Today we're proud to introduce 'Seas0nPass' - a new jailbreak tool designed specifically for the AppleTV.

Seas0nPass was created exclusively for the AppleTV user, as previously no AppleTV specific jailbreak tools were available. Seas0nPass allows you to easily create custom AppleTV IPSW files and restore them in iTunes (similar to the existing Pwnage Tool app). Also included is a simple 'tethered boot' option which aids in using newer AppleTV firmwares when an 'un-tethered' jailbreak is not yet available.

Seas0nPass is available for free, and is open source. The source code is available on Github.

What can I do with Seas0nPass?

  • Jailbreak the AppleTV with the latest 4.1.1 (iOS 4.2.1) software.
  • Easily perform a 'tethered boot' (when necessary).

What is the difference between a 'tethered' and 'un-tethered' jailbreak?

A tethered jailbreak requires the AppleTV to be connected to a computer for a brief moment during startup. An un-tethered jailbreak removes this restriction. Un-tethered jailbreaks are are a bit more complex and take more time to complete.

How much does Seas0nPass cost?

Seas0nPass is available as a free download - no strings attached.

What are the minimum requirements?

Mac: OSX 10.6 or later

Windows: coming soon

Can I use this on my iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device?

Nope. Seas0nPass is designed exclusively for the 2nd gen AppleTV.

Sounds great! Where can I download it?

The Seas0nPass app, and user guides can be found at Seas0nPass.com

Comments are welcome below. Enjoy Smile

Update: Seas0nPass 0.6.4 has a bug that is preventing items from the 'Manage Extras' menu from being installed. An update will be available shortly.

Update 2: 0.6.5 has the Manage Extras menu install bug fixed.

Update 3: 0.6.6 includes a handful of fixes most notably one that addresses a pesky wifi network issue.

Update 4: 0.6.7 includes a number of improvements. Full changelog here.

If you're still having trouble when using the latest version please view the troubleshooting tips here.

Comments

Submitted by Anon on January 11, 2011 - 3:11pm

I can not get it into DFU mode either. I'm holding down menu and play at the same time and itunes doesn't open up. Any thoughts?

Submitted by SuddleD on January 11, 2011 - 3:12pm

Did you boot Tethered with one of the programs? If you restart the device on 4.2.1, you must boot tethered with a tool or else it will not boot.

Submitted by thescragster on January 11, 2011 - 3:13pm

I guess that's one of the cool things about the Apple TV, it's not like a phone that has a battery that runs down. You don't often need to restart it, especially not with the 2G (due to the flash memory).

For an Apple TV, tethered booting isn't to much of a pain, especially now that Seas0nPass is here!

Submitted by andyspocket on January 11, 2011 - 3:14pm

Jailbrake seems to have gone fine, but the tethered boot will not work.

I am very detailed about this type of thing and practiced at hacks...

Following step by step. With no luck, can anyone help?

open Seas0nPass choose boot tether

connect usb to ATV

wait for rapid flashing (what exactly counts as "rapid flashing?, How long does this normally take?)

then attached power cord

immediately hold menu+play - count to 7 slowly

Seas0nPass never see DFU mode, also cancel button does nothing...

any clues?...

a clear YouTube demo link?...

Submitted by SuddleD on January 11, 2011 - 3:14pm

I guess the main difference is that this tool is made just for the aTV, so its supposed to be a simpler interface and easier to use. But, I do not think there is a main difference in functionality. Besides the facts that Redsn0w can handle more devices....

Submitted by Anon on January 11, 2011 - 3:14pm

What happened? More info please .....

Submitted by robiv8 on January 11, 2011 - 3:17pm

iTunes restore script failed!, selecting IPSW in Finder...

and now?

is this JB App also a Beta ???

Submitted by james on January 11, 2011 - 3:20pm

Even the latest Redsn0w beta doesn't actually support the AppleTV yet. Frown

Submitted by chevold.3213 on January 11, 2011 - 3:21pm

I am having the same problem, can't seem to fet into DFU mode at all. I am expirenced as well, might be a problem with 4.2.1 not entering DFU mode or seas0npass?

Submitted by james on January 11, 2011 - 3:23pm

The 'rapid' flashing light should within a few seconds of having the AppleTV connected via USB only.

Submitted by SuddleD on January 11, 2011 - 3:24pm

Read my post above, I dont think people are actually in DFU mode from the directions, you should try this:

1. Plugin your ATV into your Computer via microUSB.

2. Now reboot your ATV by holding down Menu + Down buttons together for around 6 seconds.

3. After reboot, immediately hold Menu + Play until you see the message in iTunes saying that Apple TV in recovery mode is detected.

 

Submitted by jordin23 on January 11, 2011 - 3:24pm

So none of the sources are working when installing them... James what is up with that?

