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March 25, 2011 // 11:13 pm - Today the PS3 Modified Firmware homebrew application dubbed PS3MFW Builder has been updated to version 0.2, which now includes PlayStation 3 version spoofing, custom PS3 startup sounds, PS3 demo/shop to retail unit conversion support and the ability to install MFW on consoles with broken Blu-ray drives.

Download: PS3MFW Builder v0.2 for PS3 / PS3MFW Builder v0.2 for PS3 (Mirror) / PS3MFW Builder v0.2 (Portable Win32) for PS3 / PS3MFW v0.2 Gitbrew 8-1-11 Tasks (Intel) (MAC OSX) / PS3MFW v0.2 PPC OsX Gitbrew 8-1-11 Tasks (MAC OSX) / PS3MFW GIT / PS3Tools GIT

To quote: This new version of PS3MFW Builder has a lot of improvements over the previous one, with many changes, among which a new privacy task which prevents the big bad wolf from spying on you as well as an exclusive way to turn a Shop PS3 into a retail one.

There are also added tasks that give much more customization power to the user, we'll let you read the release notes after the break for a detailed breakdown of the new tasks made available. The important part is the core of the PS3MFW Framework which now allows tasks to have a bit more control on how the GUI should show the their configuration, and a new set of APIs for RCO file manipulation.

We've also heard that the bug the previous version had with the "Save Game Data" not showing USB devices has been fixed, which should please most of you.

An updated version of the ps3tools will be needed though, and we're sure that there will soon be an easy to use installer for everyone.

We've also heard that work has already started towards a version 0.3, but we couldn't get any more information than that.

Here are the Release Notes of the 0.2 release:

Today we are proud to present our second official release, PS3MFW Builder v0.2. Just as the previous release, v0.2 is intended for firmwares 3.10 and above. Extensive testing of the framework and tasks has been successful with all versions above 3.10, the majority of tasks are also successful below 3.10. PS3MFW Builder v0.2 contains many new features that further improve usability.

For this new version, PS3MFW Builder and the tasks have been moved to seperate repositories on Builder 0.2 adds new functions to aid in the creation of tasks, with 2 bug fixes. For programmers, the new core offers more flexibility for tasks and allows to manipulate the user interface better.

Furthermore, several exciting new tasks have been created. The most interesting one is a new privacy patch, which keeps PS3 from sending personally identifiable information to many configurable domain names: After jailbreak became available for PS3, reverse engineers discovered that the PS3 collects a multitude of personal information without your knowledge, such as such as your TV model, a list of all usb devices (including product IDs) you ever plugged into your PS3, usage statistics, which games and media you play and more.

The Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) specifically allows for consumers to circumvent technological protection measures in order to protect their privacy. Even though there was little doubt concerning the legality of PS3MFW Builder before because it in itself does not circumvent any technological protection measures, this new feature makes using it inside the USA fully DMCA compliant.

Additionally, PS3MFW Builder v0.2 allows for several new customizations, including a firmware version spoofer, a way to edit the look and sound of the boot sequence by inserting your own coldboot files, and a task to replace the default "Airbush" XMB theme.

Now it can also create modified firmwares that can be installed on PS3s with broken Blu-Ray drives as well as create firmwares that can convert demo (kiosk/shop) units into regular retail PS3s! A bug that prevented USB storage devices from being shown under Game Data Utility was fixed.

The new PS3MFW Builder v0.2 and tasks can be found at


To use PS3MFW Builder, the following is needed:

• The latest version of ps3tools (not older than 25 March 2011), found on

• Tcl/Tk 8.5 (

• rcomage for some tasks

There is also a new repository on git-hacks dedicated to the PS3MFW tasks and, judging from its README file, the following are available to use with PS3MFW Builder v0.2:


• patch_privacy.tcl - PS3 collects a large amount of personal information while it's operating. Additionally personal information is sent to many domain names when internet access is enabled (unrelated to PSN access). This task prevents PS3 from sending any data to the domain names you select.

• broken_bluray.tcl - Allows you to remove Blu-Ray firmware installation so that the MFW can be installed without a working Blu-Ray drive. This is potentially dangerous if used on a PS3 with a working drive, and should only be used if the drive is broken.

