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3DS: RXTools Tutorial (Nightly & Beta 3.0)

If your looking to install RXTools on your 3DS and want a Gateway free solution, look no further. Before you use this tutorial read everything first then proceed.

Requirements:

 

Setup OLD 3DS

The current state of 3.0 beta is not stable and will fail to boot multiple times. We at Team Hackinformer recommend using the nightly build for the OLD 3DS for the time being. Once it becomes more Stable I will update this article completely. If you chose to use the beta 3.0 build the setup instructions are the same.

 

  1. Connect your SD Card to the computer.
  2. Download the needed files and unzip them all.
  3. Install Python on your PC. Look in your RXTools nightly folder and run cdn_firm.py and is located in [rxTools_Most recent build\release\Tools]
  4. This will generate a FIRM folder in [rxTools_Most recent build\release\Tools]
  5. Rename the CETK file to 0004013800000002_cetk.bin and place it in [rxTools_Most recent build\release\Tools\firm]
  6. If your 3DS is FW6.x – 4.x, you need to run the slot0x25KeyX Generator and add the KeyX number and generate the slot0x25KeyX.bin
  7. Place slot0x25KeyX.bin in the root of your SD Card.
  8. Now move the firm folder to [rxTools_Most recent build\release\RXTools]
  9. Move the RXTools folder to the root of the SD Card [rxTools_Most recent build\release\RXTools]
  10. Move the homebrew launcher starter kit to the root of the SD Card.
  11. Move the RXTools homebrew into the 3DS folder on the SD Card [rxTools_Most recent build\release\ninjhax\RXTools]
  12. Move the rxinstaller.bin to the root of the SD Card and is located in [rxTools_Most recent build\release\mset]
  13. Now make a backup of the SD Card on the computer.
  14. Place the SD Card back into the 3DS.

homemenuhax

 

SETUP NEW 3DS

The Beta 3.0 Build is recommend over the nightly release. However be aware using the RXTools Menu options are broken. It can randomly crash and fail to boot emuNAND alot. The beta build has the advantage over reiNAND by including region free cia installs.

 

BETA 3.0 TUTORIAL

 

  1. Connect your SD Card to the computer.
  2. Download the needed files and unzip them all.
  3. Install Python on your PC. Look in your RXTools nightly folder and run n3ds_cdn_firm and is located in [RxTools-3.0-beta\Tools]
  4. This will generate a FIRM folder in [rxTools_Most recent build\release\Tools]
  5. Add key_0x1B.bin and  key_0x16.bin in the root of your SD Card.
  6. Now move the firm folder to [RxTools-3.0-beta\rxTools]
  7. Move the homebrew launcher starter kit to the root of the SD Card.
  8. Move the RXTools folder to the root of the SD Card. [RxTools-3.0-beta\rxTools]
  9. Move the RXTools homebrew into the 3DS folder on the SD Card [RxTools-3.0-beta\ninjhax\rxTools]
  10. Make a copy of the rxtools.3dsx and place it in the root of your SD Card. Located in the SD Card directory [3DS\RXTools\rxtools.3dsx] (Needed for CTR Boot Manager)
  11. Make a backup of the SD Card on the computer.
  12. Place the SD Card back into the 3DS.

 

NIGHTLY TUTORIAL

 

  1. Connect your SD Card to the computer.
  2. Download the needed files and unzip them all.
  3. Create a data folder in [rxTools_Most recent build\release\RXTools]
  4. Find the firmware.bin needed for reiNAND 2.1
  5. Rename the firmware.bin file to 0004013820000002.bin and place it in the data folder you made. [rxTools_Most recent build\release\RXTools\data]
  6. Move the homebrew launcher starter kit to the root of the SD Card.
  7. Move the RXTools folder to the root of the SD Card [rxTools_Most recent build\release\RXTools]
  8. Move the RXTools homebrew into the 3DS folder on the SD Card [rxTools_Most recent build\release\ninjhax\RXTools]
  9. Make a copy of the rxtools.3dsx and place it in the root of your SD Card. Located in the SD Card directory [3DS\RXTools\rxtools.3dsx] (Needed for CTR Boot Manager)
  10. Make a backup of the SD Card on the computer.
  11. Place the SD Card back into the 3DS.

