The Homebrew Channel is a self-updating homebrew application loader by Team Twiizers which allows users to load homebrew applications without having to run the Twilight Hack every time. Once installed, users can access the channel from the Wii Menu just like any other Wii channel. It can launch homebrew applications from an SD or SDHC card or via TCP/USB Gecko using Wiiload. The installer is compatible with the 23 Oct Updates, though not with System Menu 4.0. This means that if you have an old version of the Homebrew Channel and you update to 4.0, you will not be able to update HBC untill a new installer is made. System Menu 4.0 will not, however, remove the Homebrew Channel if it is installed before updating.
- 1 Download
- 2 Installation
- 3 Configuring Applications
- 4 Controls
- 5 Removal
- 6 Changelog
- 7 FAQ
- 8 Bugs
- 9 Easter Eggs
The Homebrew Channel can be downloaded from the official site.
Using Twilight Hack
Assuming the Twilight Hack is already installed on your Wii;
- Download the installer from the link above.
- Expand the archive to find README.txt, wiiload and boot.elf or boot.dol
- Place the boot.dol file in the root of your SD card.
- Run the Twilight Hack, and allow the installer to load.
- READ THE DISCLAIMER! In the VERY unlikely case your Wii should be bricked by the installer, this will let you know where you stand in regards to Team Twiizers.
- Press the RESET button on your Wii.
The installation should be automatic from this point on, and your Wii will reboot.
In order to make an application appear in the Homebrew Channel, the following steps must be taken:
- Make a folder on the root of your SD card called "apps".
- In the folder "apps," create a folder for the application (for this example, ScummVM will be used).
- Copy the files for the application into its folder (e.g. apps/scummvm/).
- Find the executable file (either .elf or .dol) and rename it to boot.elf (or boot.dol if it was a .dol file) if it is not already named that (e.g. apps/scummvm/boot.dol). If the app comes with these files, copy the icon.png and meta.xml files into this folder.
Now the application will appear in the Homebrew Channel. However, if the application did not come with icon.png or meta.xml, its appearance on the menu is ugly, and difficult to distinguish from other applications. To fix this, text and an image can be added.
To add text to an application in the Homebrew Channel, do the following: (note: you may install the Homebrew Browser and download pre-formatted apps without performing this step for every app)
- Make a file in the folder of the application (e.g. apps/scummvm/) called "meta.xml" (e.g. apps/scummvm/meta.xml).
- Open "meta.xml" in Notepad and add the following text as a template:
- Add the appropriate information in between the relevant indicators. For example, the name of the application goes between <name> and </name>. The purpose of each field is as follows:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?> <app version="1"> <name></name> <coder></coder> <version></version> <release_date></release_date> <short_description></short_description> <long_description></long_description> </app>
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?> <app version="1"> <name>The name of the application</name> <coder>The name of the person or group that wrote the code for the program.</coder> <version>The version of the application.</version> <release_date>The data the application was released. It has to be a timestamp using this format: YYYYmmddHHMMSS</release_date> <short_description>This is displayed on the main menu of the Homebrew Channel (before you select an application) and is used as a space to add a few words to describe the program.</short_description> <long_description>This is displayed once the application is chosen. It describes the program and its function in great detail, and can be used to elaborate on a program's controls.</long_description> </app>
An example of a completed "meta.xml" for ScummVM is provided below:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?> <app version="1"> <name>ScummVM</name> <coder>dhewg</coder> <version>rev32231</version> <release_date>200805230000</release_date> <short_description>Point & Click Adventures</short_description> <long_description>ScummVM is a program which allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, provided you already have their data files. The clever part about this: ScummVM just replaces the executables shipped with the games, allowing you to play them on systems for which they were never designed! Some of the adventures ScummVM supports include Adventure Soft's Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2; Revolution's Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2; Flight of the Amazon Queen; Wyrmkeep's Inherit the Earth; Coktel Vision's Gobliiins; Westwood Studios' The Legend of Kyrandia and games based on LucasArts' SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) system such as Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max and more.</long_description> </app>
Adding an Icon
- See also: Homebrew Channel/Icons
In order to make icons for the Homebrew Channel show up, they must be in .png format with dimensions of 128x48 pixels. The full alpha channel can be used. Copy it into the folder of the application under the name "icon.png" (e.g. apps/scummvm/icon.png).
