Hackulous Shuts Down, Kills Piracy App Installous With It [Update]


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During the height of the iOS jailbreaking scene, numerous users eagerly anticipated new jailbreak releases to get their hands on Installous again, the popular and controversial piracy app made by the Hackulous team.

The app allowed users to pirate pretty much every iOS app you could think of and at the end of the day it hurt the bottom line of developers. Some users relied on Installous to ‘try out’ new apps before buying, while others just pirated apps. Regardless, the service was a black eye for Apple and its hardworking iOS developers.

Now, it appears some change has arrived as the Hackulous team has announced it has shut down for good. Their website made the following announcement today:

We are very sad to announce that Hackulous is shutting down. After many years, our community has become stagnant and our forums are a bit of a ghost town. It has become difficult to keep them online and well-moderated, despite the devotion of our staff. We’re incredibly thankful for the support we’ve had over the years and hope that new, greater communities blossom out of our absence.

With lots of love,
Hackulous Team

With the state of the iOS 6 and iPhone 5 jailbreaks up in the air, it appears the Hackulous Team feels the “community has become stagnant” and blames the lack of activity on their forums as a reason for calling it quits.

For now, Installous is no longer available but you can bet others will pop up to keep it going somehow in the future. Back in June, Installous 5 was updated to introduce BitTorrent downloading.

Have you ever tried Installous for downloading free apps?

[via iDownloadBlog]

Update: TorrentFreak has unsuccessfully tried to contact the Hackulous founder ‘Dissident’ for an update as they have been in contact before. But the site was able to get some info from people ‘familiar’ with site operations:

We did manage to speak to two other people familiar with the sites’ operations and they told us they were surprised at the decision due to a number of factors.

The sites were apparently healthy and still had plenty of users. Indeed, the shutdown statement appears to carry a contradiction – “ghost town” forums are by their very nature not particularly difficult to keep “well-moderated” since nobody uses them. Nevertheless, this is the cited reason for the shutdown.

Your guess is as good as ours as to why Hackulous shut down suddenly. Insert your conspiracy theory below in the comments.


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  • Fluxuated

    That kills too. DAMN!

  • Billco

    Paid off i bet!

  • urbanracer34

    Yes, I used it countless times before going legit.

    I’m sad to see it go, it was one of the first apps I installed every time I had jailbroken or upgraded a device to iOS that could be jailbroken.

    To me, it holds of a ton nostalgia. I pirated the crap out of the “Epic Pet Wars” pay-for apps and used the resulting additions to my EPW account to power through the ranks. Sadly, the Epic Pet Wars game shut down when I least expected it. I don’t even have a screenshot but I have his name. R.I.P. Zartatta, you were the best fighter out there.

  • Starklet

    No point in waiting for a jailbreak now 🙁

  • Tom

    torrent is a bad idea. If you are caught I seeding I think it holds a higher penalty than leeching.

  • bigblack69

    dont worry there are other ways to get free apps without installous, such as appcake or manually downloading ipa’s and syncing with itunes, with appsync

  • xxxJDxxx

    All of this stuff used to really interest me back when I got my first iphone. I was active in a lot of forums, but I’ve got to say that I too have lost interest. I haven’t even bothered to jailbreak my device for the past year or two. iOS has gotten better and apps aren’t that expensive.

  • Prailor

    though appsync still requires a JB mine came from the hackulous rep.

  • kennymatic

    Finally some good news for developers.

  • Bye bye

    Just use

  • Liam

    I use to always jail break my device but what’s the point if I can’t pirate any apps anymore ):

  • Jeve Stobs


  • Anon

    LOL this is not the end. You still have Appcake, vShare, and a new one called Zeusmos which doesn’t even require a Jailbroken phone. Appcake will most likely be the new Installous, since it’s been around for a while.

  • Anon

    Not if you’re going through a proxy, which is what you should be doing. n00bs lol.

  • mine

    why is that? i can seed my own content. also, i can seed licensed content. either way, “leeching” is not illegal. it would be absurd if it was.
    industry: adapt or die.

  • Gooru2u

    I was into the whole try before you buy thing as well but love my iPhone much more just leaving it stock. Much less frustration. So no biggie here that installous is gone.

  • Biggy604

    There is already a installous replacement. Its called IPAStore, it works like the early versions of Install0us.

  • Anon

    Not everyone can read ancient chinese hieroglyphs.