Homebrew Applications

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Installing[edit]

Applications are installed by copying the necessary files directly to the 3ds/ folder in the root of the SD card, or in a subdirectory of "3ds", in which case said subfolder must be named identically to its executable. Most applications come with two files:

  • (app name).3dsx: The executable.
  • (app name).smdh: The icon/metadata. (Not required in any case, and may be integrated into the .3dsx)
  • (app name).xml: The list of supported targets, i.e. installed titles which the app supports replacing in memory at runtime, thus inheriting its permissions. (Optional)

The Homebrew Launcher will scan the sdcard for all .3dsx files, but will only display an icon for those who have one according to the format described above. Recent enough versions can freely navigate the filesystem to select an application.

List[edit]

Official Launcher[edit]

Name Description Author Download Open-Source
Homebrew Launcher Run homebrew on your 3DS! smea Here Yes
Homebrew Starter Pack Everything to get you started. smea Here Yes

Applications[edit]

Name Description Author Download Open-Source Last Updated
3DS HomeMenu extdata Tool Tool for accessing the SD extdata which Home Menu uses. This essentially allows writing custom themes to extdata which get loaded at Home Menu startup. yellows8 [1] Yes
3DS Nyan Cat 3DS Nyan Cat using LIBSF2D. markwinap Here Yes
3dsfetch Small 3DS version of a popular Linux ricing script called screenfetch VideahGams Here Yes
Brainfudge Alpha brainfuck interpreter V0idst4r Here Yes
ctrrpc A small and easily extensible RPC server/client written in C/Python. Allows you to quickly poke service-commands and syscalls over wifi from a Python shell on your PC. Useful during reverse-engineering. plutoo N/A Yes
ctr-streaming-server This is a server which runs on a 3DS, which receives audio/video for playback. This can also send HID state to the client (see the README) when enabled. The included parse_hidstream tool can be used to parse that HID data to simulate keyboard/mouse input events, via Linux uinput. yellows8 N/A Yes
Custom Home Menu Manager 2 Theme manager for Nintendo 3DS Rinnegatamante Here Yes
DownloadMii This is a WIP homebrew online store. filfat Latest Yes
Homebrew Browser Download homebrew from the internet! cromo zeta0134 Here Yes
fb43ds This is a simple Facebook's chat client linoma Here Yes
for-anyone-who-walks-a-lot Tool to get past the 10 coin per day limit on earning Play Coins by walking. iamevn Here Yes


Game Engines[edit]

Name Description Author Download Open-Source Last Updated
LövePotion An unofficial work in progress implementation of the LÖVE API for 3DS Homebrew VideahGams Here Yes
ctrµLua A Lua interpreter for 3DS brought to life by the remnants of the µLua community Firew0lf, Reuh, Negi Here Yes

Games[edit]

Name Description Author Download Open-Source Last Updated
100 Boxes 2DS Simple puzzle game. Cid2mizard Here Yes
2048-3D "2048 was a big hit not so long ago, and I still see many people at my school playing it. So I thought it would be pretty cool to be able to play 2048 on the go on the 3DS." Jasper Peters Here Yes
3DSCraft Minecraft clone. smea Here Yes
Antibounce Move your player to bounce around and collect coins. Go between screens through the holes in the sides of the floor. 3D can also be enabled. TurtleP Here Yes
checkers3ds A buggy ASCII checkers game UnsureSherlock Here Yes
DrawAttack Online multiplayer drawing game like pictionary. Cruel Here Yes 16/Nov/15
Hamsters 2DS A hamster breeding game in text mode. Cid2mizard Here No
Helii Fly a helicopter through a 2D tunnel! Ported from the Wii. BHSPitMonkey Here Yes 18/Sep/15
Insectoid Defense A Sci-Fi Tower Defense game. This is merely a port of the Android/iOS/Windows Phone version. sgowen Here Yes
NumberFucker3DS Simple math game, originally used as a debug game for LövePotion VideahGams Here Yes
Mastermind 3DS Mastermind on 3DS Jasper Peters Here Yes
Minesweeper 2DS Minesweeper clone. Cid2mizard Here Yes
Paddle Puffle 3DS A port of Paddle Puffle for the 3DS. Peanut42 Here Yes
Pituka Classics The goal is to bring CPC classics using my Pituka Emulator-Core as base with new features to your 3DS. D_Skywalk Here Yes (see core)
Pixel Shuffle 2DS Puzzle game. Cid2mizard Here Yes
Pixel Swap 2DS Relaxing Puzzle game. Cid2mizard Here Yes
Portal3DS An adaptation of Portal for the 3DS. smea N/A Yes
Reversi Reversi for the 3DS. Jasper Peters Here Yes
Space Fruit Hackathon game by 4 friends ported to 3DS. Asteroids but with fruit (kinda) TurtleP Here Yes
Tappy Plane A Flappy Bird clone, but with a colorful plane. This is merely a port of the Android/iOS/Windows Phone version. sgowen Here Yes
TileMap 2DS Puzzle game. Cid2mizard Here Yes
Tiles 2DS Puzzle game, Lights Out Like. Cid2mizard Here Yes
Trucmuche 2DS 09 Hidden Objects. Cid2mizard Here Yes
World of 3DSand World of Sand clone. Steveice10 Here Yes
Yeti3DS A quick and dirty port of Derek Evans' Yeti3D software rendering engine. smea N/A Yes
ctrQuake Unofficial port of Quake for the 3DS, fully playable. MasterFeizz Here Yes
EDuke3D Unofficial port of EDuke32 for the Nintendo 3DS MasterFeizz Here Yes
Sokoban Puzzle game. Unofficial port of Sokoban for the Nintendo 3DS Landm Here Yes
Cookie Collector Cookie Collector game. Very tiny and not much in it. Good car trip or time waster game. On version 1.2 as of now. Kaisogen Here Yes 4/5/2016
Tetrepetete 3DS A game with blocks. thp Here No
That Rabbit Game 3DS Inverse duck hunt with accelerometer input and stereoscopic 3D. thp Here No
One Whale Trip Five-lane underwater whale swimming/pearl pickup adventure game in Python. thp Here Yes

