Homebrew Browser

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Template:Infobox homebrewapp The Homebrew Browser allows you to download the latest homebrew applications and games all through your Wii. You don't need to take your SD card out. You don't even need a computer! You can also delete homebrew you no longer want.

No more dead links, no more extracting files, no more finding out that the homebrew application doesn't include an icon.png and meta.xml in the zip file!

Note: Not all applications/games are included yet. They will be added over time.


  • One click download and install for each homebrew application
  • One click deletion of homebrew applications
  • One click update for homebrew apps
  • Auto updating when your Homebrew Browser version is out of date


Currently this application is limited to homebrew applications consists of boot.dol/elf, meta.xml and icon.png. Homebrew applications that load other files from the SD card won't be on the Homebrew Browser list.


Run the included ELF with your favourite method to boot homebrew. Uses the Wiimote with IR.

Blue Tick - You have the latest version of that homebrew application installed.

Grey Tick - You don't have the latest version of that homebrew application installed.

Button Action
Wiimote A Button Click button
Wiimote - Button Previous 6 homebrew applications
Wiimote + Button Next 6 homebrew applications
Wiimote HOME Button Return to loader

If you need to correct your IR cursor in the application, use:

Button Action
Wiimote D-Pad Up Y - 25
Wiimote D-Pad Down Y + 25
Wiimote D-Pad Left X - 50
Wiimote D-Pad Right X + 50

Homebrew Apps in HBB

Date Added Application
8 July 2008 WiiPhysics v1.3
7 July 2008 SpaceShooter v0.2
6 July 2008 Chess v0.0.2 and MahJongg Wii v0.1 Beta
5 July 2008 Tanks v0.3a and ftpii v0.0.9
2 July 2008 ftpii v0.0.8, Bubble Dizzy v0.94 Beta, SD Explorer v0.9, WiiPaint v1.0, Sudoku2 v0.2b and Trojan Wii v0.1
1 July 2008 Duck Hunt v1.81
30 June 2008 WiiPhysics v1.2
29 June 2008 Touhou Fangame v0.1a, Another Rock Paper Scissors Game v0.2, Sudoku v0.1b, Snake2 v2.1 beta, Matching Cards v0.2, Bichejos v0.1, PONG v1.1, MAsteroids v0.4, CharioMan v0.1a, Scogger v0.2, Simon v0.3, WiiPoker v0.1, Ballion v1.7, Minesweeper v0.1, Asteroids v0.1, Rock Paper Scissors v1.0, Chess v0.0.1 and Tetris v1.2

How it works

  1. The Homebrew Browser (HBB) contacts the main server to receive a list of current homebrew applications. The list includes the application names, image file sizes, boot file sizes and whether it is a dol or elf file.
  2. HBB checks to see if the user has the latest image files (stored in /temp) for all homebrew listed. If the image is out of date or missing, it downloads the image file.
  3. Once in HBB and when selecting a game to install, it downloads the icon.png, meta.xml and boot.dol/elf files from the server.

Notes for Homebrew Developers

How icons for HBB are selected

If there is no icon.png file in a homebrew application then an icon is included if one can be found.

If there is no name on the icon and if the picture doesn't represent very clearly what the application does then it is replaced with an icon that has a name.

Homebrew Application folder naming

I will stick to the folder names used when you extract each homebrew application. Folders with spaces will be replaced with underscores. If your files don't come in a folder, then a folder name will be created. If your homebrew application used a folder name before HBB and you've updated your application, the user will notice that there is an update to your application.

An example is MAsteroids. The game was developed before HBB. Lets say that the game gets updated. Since they are using a folder name, I can simple place the new boot.dol/elf on the server, change the file size and when the user loads HBB it will notice that they have an existing install of MAsteroids and then the user can update to the latest version.

To make my life easier...

  • Include an icon.png and a meta.xml file with your homebrew application.
  • Try to follow the meta.xml standard and test your meta.xml file in HBC.
  • Include a date and version number with your homebrew release, otherwise I will use the timestamp from the boot.dol/elf file and name it v0.1.
  • Put your homebrew application files into a folder and then zip up that folder. Try to keep using that folder name for the homebrew applications life.


4 July 2008 (v0.1.2)

  • Added checks to make sure the server response is valid
  • Uses new graphics made by LowLines
  • New mouse pointer
  • "New" icon appears depending on the time
  • Uses GRRLIB 3.0.1a
  • (A few hours later) Fixed images getting corrupted when loaded previous and next 6 images a few times

30 June 2008 (v0.1.1)

  • Fixed issue with requesting files from server (thanks joedj)
  • Enabled auto updating (press B when asked if you don't want to update)
  • New logo and HBC icon (thanks LowLines)

29 June 2008 (v0.1)

  • Initial Release

To do

  • Support applications that load files from the SD card (in progress)
  • Support installation of HBB via Wiiload
  • Don't use a black screen when loading
  • Find calm background music
  • Divide the applications into categories
  • Print text on images at run time, instead of having images with text
  • (Distant future) Allow users to change the default icon
  • Download statistics
  • Prompt user if they want to keep their existing icon for a homebrew application they are updating


  • LowLines for the Homebrew Browser logo, HBC icon and all other graphics
  • joedj for network code in ftpii
  • NoNameNo and RedShade for GRRLIB
  • Thanks to all the Wii homebrew developers and HBC icon creators
  • Thanks to all the v0.1 testers

Homebrew Browser was written in C using devkitPPC (CVS 20080618) and libogc with libfat and GRRLIB.