Complete Setup Format
You should have a compatible SD or SDHC card. See here for a list of SD and SDHC cards known to be compatible or incompatible. Note: it is by no means a complete list.
An SD card should be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. After you have installed the apps on your SD card, its folder structure should look something like this:
- Removable Disk (eg: (E:) on Windows and where it is mounted to on Linux or Mac OS X eg: /media/disk/ )
If you have any problems having your Applications showing up on the 'HBC', make sure you are following the correct format.
|/||/||Move through the applications Up/Down|
|or||or or||Change applications page left|
|or||or or||Change applications page right|
|Returns from app screen|
Removing the channel can be done by simply deleting it with the channel management in the Wii system software.
- Fixed B button issues
- Wiimotes now keep the ordering from the System Menu (libogc)
- Hopefully fixed the USB Ethernet Issues
- Fixed wiimote auto-shutdown (libogc)
- Hopefully fixed "video after shutdown" Issues (libogc)
- Changes to () -> *
- meta.xml now handles all ISO-8859-1 characters properly
- Wiimote power button support (shutdown)
- Wiimote rumble honors system setting
- Fixed some crash bugs
- Fix meta.xml UNIX style newline regression
- All wiimotes work now, not just the first one
- Classic Controller support
- Nunchuk support (scroll only)
- Guitar Hero 3 guitar support
- Left and right change pages too
- Hit 1 on Wiimote for net reload (like net icon click or GC Z)
- Add information to installer
- Fixed some networking issues with net disabled
- Pushed in some text to avoid overscan crop
- Widened video width to match system menu ("black bars" fix)
- B returns from app screen (unless scrolling)
- Try to initialize network earlier
- Retry network init a few times
- Fix a networking issue (libogc)
- Reload stub now identifies itself (magic number)
- Support broken HTTP proxies in update check
- Show IOS revision in main menu
- Installer / updater now works with the October 23 update
- SDHC support
- REALLY fixed the memcard bug
- Installer now picks newest sane IOS, fixes some beta8 regressions
- Added a reload button (for SD card changes)
- Return to system menu skips warning
- Fixed some graphical glitches
- Compliant ELF loading code (if you get errors use ELF to DOL Converter)
- Saner XML load code
- Many fixes to underlying stuff in the newer libogc
- you don’t need to eject your memcards anymore
- switched from IOS35 to IOS21, this makes the hbc usable on older firmwares
- improved SD card loading performance (thanks, svpe!)
- improved some translations
- the IP label isn’t cut off anymore
- fixed argv support when loading SD apps
- fixed a minor wiiload issue
- the SD app entries are now sorted alphabetically
- wiimote rumble support
- installer overhaul, it now warns you if your System Menu is too new (future updates)
(Initial Public Release besides chainloader)
- minor bugfixes and last GUI updates
- more translations
- ISO distribution
- first public beta
- GUI overhaul chapter two
- wiimote dragging on memo widget
- auto disconnect wiimote after idle time
- various fixes
- GUI overhaul chapter one
- IR pointer smoothing
- improved argv support
- fixed bugs introduced with wiimote code
- fixed update bugs
- SD card is scanned for boot.dol then boot.elf
- wiimote IR cursor
- flicker fix
- stable wiimote libraries
- argv support
The official FAQ from the developers of the Homebrew Channel can be found here.
If you believe you've found a bug in the Homebrew Channel, report it here.
Pop the Bubbles!
Being able to pop the bubbles in the background of the HBC was a frequent request, and as of 1.0, it is possible.
Press + and the animated background will be the only thing visible, along with a score counter in the bottom right hand corner. Place the hand cursor over any bubble and it will pop, spawning smaller bubbles and adding to the score counter. The smaller bubbles can also be popped. When you are done, press + again to return to the list of applications.