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How to create the PKG Installer Bubble
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logo   How to create the ★Package Installer Bubble

Working for Firmwares: All

PlayStationTV compatible: Yes

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: approx. 10 min

Credits: Mr.Gas, Major_Tom

  • DB Browser for SQLite 3.7.0
  • a registered e-mail account on your Vita (fail-mail)
  • yifanlu's psvimgtools (backup-editing)
  • FileZilla (HENkaku)

  • Note: The PKG Installer itself will be useable on firmwares 3.20 and below only!

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    Step 1: Dumping your app.db file

    Depending on your firmware there are different ways to do this:

    Fail-Mail trick - for firmware(s) 3.00 - 3.52

    HENkaku - for firmware 3.60

    Backup Editing - for ALL firmware(s)

    Step 2: Modifying the app.db file

    5) Back on the PC we can now start the SqliteBrowser, open our app.db file..


    ..go to Browse Data and select tbl_appinfo_icon from the dropdown menu.


    6) Here are all your installed and stock apps listed with their links to the original icon0.png files.


    7) Now just hit the New Record button in the top right hand corner to create a new entry or alternativley use any app entry you don't need.


    (If you create a new entry you need to make sure to select a vaild pageID and Pos)

    8) Set the title to ★Package Installer, the iconPath to vs0:app/NPXS10031/sce_sys/icon0.png and the titleID to NPXS10031!


    9) When you're done hit Write Changes and close the programm.

    Step 3: (Re)Installing the modified app.db file

    Fail-Mail trick - for firmware(s) 3.00 - 3.52

    HENkaku - for firmware 3.60

    Backup Editing - for ALL firmware(s)

    Restart your Vita and your PKG Installer Bubble should appear! Done!

    pkg bubble

    FAQ & Troubleshooting

    My Vita performs a database refresh when restarting at the last step.

    This means the app.db got corrupted somehow. Restart at Step 2

    My Icon is just blank?!

    Maybe you put in a wrong link at the iconPath entry?

    My e-mail shows a [?] instead of the photo symbol?!

    Try resetting the Vita's mail account or resend the mail.

    Some of my apps now have a grey background and are missing the start icons?

    Thats a bug which can happen when adding new records to the app.db.

    When I try to launch the package installer it simply closes again.

    The PKG Installer only works on 3.20 and below or on Kiosk Vitas.

    Last updated:
    July 4, 2018