Wii Homebrew Launcher

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Wii Homebrew Launcher
Wii Homebrew Launcher.png
Author(s)Hell Hibou
Wiimote1.svg ClassicController.svg GameCube Controller DVD Loads files from the Front SD slot Loads files from SDHC cards in the Front SD slot SD Gecko USB mass storage device Local WiFi

Wii Homebrew Launcher is an interface similar to that of the Wii menu, with functionality similar to the Homebrew Channel. It allows the execution of homebrew applications stored on the SD card in the Wii front SD slot. Each program is represented by its own customizable "channel".


  1. Copy boot.elf to an SD card
  2. Create a folder named 'HOMEBREW' or 'APPS' on the root of the SD card, USB-flash, DVD or a SMB directory share (Windows share).
  3. For each homebrew application:
    1. Create a folder in the homebrew folder (example: X:\homebrew\12345678)
    2. Place The elf or dol in that folder and name it "boot.elf" or "boot.dol"
    3. OPTIONAL: For a custom name: add a "title.txt" containing the channel's title
    4. OPTIONAL: For a custom image: add a "title.png" 132x95 pixels.
  4. Any files related to a homebrew can be put anywhere, despite what it may seem in the example.

Emulator interface

The Wii Homebrew Launcher can be used for launching a ROM file with an emulator. A patched version of RIN is include in the ZIP file. Copy the content of "SD" directory in the root of the SD card. Put the ROMS into the /EMULATOR/RIN/ROMS/ directory. Optionally, a .bmp or .png file can be used with the same name of the rom file (just change the extension) of 132x95 pixels.

Homebrew compatible with the interface emulator :


It can be launched from the Twilight Hack or be installed as channel. It requires the use of a Wiimote or a GameCube controller.

GameCube Controller ClassicController.svg Wiimote.svg Action
Gamecube A Button Classic a Button Wiimote A Button Launch the Channel
Gamecube B Button Classic b Button Wiimote B Button Preview screen
GameCube L Trigger/GameCube R Trigger Classic - Button/Classic + Button Wiimote - Button/Wiimote + Button Change Page
GameCube D-Pad Classic D-Pad Wiimote D-Pad Select a Channel
GameCube START Button Classic HOME Button Wiimote HOME Button Show/Hide Menu
GameCube Z Button ? Wiimote 1 Button Refresh Channel List / Read DVD


SMB share (Windows share)

  • To launch homebrew from a computer, create a directory (eg Wii.), create folders, apps or emulator in it and place in homebrew applications.
  • Share this directory (SMB eg.).
  • Create / Edit a file SYSTEM/CONFIG/SMB.INI of the SD card.
Server   =
Share    = wii
User     = gest
Password =


To install a translation unzip the archive in the root of the SD card. Check the Downloads section for available translations.

To make a translation, create a file called lang.ini and put it in the SYSTEM/CONFIG/ folder. Each line is a message to be translated. Only modify what is on the right of the = sign.

Here is an example:

nohomebrewfound = No Homebrew found
emulator	  = Emulators
homebrewmenu	  = Homebrew menu
return		  = Return
wiimenu	  = Wii menu
restartloader	  = Restart loader
shutdown	  = Shutdown Wii
homebrew	  = Homebrew
applications	  = Applications
themes		  = Themes
themedefault	  = Default theme
wiichannels	  = Wii Channels
pressa		  = Press (A)
invalidexe	  = Invalid executable file
receptinprogress = Reception in progress...
connexionerror	  = Error data reception
nofilesfound	  = No files found


Skins must be installed in the SYSTEM/THEME/THEME NAME folder of the SD card. To make a skin there must 24-bits bitmaps or PNG files must be created:

  • bar.png : Bar at the bottom of the screen
  • Bkgr.png : Background
  • Button1.png : Unselected button
  • Button2.png : Selected button
  • Default.png : Default icon for homebrew channel
  • Empty.png : Empty icon for homebrew channel
  • Font.png : Font
  • FontLight.png : Font lite
  • Right.png : Right arrow
  • Left.png : Left arrow
  • Select.png : Image for selected channel
  • Sprite.png : Mask to apply at channel icon bar.png
  • Used.png
  • Cursor.png : Cursor
  • MsgBox.png : Message box
  • Dir.png : Directory icon

Images could have any size, except default.png and sprite.png . They need to be 192 x 95 pixels.

There must also create a file called theme.ini with the following information: Colors are in RGB in version >= 0.8.

ColorFontBar = 0x808080
ColorFontMenu = 0xFFFFF
ColorMenu = 0xFFFFFF
BackgroundInMenu = 1



Custom Icon Pack

Custom Skins