Half-Byte Loader “XMB” version

What is it?

This page is for the “XMB” version of HBL, a version of Half-Byte Loader that runs without the need for any “exploit” or “hack”.
This page is the official Download page for Half-Byte Loader
. If you have questions please check the FAQ. For the latest news about Half Byte Loader, check the HBL Category on this blog.
Half-Byte Loader (HBL) is an open source Homebrew Loader for the Sony PSP. It allows to play fan-made games on any PSP up to firmware 6.37 included. HBL allows to run emulators for the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 64, Sega Megadrive, NES, Super NES… and many other applications.

Important, if you have firmware 6.60, please check HBL for 6.60 Instead.

On this page you will find my own works related to the HBL: downloads for the latest version, and other cool stuff.


Latest stable release. Fast and reliable, this is the version I currently recommend. We don’t accept bug reports for this version!

Development version of the HBL. We only accept bug reports for this version

Additional downloads

If you’re looking for good homebrews that run on your PSP, don’t look any further, those are 15 games and utilities that will keep you entertained for hundreds of hours.

Previous Versions

Nothing here yet, but for history reasons you might want to have a look at previous versions of HBL that ran on other exploits: the Patapon2 Demo, the hot shots golf games, and the Minna no Sukkiri Demo.

How to use

Unzip the archive at the root of your psp and run from th XMB. Check the README file of the archive for more info :)

More Info

HBL is a work in progress and sometimes it might fail to load your favorite homebrew. However we believe it is harmless for your PSP and I personally test my work on several PSPs before releasing it. We are also confident that this program cannot “brick” your psp and it will not void your Sony Warranty.

HBL is open source, the compiled versions I provide are a compiled version of the sources available freely here

Need Help?

If you have questions/issues please go to the official forums

Want to Help?

HBL is a work in progress and we need your help. Bug reports, test reports, and code patches are welcome. I also accept donations if you want to support my releases.

132 Responses

  1. noah says:

    ive done everything that it tells me to do i try it the screen goes black then shuts off PLESE HELP

    • jan doe says:

      same here man i want to know the same question

    • bloosmagoos says:

      Hey, make sure the HBL that is in the root of the zip file goes in the root of your psp…there should be hbl folder, readme.txt, and h.bin files. Then, the HBL folder inside PSP>GAME in the zip file goes into PSP>GAME on your PSP. Then it should run.

      • anon says:

        hmmm…I did the same as you instructed, yet my screen still goes black after selecting the HBL EBOOT on my psp…

    • Joshi says:

      i was having the same prob thn update to 6.31 thn download the minni so kakura i dont knw the corret speeling then get 6.31 pro then downgrade to 6.20 tn hen

    • JJ says:

      same problem with me I really want help if you find an answer plz TEL ME!!!!

  2. PSPBison says:

    Now My
    PSP Bricked is By Those Freak Programs Such Like 5.50 Updater

  3. Apai says:

    why all folder are empty?are this loader can’t play iso game?

  4. Kboy35 says:

    will this work with ps1 rips for cd? please message me!

  5. mr singh says:

    can sombodt tell me i this acctuallly works cuz i relli wana hack ma psp for free.

  6. devin says:

    it works realy well all the apps work on my psp 3001

  7. mego egyption says:

    if eny body want eny thing on psp go tlake on magdi_62

  8. hjil says:

    rispiegadove lo devo mettere

  9. David says:

    Hey, theres the HBL rev 115 now
    I Think
    Put something like “What your PSP need to have” what you think it will need a PSP of a version all versions

  10. pspgo staring too suck says:


  11. Bryan says:

    Dude need help im just new in PSP3000, i just bought a secondhand PSP PATAPON Hack.. How to load game in patapon?