Submitted by Anon on January 11, 2011 - 3:24pm

i have the exact same problem. everything seemed to work fine...i think its now bricked.
i even tried to install the official firmeware through itunes....no luck so far

Submitted by SuddleD on January 11, 2011 - 3:25pm

I think the directions are wrong, to enter DFU mode, maybe that is causing the 1600 and other errors, should be:

1. Plugin your ATV into your Computer via microUSB.

2. Now reboot your ATV by holding down Menu + Down buttons together for around 6 seconds.

3. After reboot, immediately hold Menu + Play until you see the message in iTunes saying that Apple TV in recovery mode is detected.

 

Your directions say to: "Step 4: When prompted, connect your AppleTV using a micro-USB cable (leave power disconnected), and hold both the 'MENU' and 'PLAY/PAUSE' buttons for 7 seven seconds."

 

I think that needs to be updated, but since I am at work I cannot confirm 100%

Submitted by lawrence.fleming on January 11, 2011 - 3:27pm

Come on... Nothing wrong with a bit of a belly aching...I am sure Mac users do their fair share...
Just busting to get this going!!
Mac or PC, don't really care at the end of the day....

When is the jailbreak for Ubuntu coming!!!

Submitted by jordin23 on January 11, 2011 - 3:28pm

http://forum.firecore.com/topic/3684#comment-1...

here is what we are getting.  THXs for the tools!

Submitted by chevold.3213 on January 11, 2011 - 3:30pm

It never gets into DFU mode, after step 2 the ATV reboots and I hold down Menu + Play but I never get a message in iTunes saying its in recovery mode. Only after I let go of those buttons does something happen, and it's only the ATV rebooting and NOT in DFU either.

Submitted by andyspocket on January 11, 2011 - 3:31pm

How do you know when "after reboot" has occurred?

Submitted by Anon on January 11, 2011 - 3:32pm

This is not the place to be bitching about ATV 2nd Gen.
This is about the FREE Seas0nPass Jailbreak period!
In addition, it's not anyone here being "smug" or "arrogant" other then u speaking out of turn in the wrong place!
One more thing, did you do your due diligence prior to buying ATVflash with a Win. Operating Sys?

Submitted by Anon on January 11, 2011 - 3:32pm

Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but does "tethered boot" mean you can't unplug the power and take it to another room?

Submitted by Anon on January 11, 2011 - 3:34pm

to clarify: my computer and TV are not in the same room. Does unplugging a jailbroken aTV mess the JB up?

Submitted by jordin23 on January 11, 2011 - 3:35pm

yes... in other words, cant lose power or you will have to tether boot the atv black

Submitted by jordin23 on January 11, 2011 - 3:36pm

when it tells you to plug in the hdmi you should 

Submitted by SuddleD on January 11, 2011 - 3:38pm

Yes, if you remove the power, you will have to re-boot with a tethering tool to get it to boot up again.

Submitted by SuddleD on January 11, 2011 - 3:42pm

Read my post on page 1. I think the directions are wrong...

Submitted by thescragster on January 11, 2011 - 3:43pm

Suddle is right. A tethered boot means that every time you restart the Apple TV you will need to plug it into your computer to be able to turn it on again.

The best idea is to get the Apple TV setup in your lounge (or where ever you like it) and use a laptop to tethered-boot it up.

Hope this helps Smile

Submitted by Anon on January 11, 2011 - 3:43pm

I, like so many others here, can not get the atv into DFU mode. I have downloaded season pass twice and still get stuck at the same "waiting for device to enter DFU mode..." What am I doing wrong?! Somebody please clue me in!

Submitted by andyspocket on January 11, 2011 - 3:43pm

same issue - when trying to boot as normal - but i expected that would be the case.

knowing that one must tether boot after this jalibreak... but trying to use the Seas0nPass

to tether boot, the newly jailbroke atv simply will never go in the DFU for this to happen.

 

have we all fallen prey to bricking our ATV's with the hope of 

Seas0nPass being  a hoax?

Submitted by andyspocket on January 11, 2011 - 3:44pm

...

Submitted by SuddleD on January 11, 2011 - 3:45pm

So why did you buy one then? Just to jailbreak it? There is no guarantee if you are hoping for unofficial software to be made and released. If you didn't need the core functions of it, then either build applications for it yourself, or just wait and see what the devs can do.

Submitted by SuddleD on January 11, 2011 - 3:47pm

Try this:

1. Plugin your ATV into your Computer via microUSB.

2. Now reboot your ATV by holding down Menu + Down buttons together for around 6 seconds.

3. After reboot, immediately hold Menu + Play until you see the message in iTunes saying that Apple TV in recovery mode is detected.

Submitted by Anon on January 11, 2011 - 3:49pm

I am curious why I would need to jailbreak my aTV? I see a lot of people commenting on how great this is but its not like there are any apps to download for it (or are there?)

Please provide a list of what this would be useful for at this time.

Thanks

Submitted by Raindog on January 11, 2011 - 3:53pm

I have 2 questions as I´m completely new to jailbreaking:

1. Does it mean that when creating a thethered jailbreak I always have to keep  the ATV device connected to the power plug (DURING as well as AFTER the process?

