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Wiiload is a method of loading .dol and .elf files over the network. If the icon in the very bottom right of the Homebrew Channel is lit up, it should work for you.

First, download the .elf package, which includes all version of Wiiload, from the official homebrew channel site. Then determine your Wii's IP address by pressing the home button on the Wiimote at the Homebrew Channel's main screen. After that, follow the instructions for your operating system.


  • Set the environment variable by going to Control Panel - System - Advanced - Environment Variables, then click "new" under either category. The variable name is WIILOAD and the value is tcp:yourIP, where yourIP is the Wii's IP/hostname. Click "OK" here and in System Properties.
  • Turn the Wii on and go to the homebrew channel.
  • Go to wherever you put the pack you downloaded and extracted in step one, open the Wiiload folder, and open the win32 folder. You should see a single executable, wiiload.exe. Drop a .elf on this and it should load on the Wii.
  • You can create a shortcut and drop files on that, if you prefer.
  • You can also copy wiiload somewhere convenient (like %windir%\system32) and use the command line:
wiiload <filename> <application arguments>

GUI Application

Right-click Context Menu Automated Installation And Default Icon For .ELF In Windows

A tool to accomplish this is available at http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Send_ShellExtension.

Right-click Context Menu

Warning! Messing in your Registry is risky, if you mess it up, Wiibrew or I hold no responsibility!

  • Make sure wiiload.exe is in c:\windows\system32
  • Paste this into a Notepad document and save it as wiiload.reg
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.elf\shell\Send to Wii\command]
@="wiiload %1"
  • Then, double-click the file and choose to "Import into Registry". You may, if you wish, now delete the wiiload.reg file.
  • Now you can right click any .elf file, and "send to wii" :)

Of course, you still need the system variable set correctly. Works under Vista



  • Set the environment variable by opening up Terminal (in Applications/Utilities) and entering "export WIILOAD=tcp:yourIP" where yourIP is the Wii's IP.
  • Still in Terminal, cd to the folder where you extracted the file from step one. If you extracted the file to your Documents folder, this would be "cd ~/Documents/the_homebrew_Channel-beta_7/wiiload/osx".
  • Still in terminal, enter "chmod 755 wiiload".
  • For convenience sake, put the file you wish to load in the same directory as this file.
  • Turn the Wii on and go to the homebrew channel.
  • In terminal, enter "./wiiload boot.elf", assuming the .elf is called boot.elf and is in the same directory as wiiload.

Mac GUI Applications


Well, there is a GUI developed by ifletcher, currently, it's built for intel macs only! There is need for a PPC Build, the Developer can't build it for PPC, because he has an Intel Mac, the program is written in FreePascal using Lazarus, so it should be compatible with Windows and Linux, there are just some parts that need to be rewritten! Here you can Download the current Version of the TCPLaunch App for Intel Macs.


I included wiiload in this application, i hope it's not a problem for the devs! If you want to port this source to Mac OS X PPC, Windows or Linux, just send me an email to "christian (dot) kaik (at) googlemail (dot) com". If you need support, just send me an email with msn/aim!


** UPDATED ** I have made a straightforward, universal, Pashua and CocoaDialog based GUI available here (this is an esnips page so make sure you have ad blocking turned on). The app is a universal binary and supports OS X 10.3.9 - 10.5.x, the app's installer includes WiiLoad so no other copies are needed to run it. If you have any questions, suggestions or need support refer to the old version's talk page, the FAQ there is still relevant and updated. nliwilson. In the process I created a small icon for WiiLoad that is available here in jpeg format. WiiLoad icon.jpg


Approximately the same method as the mac.