all Cydia repos and see if the problem still exists. If it does, reinstall Cydia and the problem will be fixed.