 

2. The jailbreaking software sems to need OS 10.6. Is this really true? If yes it wouldn´t be useful for me as I would like to stay (for specific software compatibility reasons) on OS 10.5.9. I hope I misunderstood the announcement.

 

Regards

Raindog

Submitted by Anon on January 11, 2011 - 3:54pm

Thanks, I saw that you suggested this process a little earlier in the thread...No dice. When I wait for seas0npass to ask for the appletv to be plugged in, I get no response from itunes from either process of putting the device into DFU mode! Hmmm, I'm out of ideas.

Submitted by Anon on January 11, 2011 - 3:58pm

Why so upset? I guess you felt like my comment applied to you and you had to reply so you can prove it.

Submitted by Anon on January 11, 2011 - 4:01pm

I get the same error over and over again... Don't know what to do anymore...

Submitted by Raindog on January 11, 2011 - 4:02pm

Hoops, unfortunately question 1 AND 2 have been answered. I CAN´T unplug ATV after jailbreaking it (which is a showstopper for me as I have connected ATV and my whole TV setup to the same power plug which I usually switch off to avoid standby power drain). AND......the jailbreak software is 10.6 only (downloaded it and it doesn´t work on my computer) which is a no go for me. 

It seems I can´t use the Firecore Beta software at all. It´s 20$ "only" but it´s 20$ down the drain. I´m not amused........Firecore should state a few things more clearly on their website to avoid very unhappy customers Frown

Submitted by caseyf.02915 on January 11, 2011 - 4:06pm

Very true... aside from a couple weather apps and an early plex client, there are little to no apps available for a jailbroken atv. The only reason right now for anyone to jailbreak their atv is to try the beta for atv Flash that firecore team have been working on.

I'm sure this is their answer to the tens of people complaining about not being able to jailbreak their updated atv. It's still a tethered jailbreak. So if you are like me and travel with your atv, wait it out a little bit longer... I'm sure an untethered is just around the bend.

Thanks firecore for all the hard work!

Submitted by Anon on January 11, 2011 - 4:09pm

if u get atv flash on ur current at ATV@ then u have a complete ATV with lots of great stuff in

Submitted by jasonw.2053 on January 11, 2011 - 4:10pm

upgrade to Mac - we obviously get what we paid for :).

Submitted by SuddleD on January 11, 2011 - 4:11pm

You dont have to be on 4.2.1 to use aTV Flash Black You can still downgrade to iOS 4.1 and jailbreak (no thether needed) and install the FlashBlack. I have it and it works fine still...

Submitted by SuddleD on January 11, 2011 - 4:12pm

Ok, sorry it didnt work. I have not tested this new app, but when I jailbroke on 4.1, that processed worked for me loading a "pwned" IPSW into iTunes to jailbreak.

Submitted by Anon on January 11, 2011 - 4:13pm

Hopefully support for Mac OS X v10.5.8 will be available... I don't have any Macs running 10.6.

Submitted by SuddleD on January 11, 2011 - 4:18pm

I have a windows download link in my account, so I don't know what you are mad about, there is a windows installer version! If you are referring to a windows jailbreak tool, then complain to the dev team, since they design those and find the exploits. Firecore makes the software to use after you jailbreak. What is the problem, I am confused?

Submitted by SuddleD on January 11, 2011 - 4:19pm

Money from who? You should never pay for a jailbreak tool!??!

Submitted by ClimbAZ on January 11, 2011 - 4:19pm

good point with ATV black and atv flash beta. There's not a whole lot ready but . . . . .that's why it's a beta. You can put Plex on it though. Pretty cool too. Though you thought a jailbreak was a pain in the butt. Would like to see a plex install as simple as SeasonPass

Submitted by ClimbAZ on January 11, 2011 - 4:24pm

it means you have to boot with the ATV plugged into your computer with the usb. When it's booted you can then unplug the usb but when it powers off or you restart you have to plug in your usb again and run the tethered boot.

Though this brings up an interesting question. Can you just do a tethered boot with SeasonPass after you've already jb the ATV?

 

 

Submitted by thescragster on January 11, 2011 - 4:26pm

Hi Raindog,

Yes you are correct. With a tethered jailbreak, everytime you disconnect the AppleTV from the power source you will have to connect it to your computer to be able to turn it on again.

In regards to the OS X version. The new application is only supported from 10.6 and above. You will ether have to update your OS X software or find a newer computer to be able to use it, sorry.

Hope this helps Smile

Submitted by ericsch333 on January 11, 2011 - 4:26pm

i have read your post Itune opens but seasonpass never go into dfu mode it lock up can't cancel please help

Submitted by thescragster on January 11, 2011 - 4:27pm

At this time, Seas0nPass is only supported by OS X 10.6 and above. I am unsure if Firecore will release a version that will sort lower software versions. I wouldn't have thought so. You may need to find a computer with newer software, sorry.