mounting iphone/ipod/ipad from command line in linux

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Sun Jun 14 09:40:28 EDT 2015

I haven't been able to mount the 4s to a Linux box and the 6+ I now have 
has no command line support in archlinux at all.  If I could get that 
working, I could pass orgmode files to the 6+ for later work and update 
the versions on the computer since org-mode is available for the iPhone.

On Tue, 12 May 2015, Willem van der Walt wrote:

> Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 04:28:17
> From: Willem van der Walt <wvdwalt at>
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> Subject: mounting iphone/ipod/ipad from command line in linux
> Hi,
> I do not have one of these devices, but am working on a product where 
> people might want to mount their iWhatevers using command line tools.
> i now have an IPod for testing.
> It gets mounted as a normal uSB storage device and seem to work, but there 
> are a number of packages for using the Apple stuff under command line 
> linux.
> e.g. libimobiledevice-utils.
> There also is a script which uses gvfs-mount to mount the 
> iphone.
> It tells me that the device, refered to by its serial number, is already 
> mounted if I boot the machine with the iPod plugged in.
> If I plug it in while the machine is running, I can use the script to 
> mount as root.  It then says the device is mounted, but not where. 
> According to the instructions that goes with the script, one should find 
> the name of the device under a directory in $HOME called .gvfs.  I do not 
> have such a directory after the mount.
> Is any of you doing what I am trying to do?
> Should I bother, or will all Apple devices be seen as a USB storage device 
> and be mounted without these other scripts?
> TIA, Willem
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