How to Charge iPad, iPhone, iPod in Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10

11 May

This simple and brief tutorial is going to show you how to charge Apple devices in Ubuntu system via USB port. There’s a project ipad_charge that provides USB charging control utility used to enable/disable charging of an Apple device connected to USB port.

This tutorial works on all Ubuntu releases (not only Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10 as the title said), Linux Mint and even other Linux.

List of supported devices:

iPad Mini
iPod Touch 2G
iPod Touch 3G
iPod Touch 4G
iPhone 3GS
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
iPhone 5

Install ipad_charge in Ubuntu Linux:

Hit “ctrl+alt+t” to open terminal, then run this command to install required packages:

sudo apt-get install libusb-1.0-0 libusb-1.0-0-dev

Then get the source code:

git clone

Finally, install ipad_charge to /usr/bin, and 95-ipad_charge.rules to /etc/udev/rules.d via following 3 commands:

cd ipad_charge/
sudo make install

After installation, reboot. The udev rule automatically enables charging when an iPad is connected.

Simply running ipad_charge with no arguments enables charging on all connected iPads. Running with argument --off disables charging.
If you want to control only one device, set environment variables BUSNUM and DEVNUM.
For example $ BUSNUM=004 DEVNUM=014 ipad_charge --off


Posted by on May 11, 2013 in iPad, iPhone, Ubuntu


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2 responses to “How to Charge iPad, iPhone, iPod in Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10

  1. Diego

    November 28, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Just go to this website and download your code needed.. just simply install, there’s for 32 and 64 bit updated



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