[How To] Fix “Error Establishing A Database Connection” During Absinthe Jailbreak


Update 1: Version 0.1.2-2 of Absinthe has been released to direct the web clip to and help your jailbreak. Download it here.

Chronic-Dev Team has finally released the GreenPois0n Absinthe v0.1.2.-1 untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 5.0/5.0.1 firmwares. Even though the jailbreak tool is pretty simple to use but it appears that some people are getting an “Error Establishing a Database Connection” message when they launch Absinthe app during the jailbreak process. Luckily, theres an easy fix for that.

Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1:

Turn off any pass codes on your iPhone 4S or iPad 2 devices before running the jailbreak tool on your Mac or PC.

Step 2:

When you get the above mentioned error while attempting to run Absinthe, go to:

Settings > General > VPN > Turn ON.

** You must remove every other VPN configuration you might have on your device except “jailbreak” before turning the switch to ON. This is important!

Step 3:

You will get an error. Simply wait for about 3–5 seconds and your device will reboot automatically (if it doesn’t, hold down power and home buttons for a few seconds for a manual reboot).

Step 4:

On reboot, the Absinthe app will have turned into a Cydia icon.


Did the above solution work for you? Do let us know!


  • Diazjack7

    sweet! works for me!

  • Hayden Fong

    This does work!

  • Jlg

    Does NOT work for me.  it does not auto reboot, and when i force reboot absinthe is still cydia.  

  • Amir Mashal

    awesome! it worked like a charm for me.  the only issue i had is the my “calendar” app became semi-transparent now.  But upon launching Cydia (and it rebooting) it returned to its normal self

  • Jlg

    rather absinthe is not cydia

  • Usman

    do you have any other VPN configuration saved? Delete it and re-try !

  • Vicseadog

    Settings > General > VPN > Turn ONand then what? do you have to put any cofig settings in there, it has to be saved..

  • David White

    Step 1 mentions to disable any passcodes on your ios device. What if the passcode is enforced by exchange mail profile policy? In that case i can’t disable it..unless i delete the exchange profile entirely? Is this to say i can’t use the jailbreak without doing that? Has anyone out there been successful with jailbreak on phone that has a passcode enabled ?

  • Vicseadog

    White screen, VPN jailbreak is there but when turning on after error/manual reboot nothing changed.

  • Michael Janczyn

    This did not work for me. 
    My 4s did not auto restart, and after I hard reset the unit, the absinthe icon was still there, no cydia icon.

  • Vicseadog

    It works on Ipad2, Iphone 4s no-go, maybe because my ios version is 9a406?

  • Iphone4s-4va

    yahoooo….worked like a charm….thank you soooo much!!!

  • Lil’Bo$$

    very thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu =D

  • Screemberry

    Both 4S and iPad done 🙂

  • WaitWhat

    Thank you!  Worked as described!

  • acon08

    worked for me on my 4S but not on my iPad 2..any ideas?

  • Unknown

    Worked like a charm

  • Gvr

    worked for me! thanks

  • Nashferguson

    I clicked the absinthe app and it opened their website… where am i to go from here?

  • Helipil0t

    Hell Yeah!!  Thanks for the fix!!

  • D_luko

    My 4S on 5.0.1 get giving me the VPN error and NOT rebooting or turning Absinthe into Cydia; I then turned the passcode off, kept trying, ran Absinthe on the Mac two or three more times, and it finally redid the entire jailbreak from the Mac’s end; it finally just worked! 🙂

    Cliffs: if you keep getting the VPN error and not getting Cydia, rerun the jailbreak from your Mac, then retry the steps. Repeat until it works?

  • D_luko

    *My iPhone 4S on 5.0.1 KEPT giving me

  • acon08

    same thing happened to me…tried a reboot after opening the app and going to their website but I still have the Absinthe app rather than Cydia

  • is anyone’s music app working funny after the jailbreak? my music’s there, it says its playing, but nothing’s moving and no sound =( 

  • acon08

    This fixed my problem as well..thanks for the advice!

  • Vicseadog

    Music is not playin, no IPhone or Ipad2′ what we do now?

  • Aaron Guck

    Well this working on my iPad but not my iPhone.  But on the iPad every package I select says Cannot Locate Package. Is this due to the overload of folks jailbreaking?

  • Tj

    well, i decided to delete the absinthe app because it wouldnt turn into cydia, and now the jailbreak wont work again from mac end, because it keeps saying its already done? WTF? restore?

  • Matt

    I had that same problem until I rebooted the phone and ran it again.  

  • Vicseadog

    So, Itunes Match does not work. Music is all craped totally. However, thank you very much, good job.

  • Dancepartyy

    Have you managed to fix it yet Tj? I’m having the same problem. Can’t restart the jailbreak as it states it’s already done, but I deleted the absinthe icon and can’t get it to come back…

  • Camarriott

    I have the same issue man, you get it figured out?

  • Did you try re-jailbreaking with the updated version of Absinthe?

  • Nrana14

    Mine either

  • Fmd A

    “Even though the jailbreak tool is pretty simple to use but it appears that some people are getting an “Error Establishing a Database Connection” message when they launch Absinthe app during the jailbreak process.”

    Usman, a lot of your articles lack proper grammar. Is it that difficult to proofread before posting?

  • Farolo

    Try changing to a different USB Port and run the Absinthe on the MAC side again.

  • Runker

    Mine is doing the same thing

  • Runker

    Let me know if you find a fix.

  • joseph

    it works on 4s ios 5.1 ??