Introduction: Run Homebrew on Any Wii (v4.2)

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The first instructable 'Run Homebrew on any Wii' was getting (really) outdated


Here's the NEW and IMPROVED version of my instructable that:

supports version 4.2
has no need for Twilight Princess

What you need:

SD Card
Computer with SD Card reader

What this guide will enable you to do:

Install the Homebrew Channel
Install BootMii
Install DVDx

Step 1: OPTIONAL: Format the SD Card

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This Step should only be performed if this guide doesn't work, it is merely here as a troubleshooting precaution.

How to format an SD Card

For Windows Users:

Insert SD Card
Right Click on My Computer
Click Manage
Under Storage in the dropdown menu double click on Disk Management
Right Click on Your SD Card and select Format
Select FAT from the dropdown menu
Click Format

For Mac Users

Open Disk Utility

Click on your SD Card (the second one down (the one that's indented))
Click on the Erase Tab
Select MS-DOS (FAT) from the dropdown menu
Click Erase

Step 2: Getting the Homebrew Installer

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In this step, you will download the HackMii installer to your SD Card.

On your Computer:

Step 1: Go here and download the HackMii Installer v0.6

Step 2: Unzip the and extract the boot.elf file to your desktop

Step 3: Copy the boot.elf to the root of the SD Card

Note: The root of the SD Card is the part you see right when you open it

Step 3: Running the Installer

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There are currently 2 ways to Run Homebrew on a Wii (Pick one that matches your needs):

The Twilight Hack
Run From: Zelda Twilight Princess
System Menu versions: 3.4 and below
Extra Requirements: Zelda: Twilight Princess


1. Go here:
2. Download the package you need (3.3 and earlier or 3.4)
3. Unzip the "" file you just downloaded
4. Copy the "private" directory to the root of the SD Card
5. For US Game Discs Only:
|||5a. Look at the inner ring of your Zelda game disc.
|||5b. You should see something like this: RVL-RZDE-0A-?
|||5c. Remember if the last digit is a 0 or a 2
6. Run Zelda and make a game save (Not necessary if you already have one)
7. On your Wii, go into Wii Settings=>Data Management=>Game Saves=>Wii
8. Erase the game save that's on your Wii.
9. Go to the SD Card Tab and copy the appropriate Twilight hack to the Wii (USA, EUR, JPN)
10. Run Twilight Princess

11a. For US Game Discs:
|||11a. Load the TwilightHack0_ save Corresponding to your last Serial # Digit.
11b. For Other Regions:
|||11b. Click on the TwilightHack game save

12. Either walk backwards or talk to the man in front of you
Words should now be scrolling down the screen
13. Goto the next step in this instructable

BannerBomb (Data Management Version)
Run From: System Menu
System Menu versions: 3.0 - 4.1


1. Go here:
2. Do every step except for step 3, because you just did that
3. When the Homebrew Channel installer pops up, go on to the next step in this instructable

BannerBomb v2 (SD Card Menu Version)
Run From: System Menu
System Menu versions: 4.2 only


1. Go here:
2. Do every step except for step 3, because you just did that
3. When the Homebrew Channel installer pops up, go on to the next step in this instructable

NOTE: Please comment if instructions are unclear and i will get back to you as soon as possible

Step 4: Choosing What to Install

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There are 3 things you can install with this particular installer:

The Homebrew Channel: This is absolutely necessary to do anything with homebrew. This is probably the most highly recommended thing to install

BootMii: This is a revolutionary piece of software that shows a boot screen before the wii system menu pops up. It can help prevent bricking your wii. It is entirely up to you whether you want to install it or not.

More Info:

DVDx: This allows you to play DVDs in your wii, and it will help you if you want to run backups off discs. It is entirely optional, but why not install it?

Step 5: What Should I Do Now?

You can now go do any of my other instructables:

Play DVDs

Play Game Backups from a USB Disk

How to Cheat on your Wii


Super Smash Bros. exploit by Comex

Super Mario Galaxy exploit by ________


Collcroc123. (author)2016-07-27

Is there a version for a Wii with 4.3 Menu Software?