  12. toBsucht says:

    use hbl is really easy.
    Copy all files outof Wololo´s download to a free memory stick:
    – hbl
    – PSP
    – h.bin
    start hbl the same way as a SonyDemo-game
    or try to find a easy installer for example 6.XX Installer v1.4

  13. Kaorii says:

    Okay Since people obviously cannot figure this out:

    1. Open the Computer or My Computer (Depending on the Windows OS).

    2.Next Plug your PSP (with the data cable) OR plug it’s memory stick into a supported memory Card Reader

    3. Load the drive that has the PSP or it’s memory stick in the drive. When the Drive Letter (M: in my case) Opens, THAT IS THE ROOT MENU!!

  14. Alicja says:

    Yes.. It works.. But my PSP can´t read any Homebrew. :(

  15. Patrick says:

    Will this work on my PSP 2004, i don´t really know much about these things, i´m a real newbie. And one more question, wich probably is a stupid question but still, is PSP 200 and PSP 2004 the same? I think mine is a 2004 because it says under the start, selesct… buttons some numbers and in the end PSP-2004, so is it a 2004?

  16. Miqdad says:

    hey does dis work wid psp go ver. 6.37????????

  17. marcos says:

    call me stupid but i put the files n GAME,MP ROOT,n da first folder of my psp mem and it wont load what is xmb

    • clockdryve says:

      Okay “stupid”….ahh, just joking. The ROOT of memeory stick is the same place you se PSP,MUSIC, PICTURE…..folders. Just drop anything that belongs in “Root” location into that area and drop anywhere. Just FORGET about theose folders called “”ROOT….they are NOTHING for us.

  18. marcos says:

    finally got it but darn screen goes black tha HORROR

  19. Niels van der Werf says:


    i got an problem, ( i got an psp-3004 OFW 6,37 and an empty memory card) i downloaded HBL 6,37 and instald it but he shuts down when i start it plz help me!:'(

  20. yoman says:

    Thanks a lot
    it works
    all u need to do is to put “h.bin” and “hbl folder” in your memory stick(the place wher u have the folders of music,video,pictures,etc)
    then go to psp\game in the archive and extract the hbl folder in ur memory stick\psp\game.
    u can put ur iso games in memory stick\psp\game.
    hav fun!!

    • KIM says:

      I have psp v6.37 and the games iso are not working :( please, help me! what is the program for load this games?

      I do this instruccions:
      Thanks a lot
      it works
      all u need to do is to put “h.bin” and “hbl folder” in your memory stick(the place wher u have the folders of music,video,pictures,etc)
      then go to psp\game in the archive and extract the hbl folder in ur memory stick\psp\game.
      u can put ur iso games in memory stick\psp\game.
      hav fun!!

    • joey says:

      You are a savior THank You !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. AzagraMac says:

    Confirmed, works HBL rev113 signed Official Firmware 6.38 PSP


  22. TENOCH says:

    HEy…i´m new here, just want to say thanks for your awsome work. Stupiditly (because i was curious actually) update my PSP to 6.38, i had 6.10 and my HBL stop working, now i´ve tried HBL rev113 signed official and works with the only difference that now has a black background…..i wanted to tell you my experience just in case is helpfull for someone else….see you.

  23. shawn says:

    the isos are not working :(

  24. nick says:

    only for ppl that get black screen put the hbl folder thats not the game “HBL” outside the mp_Root where u see psp, Mp.root etc. Took me a while to figure that out

  25. nick says:

    for ppl who get a black screen put the hbl outside the Mp-Root not in. Put the hbl where u see psp, Mp_Root,etc on its own. Put the HBL folder in game folder still. Took me a while to figure that out kept getting wrong advice maybe puttin it in Mp_Root works for some ppl

    • Arshdeep SIngh says:

      after all that configuration ,,,when i started the HBL!! it did start and retuned back to the XMB but no homebrew from this website is working!! hoe do i confirm that the HBL has installed correctly?
      please help
      THANK YOU!!!

