iPhone backup tools
Are you storing unencrypted iPhone backups on your personal computer? With very little effort, we can dump all the saved messages from the backup, as well as notes, photo locations, and other data.
Check out my recently updated post about my work on backups here: Reverse Engineering the iOS Backup
This tool is also still fairly experimental, so use at your own risk! Even though the tool opens the backup files as read-only, you should still make a copy of your backups before using this if they are important.
Currently works on macOS, not tested on windows but should work on windows by setting the attribute
--dir to the backups directory location.
This readme is intended to be an overview of features. Please read the wiki for more up-to-date and in-depth examples, and examples of how to make and use reports.
iOS Support depends on the individual reporting types and which files are specifically present inside of the backup. When a report type is not supported, an error message is outputted to the terminal. Some reports, will output an error message if files that are required are not present in the backup.
the full report list is available on the wiki
Installing (as a module)
npm i ibackuptool --save
const bt =// Call the backups.list report.bt
Installing (as a global command line tool)
# Install directly from NPMnpm i -g ibackuptool# If you prefer, you can do this manually:# Clone this repo, then run:# Install Globally on your system.npm i -g# Or, If you really want:# Clone this repo, then run:npm installrun `node tools/index.js` # use this instead of ibackuptool
# List all the backups on the systemibackuptool -l# I'm using "0c1bc52c50016933679b0980ccff3680e5831162" as a placeholder.# The list of backups contains the different UDIDs in the first column.UDID="0c1bc52c50016933679b0980ccff3680e5831162"# Run ibackuptool --help to get a list of reports that are availableibackuptool -b $UDID --report '$TYPE'
You can also provide a comma separated list of reports to generate. Additionally, there is a special
all report type which will run all available reports. This is best paired with the
-o option for saving to disk and the
-f option for selecting a format such as CSV, or JSON.
# Run all phone reports and wifi report.ibackuptool -b $UDID --report 'phone.*,system.wifi'# Report all possibleibackuptool -b $UDID --report all
iBackupTool now supports multiple kinds of data export, which can be selected using the
table- Selected data columns in an ascii table
json- Selected data columns for display (same data as
csv- CSV file containing selected columns (same data as
Additionally, there are more comprehensive export functions that will export ALL the data collected, and keep original formatting and columns:
raw-csv- Full-data CSV export from each of the tables.
raw-json- Full-data JSON export from each of the tables. This output can be quite large.
Additionally, for the
raw-json types, there's a
--join-reports flag which will merge all of the data into a single JSON file, where the top level object has a key for each report type that is selected.
# Generate both wifi and calls reports, joined as JSONibackuptool -b $UDID -r systme.wifi,phone.calls -f json --join-reports
Output to disk
-o <path> (
--output <path>option specifies a folder to export reports to. If the directory does not exist, it will be created. For joined JSON reports, a single json file is exported instead of multiple files in a directory.
# Export wifi, calls, voicemail as CSV files to disk in a folder named "exported/"ibackuptool -b $UDID --report system.wifi,phone.calls,phone.voicemail -f csv -o exported
first, install tap
You should make a backup of the backups you look at using this tool, even though they are opened as read-only, you should still do that do you don't accidentally do something to lose data.
Copyright © 2017-2018 Richard Infante.
Available under the MIT License.
DISCLAIMER: This tool enables the extraction of personal information from iPhone backups located on a computer drive. The tool is for testing purposes and should ONLY be used on iPhone backups where the owner's consent has been given. Do not use this tool for illegal purposes, ever.
The project contributors and Richard Infante will not be held responsible in the event any criminal charges be brought against any individuals misusing this tool and/or the information contained within, to break the law.