TSC (author)2012-04-22

What if you don't have Zelda Twilight Princess?

build52 (author)2012-04-22

What if you don't have Zelda Twilight Princess?

Hassaan786 (author)2010-04-06

 I can't seem to install dvdx for some reason. anyone able to help?

woodnarmy (author)Hassaan7862011-11-26

i went to the website and it said dvdx was taken out because the newest fersion of homebrew has it incorperated into it

Svoboda (author)2010-09-02

CRAP! i acidentally installed 4.3 (E).... im lost am i?

mike!!! (author)Svoboda2011-10-03

like i said to Wii_User
letterbomb works
select 4.3E

chrizw123 (author)Svoboda2010-10-30

i did the same :( did you try it and if so, did it work?

grahamrsweeting (author)2010-06-26

I have a 4.1 version, do these steps work for it, I have tried other steps but not getting much success.

mike!!! (author)grahamrsweeting2011-10-03

i think it's v4.2 and lower

Tommy159 (author)2010-07-29

I don't have a as card reader on my computer but I have a usbflash drive. Will this work on a USB flash drive? Pleeze Reply!

mike!!! (author)Tommy1592011-10-03

get a USB card reader

Svoboda (author)Tommy1592010-09-02

No, it won't. Sorry

Wii_User (author)2010-02-05

i accidently formatted my wii n i think its 4.3 now...anyone no how 2 downgrade so that i cud put homebrew bak on?

mike!!! (author)Wii_User2011-10-03

try letterbomb
and select 4.3

Ahmendo (author)Wii_User2010-03-16


go to youtube and search for 'how to downgrade your wii from a 3.3

It should work but if it doesn't e-mail back, i will find a solution ASAP and reply

Kindhamster (author)Ahmendo2010-06-02

I ran new super mario bros. wii on my wii and it said that it iupdated software (it also deleted my homebrew channel :P) is this version 4.3?

asdfps2123 (author)Kindhamster2011-01-08

yes its called smash stack and it works with 4.3. just google smash stack wiibrew and click download under links.

asdfps2123 (author)asdfps21232011-01-08

indiana pwns also works but smash stack is easier.

Wii_User (author)Ahmendo2010-03-20

thanks but i already got it to wrk n found that it was the same version still

jcrawford98 (author)2011-07-07

Im Scared My Wii Going Too Get Bricked . I Don't Know What It Is But , Please Tell Me If This Process Will Brick It

Bricking means that your system is incapable of being played. Nintendo will brick your Wii if they find the HomeBrew Channel (They search for it everytime you do a system update). Basically, the severity of the bricking depends on what you've done. For the homebrew channel, Nintendo may decide to ban you only from Wi-Fi. Then again, they may not.

Usually if you delete the HomeBrew channel, Nintendo won't brick you. But just incase, not to put down your Instructable Thundaboy1037, but don't install the HomeBrew chanel if you're worried about getting bricked.

silvrmunky (author)2009-10-27

 Hum ok well hopefuly someone can help.. I have tried the above, copied the boot.elf file and son to the sd card. But when I put the card in and such it just doesnt do anything at all, just shows empty blocks.. I have tried differnt versions and what not and it wont even load or freeze..

I dont know if any body has replied to your problem, I looked on you tube one said it is very important that you should click on wii icon, click on data management, click on wii channel then sd card, it still didnt work any way, it said that it could not this data.

totalost (author)2010-02-09

2 questions:

1. I plan to use a USB HDD, do I still need an SD Card?
2. How do I find out which version my Wii is at?

matstermind (author)totalost2010-04-30

you need an sd card to install the homebrew, the wii won't recognize the usb hard disk as a memory device. to find out which version your wii is, go to the settings-wii settings and it will be in the top right corner.