      • wololo says:

        There’s not much “configuration” going on, really, you just have to unzip the archive on your memory stick, shouldn’t be too hard.
        If HBL returns to your XMB it means something wrong happened. Instead it should show you a menu.
        HBL does *not* stay in ram, it’s not like a Hen or things like that. You need to be running within HBL’s menu in order to run homebrews.

        • Somebody says:

          actually , i hv done exactly like what u tell us to do , n i hv tried run it for several times but the screen still goes black n shut off after few minutes , well i hope that not gonna break my psp, i use PSP 3001 v/ 6.35 , do u hv any idea how to get it works ?

  26. Shaunak says:

    It is worth noting that the version of HBL for OFW 6.37 works fine for OFW 6.38 too.

  27. matt says:

    hi i have a modded psp and it modded perfectly but the only thang is it wont show up the games that i downloaded and wont play them, nothing i just dont get it, i have a psp 1001 and im using 6.20 but im not useing the patopon and exploit save game, im useing the TN HomeBrew Enabler, the faster hack, i aint no pro but i learnd some stuff, if anyone dont mind teaching me or helping me out wid this problem i would greatly appreciate it thanx

  28. JOSE says:


  29. Sagar says:

    where to put the hbl folder nd its zip file pls telll pls :-(

  30. dom says:

    Im on 6.38 PSP GO official firmware i downloaded HBL its works great also all the homebrew games i downloaded on 6.38 official firmware also work.

  31. Amish says:

    works awesome and great i love it

  32. sneh says:

    i have PSP GO PSP-N1001.

  33. sneh says:

    how i can “Override for Picodrive”
    how many source download for my psp so then i play iso and athors game play???

    plz rply me

  34. sneh says:

    i download patapon 2 damo & save data allso but i star with continue so i found error lod filed. the data is corrupted.
    plz solve urg

  35. jack105 says:

    hey i was able to run hbl on a ofw 6.37 and able to run Hellcat’s recovery flasher 1.60 ( hen detection ) I was on downgrading the firmware to ofw 6.20 using .rfp, but then an error appeared is it possible to create and use ofw 1.50? and upgrade then.. I did that already bbut my psp sytem keeps crashing… what do you think is the problem? thanks…

  36. DarkGuyver says:

    Will this version of Half-Byte Loader work on OFW 6.39?

  37. amin says:

    i need cfw 6.37 for psp 3000

    • Viper Vrt 10 Acr 1 says:

      yo update to 6.38 the use the 6.38 downgrader to go to 6.20 then install tn hen e fix then you will have cfw

  38. Paul says:

    This is still running on my pspgo with has ofw 6.39

  39. nigel says:

    i got it but why cant i load gpsp

  40. dee says:

    Please Tell Me How To Open My Recovery Mode of My Psp Go ?

    • toBsucht says:

      @dee recovery mode does not work with hbl. So you should give more information with hen/fw do you use.

      @nigel i hope you got it already .. it´s probatly the gba_bios.bin files which isn´t legal to share and most gpsp downloads doesn´t contain it. If you got the 16kb file simply copy it into the gpsp floder ^^and a rom file or the emulator may does not work.

  41. realone says:

    looking for patapon explord

  42. Jose says:

    So the first hbl you put in the root does not have to be estranged but the 2 nd one does?

  43. burntroach says:

    everything is working fine but when i load promethis iso loader i pick the iso an it starts but no game stats it just goes black

  44. toBsucht says:

    1 switch the driver from np to m-33. 2 or try iso insteed of cso format. 3 or try another hen. 4 maybe set cpu to the max.

  45. christian donopr says:

    how can i downgrade my psp into 6.35??

    can u post me a website to download a file..

  46. toBsucht says:

    hello Wololo i note: if i follow the download link to hbl 113 the description say play games on ofw6.60
    but you provide a special ver. 118 for ofw^^ also the description say 113 requires 6.35 ofw
    and thier is no link to the ver. up or down..
    (at w.net/downloads)
    just saying maybe you find it and fix it if you got the time^^

  47. jm de guzman says:

    can i use other games like patapon 2 demo.

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