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

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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.

145 Responses

  1. Sagar

    where to put the hbl folder nd its zip file pls telll pls 🙁

  2. dom

    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.

  3. Amish

    works awesome and great i love it

  4. sneh

    i have PSP GO PSP-N1001.

  5. sneh

    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

  6. sneh

    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

  7. jack105

    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…

  8. DarkGuyver

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

  9. amin

    i need cfw 6.37 for psp 3000

    • Viper Vrt 10 Acr 1

      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

  10. Paul

    This is still running on my pspgo with has ofw 6.39

  11. nigel

    i got it but why cant i load gpsp

  12. dee

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

    • toBsucht

      @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.

  13. realone

    looking for patapon explord

  14. Jose

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

  15. Jose

    Extracted I mean

  16. burntroach

    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

  17. toBsucht

    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.

  18. christian donopr

    how can i downgrade my psp into 6.35??

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

  19. toBsucht

    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^^

  20. toBsucht


  21. jm de guzman

    can i use other games like patapon 2 demo.

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