akinich (author)2010-02-24

hey nice instructable
i have a question for you
i have a wii and it has a mod chip in it
can i do this if the mod chip is still inside?
will this damage my wii if there is a mod chip inside it when i do this

jumboshrimpkid (author)2009-06-29

i dont know much about computers but do "extract" and "unzip" mean the same thing. And when i downloaded the thing i got a folder with four files. do i unzip or extract the whole thing or just some of the files in it because i downloaded winzip and now when i open the folder it automatically opens into the winzip thing. thank you

conradev (author)jumboshrimpkid2009-06-29

1. yes they are the same thing. 2. It clearly states to take the installer.elf file and put it on your desktop. you dont have to worry about the other three files. hten rename this "installer.elf" file to "boot.elf" and put it on the beginning of the SD Card

seanachaidh (author)conradev2010-01-26

Hey I downloaded the hackmii installer but can't find installer.elf

Any suggestions?

TyMan210 (author)2010-01-25

For Ubuntu users:
Go to: Places > Computer
Then right click the SD card and click "Format...".

jackb70 (author)2010-01-15

do i need zelda game to do it?

conradev (author)jackb702010-01-23


Rportal (author)2009-07-31

all the homebrew channel is is bubbles. is that good

crabsintrees (author)Rportal2009-09-26

It's more than that. If you have the right files and folders on your SD Card, you can play DVDs, use emulators, and get Channels for free. The bubble screen lists what applications you have on your card. It's just bubbles for you because you don't have any apps properly installed on your card. But don't worry, I will make an Instructable on how to do all that once I figure out how to do it. I'll let you know when it's out.

conradev (author)Rportal2009-08-11

Yup, you need to add apps to do stuff with it

Captin69 (author)2009-08-29

Awsome Tutorial It worked without any fuss. TY

therockingone2204 (author)2009-08-16

My wii is v4.1 can i still put the homebrew channel on my wii

asdlkj (author)2009-08-15

I don't think I know what I'm doing :( I've tried to follow everything ... a black screen with lots of writing looked like it froze so I reset the wii ... now I seemingly have a homebrew channel but if I click on the start there are only bubbles and nothing else!? Nothing happens unless I press the home button but then the four options are "Edit, Return to Main etc" If I am supposed to download an application file ... I know that one post has been deleted ?! What do I do, please?

avianeddy (author)2009-08-13

This sounds AWESOME.. I'm gonna try it as soon as possible. P.S. THANKS for providing all those links to the downloads!

avianeddy (author)avianeddy2009-08-14

YESSS!! It worked, exactly as you laid it out. And I didnt have to rent Zelda. Thanks a bunch! I installed Everything (bootMii, and DVDx).... but to be safe, Do you have any last words of caution to avoid bricking? Apps to avoid .. etc???

coup_detat (author)2009-07-01

I am unable to install hackmii. It returns an error when it's trying to prepare the SD card. Once I have installed DVDx and HBC and I launch the HBC nothing happens except bubbles?

conradev (author)coup_detat2009-08-11

Thats good, now you need to add apps

A.C.E. (author)coup_detat2009-07-03

yeah the bubbles are good. now you need to install some apps, which will appear in front of the bubbles. you can now do stuff like play doom, get vc or normal wii games for free, all kinds a good stuff.

sweetsak (author)2009-07-26

Unable to Access the BannerBomb Website..

Getting 403 Forbidden Error while accessing Webpage
You don't have permission to access / on this server.

conradev (author)sweetsak2009-08-11

I had that issue too, it was offline probably for some maintenance

Solderguy (author)sweetsak2009-07-29

Here's an alternate website with bannerbomb.

sweetsak (author)Solderguy2009-07-30

Thanks and it Worked!

wiihackr (author)2009-08-03

i dont get step 11a. are there 2 files on TwilightHack0_ ?

conradev (author)wiihackr2009-08-11

sorry i'll fix that. When you load up the save, there are two Save Game Slots, TwilightHack0 and TwilightHack2. load up your corresponding save

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