• spoof_version.tcl - Allows changing the firmware version the PS3 appears to be on, similar to the rebug spoofer.

• change_coldboot_files.tcl - Advanced users only: Allows changing the sound played and image shown during the boot process. Caution: If improper files are used, this can cause a "brick".

• change_ssl_cer.tcl - Allows changing of SSL certificates.

• change_theme.tcl - Can be used to replace the default "Airbrush" theme with another theme file (.p3t format).

• patch_shop.tcl - Creates firmware to transform demo PS3s (the units used in stores) into full retail PS3s, without the need for service mode!

PS3MFW Builder v0.2 for PS3 Modified Firmware is Released

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#19 - technodon - February 18, 2012 // 5:13 am
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no, its for 3.55 and people with downgrade capabilities

i don't think this possible anymore, dev_flash/vsh/module/explore_plugin.sprx is the file that unlocks the xmb restrictions but if i swap it with the one from 4.10 OFW it stops my install packages working

#18 - ps3hen - February 18, 2012 // 3:17 am
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Did your fw install from 4.10?

#17 - technodon - February 18, 2012 // 12:59 am
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i've created my custom 4.10 kiosk/shop firmware by using the original 4.10 firmware and swapped each file in dev_flash/vsh/module manually, found a better method of replacing the files by creating a desktop shortcut and just drag and drop with windows, got a red screen error after the first test install but then swapped /vsh/etc/ index.dat and version.txt and it works fine. anyone know the unlock code for 4.10 kiosk/shop firmware? thanks.

#16 - ps3hen - February 18, 2012 // 12:09 am
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A CFW?, if you use MFW builder won't be able to install it pass FW 3.55. To see what I mean, use MFW builder with an original retail 4.10 pup and make it extract and re-pack the dev_flash without changing anything inside the dev_flash. Then when you try to install it you get the error "data is corrupted".

Normally retail FW will not install kiosk FWs under normal circumstances. As far as I know, there is a flag inside the pup which identifies the update as retail/kiosk/debug. As this knowledge was used to patch 3.55 cfws so they would install on 3.55 kiosk FWs. I have done experimenting and found the flag offsets insides each variation of the 4.10 update.

Update Flag Offsets:

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I am 90% certain that these are the flag offsets, as they match the ones found inside extracted .pups. But changing them for me doesn't seem to do anything for me on my un-hacked OFW4.10 PS3. But we've had differing results with our PS3s before haven't we. Perhaps they might work for you.

#15 - technodon - February 17, 2012 // 11:03 pm
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its working now, thanks for your help. CFW soon!

do shop/kiosk firmwares noramlly show up on ps3 retail when you try and install them on retail? i'm sure i tried one before and it normally says (shop) firmware, anyway i'm trying to patch shop 4.10 but it always says no update data found, the only other option i have is replace each file in dev_flash 1 by 1 which is a freaking nightmre. help! thanks

#14 - mushy409 - February 17, 2012 // 9:44 am
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Error running script: error deleting "C:/Temp/PS3MFW-MFW/update_files/dev_flash\dev_flash\vsh": file already exists

Change the "\" to "/" Maybe that's your problem?

#13 - arktos - February 17, 2012 // 9:14 am
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that is a windows explorer error, if you replace files with this task. i recommend you to use another filebrowser and do not browse the folder where you replace the file, or you can close the browser after replace

#12 - technodon - February 17, 2012 // 6:40 am
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Ok so i've found a way to remove the restrictions of the kiosk firmware by modifying some dev_flash files and replacing them with retail ones. i'm trying to build a custom firmware 4.10 kiosk/shop pup with restrictions removed that will install on a retail console but i'm getting this error in PS3MFW Builder

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any help will be appreciated. this modded firmware when/if built will be installable on a retail consoles and allow psn access and installation of retail signed packages. but it not limited like kiosk firmwares usually meaning you still have to press the combo buttons and enter a 4 digit code but you can now access playstation store, playstation home and the life with playstation thing

#11 - PS4 News - October 19, 2011 // 11:17 am
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Today PlayStation 3 developer DanyL has released an update to PS3MFW Builder bringing it to version 0.2.1 for PS3 homebrew users with some additional revisions and corresponding changes outlined below.

