Yes, I have an iPhone 1 (3G or whatever it should be called) :)
I'm on Ubuntu 20.04 running in Virtualbox.

I have tried running iTunes under wine, but iTunes doesn't detect a device.

Various articles (see end*) suggest libimobiledevice, fuse, libmuxd, etc.

I get the following:

~$ lsusb
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 05ac:1292 Apple, Inc. iPhone 3G
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 80ee:0021 VirtualBox USB Tablet
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
$ dmesg | grep -i iphone
[  136.336274] usb 1-2: Product: iPhone
[ 1260.165423] usb 1-2: Product: iPhone
$ sudo idevicepair pair
[sudo] password for alan: 
No device found, is it plugged in?
$ sudo ifuse /media/iphone
No device found, is it connected?
If it is make sure that your user has permissions to access the raw usb device.
If you're still having issues try unplugging the device and reconnecting it.

I have tried unplug/replug. I have tried rebooting the computer.
Same result.

ifuse has an option -u, --udid UDID mount specific device by UDID
However, in theiPhone, Settings > General > About only shows IMEI and ICCID.

Any suggestions much appreciated. Thank you.






  • Did you create a mount point like /media/iphone. that does not exist unless you create it in advance. Older post. I have not had to use ppa ( as shown) to install any of the drivers with newer versions of Ubuntu. askubuntu.com/questions/909988/…
    – oldfred
    Dec 6, 2023 at 3:43
  • If all you want to do is get the info off the iphone, why are you using Linux? Why not just access it through Windows or MacOS?
    – Bib
    Dec 6, 2023 at 11:41
  • @oldfred, yes /mount/iphone. Thank you for the link: I'll try that. Maybe the driver is so old it's been removed. @Bib, I did try iTunes under Windows7 (in Virtualbox), but iTunes showed nothing in its Devices list. (I forgot about Ask Ubuntu - maybe should have posted there).
    – AlanQ
    Dec 6, 2023 at 16:15


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