Flame brings export capability, customization options and more to Cydia

Among all the things you can customize in iOS with a jailbreak, one of the things we’ve not seen a whole lot of support for is Cydia, which is now fully customizable thanks to Cydia Substrate 1.1.19 and later because it runs as mobile instead of root.

A new recently released jailbreak tweak called Flame, this tweak simply provides you with an array of new customization features for the entire Cydia app.

The tweak brings a bunch of great new features missing from Cydia to make it easier for users to perform various tasks along with improving the user experience. Following are the new functionality that Flame offers:
  • Export a list of your installed Cydia tweaks and sources
  • Set a timeout duration to shorten Cydia’s refresh time especially for sources that take ages to refresh
  • Add multiple sources to Cydia at once by copying them to your clipboard
  • Automatically resprings, reboots or returns to Cydia after a tweak has been installed, removed etc.
  • Brings Pull to Refresh feature to Sources and Changes tab
  • Tap and hold on a Cydia source to copy its URL
  • Share package information from its details/depiction page
  • Auto-redirect to HTTPS wherever possible when adding a new source
  • Prevent Cydia from automatically refreshing the Changes tab when you launch it
  • Set the default page to open to when launching Cydia
  • Bunch of options for customizing Cydia’s interface
Once installed, you can get started by heading to the tweak’s preferences pane in Settings. From there, you can enable or disable each of the features that it provides along with configuring them. You can set the timeout duration, customize Cydia’s interface, choose the default tab in Cydia and much more.
To export a list of your Cydia sources and installed tweaks, go to the Installed tab in Cydia and you’ll find a new folder icon in the top left corner. Tap on it and choose the content that you’d like to export. Once the list has been generated, you can then email it to yourself.

Default Page
Here, you can choose the page that opens by default when you open Cydia. You can pick from any of the tabs you would normally be able to tap on from the bottom of the Cydia app, those include:
  • Home
  • Sources
  • Changes
  • Installed
  • Search
Refresh Settings
The refresh settings allow you to configure how Cydia’s sources are refreshed. The settings you have here include:
  • Enabling or disabling pull to refresh to refresh your sources
  • Enabling or disabling auto-refresh to save battery life
  • Choosing a custom timeout for source refreshing in seconds
Source Settings
These settings make it easier to manage and add sources. Among the options you have here are:
Tapping and holding on a source to copy its address to your clipboard
Enabling or disabling batch adding sources if multiple URLs are in your clipboard

Share and Export
If you’ve ever wanted to share details about a package in Cydia, or details about the packages you’re using on your device, these settings will be your new friend:
  • Enabling or disabling sharing links to packages in Cydia using an iOS share sheet
  • Enabling or disabling the ability to export a list of installed tweaks and sources on your device
Customize UI
This section is dedicated to giving Cydia a makeover. If you’re bored with how it looks, you’ll enjoy all the features you can play with here. The options include:
  • Enabling or disabling a global tint color
  • Choosing a global tint color
  • Choosing a navbar color
  • Choosing a navbar title color
  • Choosing a tab bar color
  • Choosing a tab bar selected color
  • Enabling or disabling a light Status Bar
  • Enabling or disabling a dark keyboard
  • Hiding or showing the ads for other tweaks on Cydia’s home page
Search Tab
Here, you’ll find options for configuring actions in the Search tab of Cydia. Options include:
Enabling or disabling the cancel button
Enabling or disabling a swipe gesture to dismiss the keyboard

Install Screen
In this section, you’ll find options related to that classic black install screen you all know and love when installing or uninstalling a jailbreak package in Cydia. Your options here are:
  • Hiding or showing the white border around the respring, reboot, or return to Cydia button
  • Choosing a border color
  • Choosing a background color
Auto Finish
If you’ve ever wished you didn’t have to tap on the button after a package was installed, and the device would respring, reboot, or return to Cydia all on its own, then this section is going to make you happy. Here you can configure any of these options:
  • Enabling or disabling the auto-finish of an installation or uninstallation
  • Having your device vibrate when an installation or uninstallation finishes
  • Choosing a time delay for the auto finish in seconds
Here's an example of what Cydia looks like after doing some updates to it and customization options..

Whether or not you should download Flame depends on whether you believe Cydia is fine as it is, or you think you want to add new functionality to Cydia that it just doesn’t have yet (or may never get).

If you’re interested in grabbing the Flame jailbreak tweak, it can be had for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository today.

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