Get your iphone/ipod touch working with linux gtkpod (Debian testing)

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  1. Croydon

    Croydon ISPConfig Developer ISPConfig Developer

    As I did never write a howto before, I hope this is good enough to understand :)

    I just show the steps I did to make my ipod touch working (sync video/music...) with gtkpod on my Debian testing system as the default packages did not work for me.

    Note: This howto uses packages from the unstable section of debian!

    Use every package and this howto at you own risk - it worked for me but that doesn't mean it will work for you. Worst case it might destroy your ipod's database.
    It may be that I had some packages preinstalled so i forgot to mention them here.

    Step 1 (install prerequisites):
    apt-get build-dep libgpod gtkpod ifuse
    apt-get install git libsqlite3-dev
    Step 2 (get and install packages from sid/unstable):
    dpkg -i usbmuxd*.deb lib*.deb
    Step 3 (get and install ifuse):
    Instead of make / make install i used "checkinstall" to generate debian packages.
    git clone git://
    cd ifuse
    ./ --prefix=/usr
    make install
    Step 4 (get and install libgpod):
    git clone git://
    cd libgpod
    ./ --prefix=/usr
    WARNING!! amarok and some other apps use libgpod4. if you use checkinstall as i did, you have to change package name to libgpod4 and remove libgpod-common and libgpod-dev to avoid conflicts during installation.
    make install
    Step 5 (get and install gtkpod):
    git clone git://
    cd gtkpod
    ./ --prefix=/usr
    make install
    Step 6 (make mountpoint and make it user-mountable - replace "myuser" with your username):
    mkdir /media/ipod
    chown myuser:fuse /media/ipod
    usermod -a -G fuse myuser
    Step 7 (prepare ipod/iphone):
    You have to completely log out (even end kde or gnome) and relogin before being able to mount as user
    # (re)plug in your ipod/iphone 
    # mount ipod/iphone
    ifuse /media/ipod
    # get serial info of the device
    sudo lsusb -v | grep -i iSerial
    -> ea343c78a3c22dec235eca4fc40131c020babc75 (e.g.)
    # read ext sysinfo and write file
    ipod-read-sysinfo-extended ea343c78a3c22dec235eca4fc40131c020babc75 /media/ipod
    You can now run gtkpod and (hopefully) use it!
    Remember you always have to run the ifuse mount command before starting gtkpod the first time.

    Plase sync your ipod/iphone with itunes on a windows pc before using it with gtkpod.

    Amarok (at least v2) does still not work with ipod/iphone after following these steps - if you get it to work, please tell me how ;)

    To put your ogg files on the ipod they need to be converted to mp3 - gtkpod does this if you have installed the packages "vorbis-tools" and "lame" (found in debian-multimedia).
    If you get an error 6 on ogg to mp3 converting try changing
    decoder="oggdec" ; options="--output - --" ;;
    decoder="oggdec" ; options="-Q --output - --" ;;
    in the file

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    Last edited: May 8, 2010

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