One of the reasons that many people jailbreak their iOS device is to gain access to iOS’s filesystem. There are several tweaks available in Cydia that allow you to achieve this such as iFile or Filza File Manager. However, SpotFile is a brand new jailbreak tweak that allows you to view your device’s filesystem directly from Spotlight.
With SpotFile, you can type in a filesystem’s directory path in Spotlight in order to view the directory’s contents and locate the file you’re searching for without opening iFile or any other file manager tweak. You can also navigate through any directory, open folders as well as go to the previous path. For instance, you can type in /var/mobile in Spotlight in order to view the files and folders available in that particular directory.
Apart from providing a quick access to filesystem from Spotlight, the tweak comes with extra functionality as well. Once you’ve located a file or folder, tap on the ‘i’ mark next to it to perform the following actions:
- Open the file or folder in iFile or MyFile
- Install a Debian package
- Delete the file or folder
- Create a new mail in the Mail app and attach the item to it
- Upload the item to Dropbox
- Save the selected image to the Photo Library
- Copy the directory’s path
The developer also notes that more features will be added soon such as the ability to rename items or preview images.
Spotfile also adds an icon to your Home screen where you can configure the tweak. You can enable or disable viewing hidden files, resolve application names as well as link the tweak to your Dropbox account so that you can upload a file or folder it.
Spotfile is a Search Loader add-on so you can open Search Loader’s preferences pane from the Settings app to hide/unhide filesystem results from Spotlight or move the filesystem search results to the top of Spotlight or any other position.
If you browse your device’s filesystem regularly and want a quicker way of accessing it, you might want to check out SpotFile. The tweak is compatible with iPhone and iPad devices running iOS 7 and is available for $1.49 in Cydia.