2020-10-23: iSH is back!

iSH Shell is up on the Apple App Store! This used to be only on a TestFlight beta with limited access so I’m glad it’s finally in the App Store for use.

They didn’t bundle the Alpine Linux package manager apk in the App Store version though (likely due to App Store rules) but at least you can make it work by downloading apk yourself.

wget http://dl-cdn.alpinelinux.org/alpine/latest-stable/main/x86/apk-tools-static-2.10.5-r1.apk
cd /
tar xvzf ~/apk-tools-static-2.10.5-r1.apk
ln -s /sbin/apk.static /sbin/apk
cd
apk

Once you’ve done that, you can pretty much use it like a normal terminal environment and do some lightweight scripting / coding work. It’s perfect if you use an iPad Pro or Air and have the Magic Keyboard with you.

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