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ENTRY POINTS

 

Now that your setup is complete with all the proper files, your ready to launch RXTools. There plenty of options to boot RXTools and use the method that works best for you.

Be sure to hold L when booting RXTools to go straight to the RXTools Menu. If you don’t RXMode will automatically load. If you plan to use the MSET exploit, be sure to use another method first to make a backup of your sysNAND. Then place a copy of it on your PC for safe keeping!!

Web Browser (Old 3DS only) [FW9.2 – 4.X]

Launch the Web browser on the 3DS and navigate to its settings. Then clear all the savedata and go to this URL https://dukesrg.github.io/?rxTools/sys/code.bin

Homebrew Launcher [FW9.2 – 9.0]

This method involves running RXTools from the homebrew launcher. There are plenty of options available here

MSET Exploit [FW9.2 – 4.X]

If your 3DS is above FW6.X, then you need to launch the web browser entry point first. From there you need to access the rxTools menu and select the MSET Downgrade option.

This uses the DS Profile Exploit and offers an internet free option.  To install you need to launch the Web browser on the 3DS and navigate to its settings. Then clear all the savedata and go to this URL  https://dukesrg.github.io/?mset/rxinstaller.bin Afterwards, you have the option to install either the 4.X or 6.x system settings.

CTR Boot Manager [FW9.2 – 9.0]

This offers the fastest way to boot RXTools and is the more reliable method to boot RXTools for the NEW 3DS. You need to install Themehax first to use this method. Our buddy Darthsternie has a done a great job to set this up here

3ds homebrew launcher

 

BACKUPS & emuNAND SETUP

 

Once you open the system settings app and exit, you will be booted back to sysNAND. You have to boot RXTools again to launch emuNAND again.

 

Remember you can only update and use the latest emuNAND on the NEW 3DS using the Beta 3.0 Build Only

 

Once you have selected your preferred method to boot RXTools you will be greeted by message saying its installing the initial files. This will help boot RXTools faster and now we need to backup the sysNAND. Backups are important and should be done before any installing on either emuNAND or sysNAND. Boot RXTools Menu and navigate to the Dumping option  and select Backup NAND. Select the sysNAND option and once its done place the NAND.bin on the PC for safe keeping. Your backup will be located in the RXTools folder on the root of the SD Card. Now that your have your backup made its time to setup emuNAND.

  1. Connect your SD Card to the computer.
  2. Run 3DS Multi emuNand Creator and select your 3DS model.
  3. Select the drive with the SD Card on it (Triple Check to make sure its the right drive)
  4. Select Start Format and it will ask for the NAND.bin file you placed on your PC. Use that file and shortly you should see a warning appear and click yes.
  5. The program will now start the formatting process and once its done the SD Card will be wiped.
  6. Restore the files with the backup of the SD Card you made earlier.
  7. Place your SD Card back into the 3DS.
  8. Now go the dumping options again and make a backup of the emuNAND.
  9. Connect your SD Card to the computer and place a copy of it on the PC for safe keeping.
  10. Place the SD Card back into the 3DS
  11. Boot RXTools Menu and run RXMode then select emuNAND.
  12. Go to the system settings app and check your system version. If you see RX by your version your good to go. If you don’t start over again and repeat step 11.
  13. To update your emuNAND to the latest version be sure to setup an internet connection and check again if the RX is by your system version.
  14. Update your 3DS how your normally would and the 3DS will reboot after updating.
  15. Boot RXTools Menu again and run RXMode then select emuNAND.
  16. Check the system settings app and you will see the latest version with the RX in front of it.
  17. Now you have access to the eshop and other goodies. 🙂
  18. emuNAND 10.5 is latest working on the OLD 3DS and NEW 3DS (Beta 3.0 Build)