Download: PS3MFW Builder v0.2.1 PS3 Homebrew App / Italian Translation XML by Martix97 / Spanish Translation XML by rubio0075 / Arabic Translation XML by silent_4 / Multi-lang Translation XML, French Translation XML, Turkish Translation XML and Multi-lang Translation XML v2 by EussNL (with the help of Atilla, Razkar and Ibocan) / Spoof_Version_3.73.tcl and Change_Cinavia_Files.tcl by propered / PS3MFW Builder v0.2.1 PS3 Homebrew App (With Spoof / Translations) by bitsbubba / PS3MFW Builder PS3 Homebrew App (With New PS3 Keys) / patched by zecoxao / CORE_OS_446.rar by Agrippa90 / PS3 4.46 CFW (Untested: Flasher Users Required to Test) by Habib / GIT (DanyL) / GIT (EussNL) / PS3 MFW Updates

To quote: I start developing PS3MFW Builder 0.2.1 a few mouths ago, and since then it's just laying around my computer. It's fully working, only one function should rewritten.



  • Choose language.
  • Select Temp folder.
  • Select PS3_KEYS folder.
  • Save/Default all the settings, including selected/unselected tasks, original/modified firmware paths, theme and so on.
  • For developers: you can restart PS3MFW Builder by pressing .


I added the option to translate PS3MFW Builder to any language, including RTL, unique symbols and so on.. Thanks to eussNL for creating most of the translations.

You can also easily create your own translation, all the text it stored in an .xml file.


  • Added the option to select multiple files using "files" option type.
  • Added the option to select directory using "directory" option type.

Developers: The only thing should be rewritten is the "save_settings" function. The best way is to add a function in xml.tcl which will replace the text in specific node.

Finally, from zecoxao: I have here (linked above) with me a version of mfw builder based of cfwprpht's mfw builder v3. it works, on the aspect that the auto gen tool properly generates both AC1D and Rogero 4.30 CFWs and on the aspect that the other tasks also work, but not only for 4.30. they also work for 4.46 unfortunately i can't test the pups because i don't have a flasher. if any of you wishes to give it a shot, then please take your chance.

PS: I removed that sha1 thing, it was driving me crazy
PPS: Some lv2 related tasks don't work on 4.46 but work on 4.30 with the auto gen task

Just a warning. those might not actually be the correct "fake private keys"

Here (linked above) are the patched loaders in decrypted format for 4.46. just followed Rancido's instructions:

From Rancid-o: You have to extract manually the loaders from the LV0, decrypt them, patch the ecdsa check, encrypt the ldrs and reinsert them in LV0. Patch finded in Rebug 4.41:

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#10 - daveshooter - May 23, 2011 // 11:34 pm
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I have a PS3 with no BDVD and the 1st release of the 3.56 because my daughter wanted to use it on line when 3.56 was just released, as I have a number of them it was not a issue.

She no longer uses it now so I decided to see if I could install some home-brew on a 3.56 because the ps3 is no good to me, unless I can FTP to and from it. So for some fun I thought I would have a go, nothing lost, if I fail. just another media player.

I used PS3MFW and loaded PS3_Firmware_v3.56_USA_Update with the patch_privacy_for_rebug.tcl patch, I changed some settings like Change pup build, otheros, add new icons, patch package installer, patch application launch, secure privacy, and spoof firmware.

It takes about 20 Min's to complete when it tells me its completed OK. The ps3 sees the update and tries to install but fails on 80 % ish saying the file is corrupt. ? lol. But it did say it was completed and seemed to sign the pup OK on the PS3_Firmware_v3.56_USA_Update I used.

So has anyone tried this, and having the same issue, with your Games unit that doesn't play games, and the only thing its good for is watching TV catch up.?

Thanks in advance.
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It's giving error when patching lv1 and lv2... =(

You already have all the 3.56 keys, just rename them. hint hint as I did and now i don't get them errors.

Just to show that it has compleated ok on a PS3_Firmware_v3.56_USA_Update downloaded from here.

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