Emulators[edit]

Name Description Author Download Open-Source Last Updated
3DNES An NES emulator. (No longer being worked on) St4rk Here Yes March 2015
atari800-3DS An Atari 8-bit home computer emulator. asie Here Yes 2016-7-23 (0.1.1)
blargSnes A Super Nintendo emulator. A compatibility list can be found here. StapleButter Here Yes May 2015
CHIP-3DS A simple and slow CHIP-8 emulator. xerpi Here Yes March 2015
CHIP8-3DS CHIP-8 emulator with savestates and touch controls. xerpi Here Yes 2016-7-20
CitrAGB Yet another GBA emulator. shinyquagsire23 Here Yes September 2015
EasyRPG Player RPG Maker 2000/2003 interpreter Rinnegatamante & EasyRPG Team Here Yes May 2016
GameYob A Game Boy (Color) emulator. A compatibility list can be found here. Drenn/Steveice10 Here Yes November 2015
r3Ddragon A virtual boy emulator. mrdanielps Here Yes October 2015
RetroArch A multisystem emulator. (GB, GBA, SNES, Genesis, CPS1, CPS2, etc.) libretro Here Yes Undergoing rapid development.
mGBA A GBA emulator that runs well without kernel hax. endrift Here Yes December 2015

Title managers[edit]

Name Description Author Download Open-Source Last Updated
FBI Open source CIA (un)installer and launcher. Steveice10 Here Yes 2015-12-2 (1.4.17)
FBI 2 Multipurpose file/title/ticket/save manager Steveice10 Here Yes Undergoing rapid development.
NASA Universal CIA Manager for FWs 4.1 - 10.7 Rinnegatamante Here No 2016-4-13 (1.6)

Save managers[edit]

Name Description Author Download Open-Source Last Updated
save_manager Proof of concept save exporter/importer profi200 Here Yes 2015-9-13
svdt Save Data Explorer/Manager meladroit Here Yes 2015-10-16 (0.10.42d)
JK's Save Manager Save/Extdata Manager JK_ Here Yes 2016-6-30

File servers[edit]

Name Description Author Download Open-Source Last Updated
ftpd (ftBrony) A FTP server. mtheall Here Yes
FTP-3DS Fork of ftBRONY with a Nintendo theme. iamevn Here Yes
ftPONY A basic FTP server, useful for testing new homebrew versions without swapping the SD card. smea Here Yes

Icon Packs[edit]

Icon Packs are SMDH Packs for homebrew apps

Name Description Author Download Last Updated
Simplok The first 3DS Icon pack. link6155 Download 7 September 2015
1LP Cool Icon Pack!. 100pcrack Releases 27 November 2015
Modern UI A simple icon pack with a flat and minimalist design. LouchDaishiteru Download 20 January 2016

Demos[edit]

Name Description Author Download Open-Source Last Updated
cubedemo A short demo of Homebrew on 3ds with working sound. plutoo Here No
Spine 2D Demo of Spine 2D skeletal animations Cruel 3DSX CIA No
demo ou mourir Small demo for the 3DS with music and 2D effects Desire Pouet No November 2015

Alternate Launchers[edit]

Name Description Author Download Open-Source
Mashers HBL Homebrew Launcher with a grid and folders support. Mashers Here No