3dsrxtoolsemunand

FBI SETUP

Now that your RXTools is ready to go, we need setup the application to install files on your emuNAND/sysNAND. You have the option to install this setup on either NAND or Both

  1. Connect your SD Card to the computer.
  2. Open the database folder.
  3. Copy title.db and import.db to the SD Card in the dbs folder. If it doesn’t exist create one [Nintendo 3DS\Various Numbers & Letters\Various Numbers & Letters\dbs]
  4. Place the SD Card back into the 3DS.
  5. Open the System Settings App.
  6. Select Data Management and then 3DS.
  7. It will rebuild the database and now your ready to setup FBI.
  8. Repeat the steps 1-7 for both NANDS. (Optional)
  9. Connect your SD Card to the computer.
  10. Open the FBI folder.
  11. Move the FBI cia file and 3DS folder to the root of your SD Card.
  12. Let it overwrite all files.
  13. Place the SD Card Back into the 3DS and boot RXTools Menu.
  14. Navigate to Advanced options and select Install FBI.
  15. Select the NAND you wish to install on and select check TMD only.
  16. Check your region and version number of the system. Write down the version number
  17. Open up your RXTools nightly folder and find the fbi_injection folder in [rxTools_Most recent build\release\RXTools\Tools]
  18. Open your region folder and then select your version number folder.
  19. Move fbi_inject.app and fbi_inject.tmd to the root of your SD Card.
  20. Place your SD Card back into your 3DS and boot RXTools Menu.
  21. Navigate to Advanced options and select Install FBI.
  22. Select the NAND you wish to install on and after it installs, select the keep option.
  23. Boot into the NAND you installed FBI on and open the Health & Safety App.
  24. FBI will now boot and install the FBI cia file.
  25. Exit the app with the home button and unwrap your new official  FBI app.
  26. Boot RXTools Menu.
  27. Navigate to Advanced options and select Uninstall FBI.
  28. Select the NAND you installed FBI on and after it uninstalls, select the keep option.
  29. This will restore the Health & Safety App to its original form.

FBI

You are now ready to roll and enjoy the wonders of a completely FREE CFW!!!! 🙂

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47 comments

  1. Hi,
    When I lunch RXTools it boots stright bo 3DS Firmware (RX 9.5 one) not into rxtools menu. How can I start it?

  2. How can i recover the “NAND” backup i have safe in my pc using rxtools? I DELETED ACCIDENTALY THE health and safety APP in the sysNAND, and now i cant start FBI to install .cia files, can u help me?

  3. How can i recover the “NAND” backup i have safe in my pc using rxtools? I DELETED ACCIDENTALY THE health and safety APP in the sysNAND, and now i cant start FBI to install .cia files, can u help me? and someone said to me i cant install .cia files in the emuNAND, only in sysNAND… WHAT CAN I DO? IM HOPELESS!!!!

  4. 8BitBang

    1. Place NAND.bin file in the root of the SD Card
    2. Launch Gateway Menu (No Gateway Cart required)
    3. You can launch via web browser on go.gateway-3ds.com, ninjhax, Zelda oot or the homebrew launcher method using the new .3dsx homebrew. (go to gateways site to download the latest beta and place the homebrew in your 3ds folder.
    4. Go the downgrade console option and hold up on the road and press a. Then press start to restore your sysNAND:)

  5. 8BitBang

    Yes you can install files in emuNAND. I prefer to only install there

  6. when i do this step Boot RXTools Menu and run RXMode then select emuNAND it just stays on a blank screen and doesn’t load the menu and i have to turn off the 3ds

  7. never mind i got it to work

  8. Hello 8Bitbang.
    So i ran your guide at everything went perfect until i had to do the update. After i had updatede the emunand to the newest firmware it woundnt boot up the Rxtools. So i thought that i had made a bobo and startede all over again. But this time insted of updateing the Emunand i (by mistake) updatede the sysnand. So now my 3ds is running on firmware 10.4.0-29E. I do have a backup nand.bin and everything so i just want to hear if i can do anything to fix my mistake or if mine f***ed.

