PKGi PS3 is a PlayStation 3 port of PSVita pkgi.
pkgi-ps3 homebrew app allows to download and install
.pkg files directly on your PS3.
- easy to use: list available downloads, including searching, filtering, and sorting.
- standalone: no PC required, everything happens directly on the PS3.
- automatic downloads: just choose an item, and it will be downloaded by the app to your HDD (
direct mode) or queued for background download (
background mode) using the internal Download Manager.
- resumes interrupted downloads: you can stop a download at any time, switch applications, and come back to resume the download later.
- content activation: the app can generate
.riffiles for downloaded content (system must be activated)
- queuing up multiple downloads is only supported when using
- background download tasks will only show up after rebooting your PS3.
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You need to create a
pkgi.txt file in
/dev_hdd0/game/NP00PKGI3/USRDIR that contains the items available for installation.
The text database format is user customizable. Check this section to learn how to define your own custom db format.
You can also load additional database files:
Items on each of these files will be auto-categorized to the file content type. Note: The app assumes that every database file has the same format, as defined in
Online DB update
You can refresh and sync an online database by adding the DB URL(s) to the
config.txt file in
url http://www.mysite.com/mylist.csv url_demos http://www.demos.com/otherlist.csv url_emulators http://www.example.com/emulators.csv
Using this setup,
pkgi.txt will be updated with
otherlist.csv , and
Next time you open the app, you’ll have an additional menu option called Refresh. When you select it, the local databases will be syncronized with the defined URLs.
Default DB format
The default database file format uses a very simple CSV format where each line means one item in the list:
||is the full content id of the item, for example:
||is a number for the item’s content type. See the table below for details. (set it to 0 if unknown)|
||is a string for the item’s name.|
||is a string for the item’s description.|
||the 16 hex bytes for a RAP file, if needed by the item (
||is the HTTP/HTTPS URL where to download the
||is the size in bytes of the
||is a SHA256 digest of the
description cannot contain newlines or commas.
EP0000-NP9999999_00-0AB00A00FR000000,0,My PKG Test,A description of my pkg,dac109e963294de6cd6f6faf3f045fe9,http://192.168.1.1/html/mypackage.pkg,2715513,afb545c6e71bd95f77994ab4a659efbb8df32208f601214156ad89b1922e73c3 UP0001-NP00PKGI3_00-0000000000000000,0,PKGi PS3 v0.1.0,,,http://bucanero.heliohost.org/pkgi.pkg,284848,3dc8de2ed94c0f9efeafa81df9b7d58f8c169e2875133d6d2649a7d477c1ae13
|Type value||Content type|
User-defined DB format
To use a custom database format, you need to create a
dbformat.txt file, and save it on
dbformat.txt definition file is a 2-line text file:
- Line 1: the custom delimiter character (e.g.:
- Line 2: the column names for every column in the custom database, delimited by the proper delimiter defined in line 1
Note: For the columns to be properly recognized, use the column tag names defined in the table above.
All the columns are optional. Your database might have more (or less) columns, so any unrecognized column will be skipped.
dbformat.txt, for a database using semi-colon (
;) as separator:
; name;TITLE ID;REGION;description;AUTHOR;TYPE;url;rap;size
Result: only the
name,description,url,rap,size fields will be used.
dbformat.txt, for a database using character pipe (
|) as separator:
| REGION|TITLE|name|url|rap|contentid|DATE|PKG FILENAME|size|checksum
Result: only the
name,url,rap,contentid,size,checksum fields will be used.
Using the application is simple and straight-forward:
- Move UP/DOWN to select the item you want to install, and press .
- To see the item’s details, press .
- To sort/filter/search press . It will open the context menu. Press again to confirm the new settings, or press to cancel any changes.
- Press left or right trigger buttons (L1/R1) to move pages up or down.
- RAP data: if the item has
.rapdata, the file will be saved in the
Where to get a
You can use a tool like RIF2RAP to generate a
.rapfrom your existing
.riffiles. Then you can use a tool like
hexdumpto get the hex byte string.
Where to get
You can use PSDLE to find
.pkgURLs for the games you own. Then either use the original URL, or host the file on your own web server.
Where to remove interrupted/failed downloads to free up disk space?
/dev_hdd0/tmp/pkgifolder - each download will be in a separate
.pkgfile by its title id. Simply delete the file and start again.
Download speed is too slow!
Optimization is still pending. If
directdownload is slow, you can use
background downloadmode to download files using the internal PS3 Download Manager.
You need to have installed:
- PS3 toolchain
- PSL1GHT SDK
- Tiny3D library
- YA2D library (an extended version from my repo)
- PolarSSL library
- MikMod library
- dbglogger library (only required for debug logging)
make to create a release build. After that, run
make pkg to create a
.pkg install file.
You can also set the environment variable
PS3LOAD=tcp:x.x.x.x to the PS3’s IP address;
that will allow you to use
make run and send
pkgi-ps3.self directly to the PS3Load listener.
To enable debug logging, build PKGi PS3 with
make DEBUGLOG=1. The application will send debug messages to
UDP multicast address
188.8.131.52:30000. To receive them you can use socat on your PC:
$ socat udp4-recv:30000,ip-add-membership=184.108.40.206:0.0.0.0 -
pkgi-ps3 is released under the MIT License.