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imobiledevice-net is a library which allows you to interact with iOS devices on Windows, macOS and Linux using .NET languages (such as C# or Visual Basic). It is based on the libimobiledevice library.

imobiledevice-net is compatible with recent versions of .NET Framework and .NET Core.


You can install imobiledevice-net as a NuGet package

PM> Install-Package imobiledevice-net

Advantages of imobiledevice-net

We've done some work to make sure imobiledevice-net "just works": - Better string handling: Strings are marshalled (copied from .NET code to unmanaged code and vice versa) as UTF-8 strings. This is what libimobiledevice uses natively. - Better array handling: In most cases, we'll return a

object instead of
objects when the native API returns an array of strings. - Less memory leaks: We give you safe handles instead of
objects. When you dispose of the safe handle (or you forget, and the framework does it for you), the safe memory is freed, too. - Unit testing support: You interact with libimobiledevice through classes such as
. For each of these classes, we also expose an interface, allowing you to unit test your code. - XML Documentation: Where possible, we've copied over the documentation of libimobiledevice to imobiledevice-net, giving you IntelliSense support.

How it works

We use

to parse the libimobiledevice C headers and generate the C# P/Invoke code.


See the API Documentation for more information on imobiledevice-net.

Getting started

Using the library

Before you use the library, you must call

so that
is loaded correctly:

Listing all iOS devices

The following snippit lists all devices which are currently connected to your PC:

ReadOnlyCollection udids;
int count = 0;

var idevice = LibiMobileDevice.Instance.iDevice; var lockdown = LibiMobileDevice.Instance.Lockdown;

var ret = idevice.idevice_get_device_list(out udids, ref count);

if (ret == iDeviceError.NoDevice) { // Not actually an error in our case return; }


// Get the device name foreach (var udid in udids) { iDeviceHandle deviceHandle; idevice.idevice_new(out deviceHandle, udid).ThrowOnError();

LockdownClientHandle lockdownHandle;
lockdown.lockdownd_client_new_with_handshake(deviceHandle, out lockdownHandle, "Quamotion").ThrowOnError();

string deviceName;
lockdown.lockdownd_get_device_name(lockdownHandle, out deviceName).ThrowOnError();



Binary distributions of libimobiledevice for Windows, macOS and Ubuntu Linux

We also provide binary distributions of libimobiledevice for Windows, macOS, and Ubuntu Linux.

For Windows and macOS, you can download a zip file with the libimobiledevice libraries and tools using the GitHub releases page.

For Ubuntu Linux, you can use our PPA (package archive) to install the latest libimobiledevice libraries and tools using

. See the Quamotion PPA for more information.

The native binaries are all built from the various repositories (libplist, libusbmuxd, libimobiledevice, to name a few) in the libimobiledevice-win32 organization.

For macOS and Linux, you can use autotools to compile and install the native binaries from source. For Windows, you can use the Visual Studio solution and projects hosted in the libimobiledevice-vs repository.

Consulting, Training and Support

This repository is maintained by Quamotion. Quamotion develops test software for iOS and Android applications, based on the WebDriver protocol.

Quamotion offers various technologies related to automating iOS devices using computers running Windows or Linux. This includes: * The ability to remotely control iOS devices * Extensions to libimobiledevice with support for the Instruments protocol * Running Xcode UI Tests and Facebook WebDriverAgent tests

In certain cases, Quamotion also offers professional services - such as consulting, training and support - related to imobiledivice-net and libimobiledevice.

Contact us at [email protected] for more information.

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