  9. thanks for the guide. I’m stuck on step 6 for the old 4ds. My firmware is 4.5. I have downloaded the keyx generator but I;m not sure what to do with it. I think I need the 7x key file but I don’t know how to find that .

    Cheers

  10. To be precise, the firmware is 4.5.0-8E

  11. I have a question: I have the Mew event for Pokemon
    and I need to update my old 3ds, now my question, can I update my 3ds without any problems? I have rxTools
    Thank you fpr helping

    ~Timexx

  12. I’m confused. I’m on 4.2.0-9U O3DS and I did the O3DS set up first, but when I tried launching Rxtools after it installed, I was met with a black screen. So I figured that means I needed to follow the nightly build guide then, but same result. Just a black screen I need to push and hold the power button for to turn the 3DS off.

    My Smash Bros has 9.2 on it. Will updating to 9.2 make this easier/more stable?

  13. How can i update my rxtools? I dont know my version but i cant cod boot to emunand.. my sys ver is 9.2 and emu ver is 10.5.. i always need to connect to internet to boot on emunand

  14. Hey so when I try to Dump Nand on a N3ds it freezes. Anyway to get around this?

  15. Nice guide everything work perfectly
    Except the last part it did not restore my health and safety hehe
    Can you help please?

    • Additional information i install the fbi on both sysNAND and emu NAND how ever i only install the FBI on emuNAND via H&S but both of them encounter same problem

  16. Dear 8BitBang,

    i can start rxtools 3.0 Beta2 and boot into emuNAND.
    But when i hold L to go to the RXmenu then there is only a black touchscreen, the normal screen works fine
    and when i press ,,A” to start and then ,,Y” to choose emunand it works also but with the black touchscreen in RXmenu. maybe you have an idea.

    Sorry for bad english.

  17. Can it support O3DSXL on version 10.5?

  18. I’m having trouble installing FBI to systemNAND. I got an icon with a black screen and when I run it, my 3DS freezes. When I wen to data management, it said that all data was corrupt and needed erasing. What should I do? Do I restore sysNAND with the backup?

    • 8BitBang

      What is your 3ds model, region and version? What version of fbi did you inject? Did you use the database files to properly allow the use of fbi?

      • It’s an o3DS XL USA and my sysNAND is at 9.2. RxTools injected FBI v1.3.8 to h&s, but I have v1.4.17 on emuNAND. When I set the destination to NAND, the installation process looks fine until I receive a title less gift and a black icon. When I set the installation to SD card, +

        • 8BitBang

          Use the database files to get fbi to install cia properly. Then boot rxtools menu and run pasta mode. Then report back

          • Luckily, the black screen apps were removed, but when I try to install the FBI.cia, the program says that it already exists on SysNAND, but it’s nowhere to be found.

  19. Sorry. i cannot start format, The button in the tool is not activated, I follow the tutorial step by step but i dont know what is bad.

  20. Hello.

    22. Select the NAND you wish to install on and after it installs, select the keep option.

    I uh accidentally pressed the button delete. Is it alright?

  21. Will this work on old jap 3ds?

  22. when i format with multi emunand and try to restore my files, windows is telling me i need to format the sd card. is this normal? do i reformat using windows then restore my files? ( old 3ds ver.9.2 )

    • scratch that….was able to get to where i back up my emuNAND. but when i boot into emunand from rx tools i just get a black screen any way to fix this?

      • I’m having the same problem, I have a O3DS running ver 9.2, I did all the steps and I just get a black screen when I run the emunand from rxtools. I did all the steps, I think right, twice just in case I made a mistake.

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