Ryan Petrich’s Display Recorder “Stolen” and Released in the App Store


If you jailbreak your iDevice, you may have heard about an awesome app from Ryan Petrich called Display Recorder that allows you to record video of your iPhone’s display. It has been in the Cydia store for years now and is a very useful tool.

Now is seems developer Bugun Software has taken this idea, built their own app, and released it in the App Store using the exact same name. Over the weekend, their version of “Display Recorder” was released, including many of the same features in Ryan Petrich’s app that he has had in Cydia for a long time. Bugun release is buggy and the recorded video is quite choppy. Ryan Petrich’s version (the original) records smooth, high quality video. Here’s a side by side screenshot from Petrich’s Display Recorder (on the left) and Bugun’s Display Recorder (on the right).


Here’s the features of both Display Recorder apps. On the left is Ryan Petrich’s app from Cydia and on the right is Bugun’s app from the App Sotre:



It is unclear if Bugun stole Petrich’s code for their app, but it is quite obvious that they stole the idea and most definitely stole the name. Petrich posted on Twitter today, that he has filed a complaint with Apple.

Some reports are claiming that the new App Store version has some features that the Cydia version does not, but it has all the same features as Ryan Petrich’s version. Cydia’s Display Recorder can record mp4 video, which is viewable right on your device, and it can also simultaneously record audio from the mic. I tried Bugun’s version today, and I gotta say it is no where close to as good as the original that Petrich released a long time ago.

Of course it should be said that if you do not want to jailbreak your device, then Bugun’s version is your only option. If you want to get the App Store version, it is going for $1.99, but it may be pulled from the App Store soon. If you want the original version, you’ll have to jailbreak your device and buy it from Cydia for $4.99.


  • Smoothtalker

    Can you record both sides of a telephone conversation with this software? With the speaker phone?

  • BBL

    No, I tried that and after the first ringing started the app stopped recoding

  • From what I remember its meant not to record phone conversations, not sure why, but I figure they didn’t want to get into privacy issue. Its basically a great tool for app review and instructional purposes.

  • Real thief, It is the application totally copy from Voice Recorder HD user interface which is top downloaded recording application in AppStore.

  • e_Rapture

    This is an interesting case. Ryan doesn’t have that app on the Apple App Store and has filed a complaint with Apple, yet he has it in the Cydia store. Cydia, I would whole hardily doubt is supported by Apple. I don’t know if Apple is going to do anything for him. I feel for Ryan and hope he can find a way to get back at Bugun. I think he should take legal action instead of relying on Apple. Still this will be interesting to see play out.