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You probably have read about using ssh, sftp etc to access your iPod touch. Perhaps they are strange unfamiliar things to you. But surely AFP (Apple File Protocol) is not a stranger. Afterall, you have been using it in OS X to access remote disk by hitting Command+K at the Finder.

snap_152429.pngiPod touch does not come with support for AFP but with a Jailbroken iTouch it can! You can install it via the Installer. Look for it under the “Network” category, or visit the author’s website.

After installation, the App’s control panel will show you your iTouch’s IP address. To access your iTouch, simply Command+K at your OS X’s Finder and type “afp://” (change the long numeric ip address to your own). For Leopard user, your iTouch will show up in Finder’s Sidebar under “SHARE” as well. For both methods, when asked, login as “root” with your iTouch’s root password (which is “alpine” by default if you had selected to install SSH during Jailbreaking.)

AFP Server finderDone properly, you should see two directories listed in the Finder’s window. Do not be dismay if you can’t find files or folder you are looking for. They are not missing. They are most likely, hidden. To see and hence manipulate hidden files and folders, I’d recommend using Deeper, which has an option to toggle visibility of hidden files and folders.


  • Turn off the AFP server when not in ue to save on battery. (Likewise for SSH if you have installed it.)
  • To keep the connection alive, you may need to temporarily change your iTouch’s Auto-Lock setting to “Never”, under Settings → General → Auto-Lock. This stops the iTouch from entering sleep mode and disconnects your AFP connection.


  1. Thank you for making this page.
    this was driving me nutz.

  2. “Turn off the AFP server when not in ue to save on battery. ”

    And definetly do this when on a public network, to make sure your touch is secure 🙂

  3. Good advise Beau!

    Otherwise, at the very least, change your root password. Everyone knows it’s probably “alpine”! 🙂

  4. When I tried to install the AFPd on my iTouch ver 1.1.1, I got a message saying it requires “BSD Subsystem” package. Where/what is that?

  5. Hi Paul

    BSD is a must-have package for many apps, including AFPd. You can find and install it via the Installer. Look for it under the “System” category. It’s the first package I install right after I jailbreak an iPod touch!

  6. My “service active” is switched to OFF … and i just can’t switch it to ON. Did i do something wrong? I do have the BSD Subsystem btw.


  7. @KC, AFPd 0.2 doesn’t work in 1.1.3. We have to wait for an update; I so desperately miss it.

  8. @Paul, the BSD Subsystem package can be installed via the Installer. It’s under the System category.

  9. Do you need to be connected to WiFi for this to work?

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