Guide to Compile PSN NPDRM Games for PS3 Custom Firmware

131w ago - Following up on the previous PSN game decryption news, today mallory has made available the PS3Tools NPDRM source code for reactivating PSN content followed by a brief guide from the included ReadMe file below for PS3 Custom Firmware users.

Download: PS3Tools NPDRM / PS3Tools NPDRM v2 / PS3Tools NPDRM v3 / PS3Tools NPDRM PKG Tools V2 and PS3Tools NPDRM PKG Tools V3 (Compiled by nathanr3269) / PS3Tools NPDRM PKG Tools Fix V2 by granberro

From the included PS3Tools NPDRM ReadMe file:

Based off of gitbrew's 215d8903bc86539ca1da53519e2ac10eeafc4c27 ps3tools. .git folder not included to protect senstive info about the author. Sorry about the messed up tabs, TAB = 4 SPACES 4 LYFE!!!

  • Add the files in the npdrm_keystuff folder to your ps3 keys folder.
  • Create a file with your console's 16 byte IDPS in the 'idps' file in your ps3 keys folder (e.g. ~/.ps3/idps).
  • Copy your PS3's exdata folder containing your act.dat and rif files to your ps3 keys dir (e.g. ~/.ps3/exdata/act.dat). Compile and have fun with your LEGALLY purchased NPDRM games!
  • Also works on free games without exdata/idps.

Apologies for any existing bugs in unself. Adding these changes to unself2 is left as an exercise for the reader.


  • fail0verflow for the orginal tools
  • JuanNadie for figuring out NPDRM
  • euss for his endless hours of work on the wiki

Why didn't you beat me to the punch, Team PS360? I didn't need to reverse a single instruction! It isn't that hard...

v2 info:

  • Added npdrm magic to unself2 and readself2
  • unself2 doesn't like the metadata section with type 3 in my game.
  • This section looks to be some kind of linking information. Here is a snippet: crt0190002crt1190002libaudio_stub190002libaudio_stub190002

I haven't yet looked around to see if this is type of section is documented anywhere.

v3 info:

Unself2 now ignores metadata sections of type 3 instead of aborting. Additional help with any remaining bugs would be greatly appreciated.

I'm sorry if everyone got the impression that these unself/readself modifications can, by themselves, "reactivate" your NPDRM content. These are just the first steps in the process. To those who say this is useless because you need act.dat and rif files: unless you can get unencrypted (debug) or easily decrypted (free, demos) PSN content, the only way to get the unencrypted files is by decrypting it with act.dat and the content's rif file.

There are no "crypto fails" here, proper decryption with the true keys is the only way forward. Using the NPDRM algo with the right keys is the only way to decrypt unless you let GameOS do it for you and hook into GameOS to either grab intermediate keys or dump decrypted content. Using hacks to restore the NPDRM decryption info to jailbroken PS3s is only a partial fix.

For instance, unless you patch vsh or set the SRTC to some time in the past, some content (even non-demos and non-trials!) expires until you log into PSN and reauthenticate. Sorry about your "technical difficulties", Team PS360. You should L2IRC.

Finally, from granberro comes PS3Tools NPDRM PKG Tools Fix V2 (npdrm-fix_v2) which includes changes, as follows:

I'd like to share with you my fork of failoverfl0w and geohot tools. I have fixed some bugs on fl0w tools and added all NPDRM stuff as well as mallory did.

What's different then?

  • unself (unself2 should not skip type 3 section IMHO) is able to save the key/iv used to encrypt the NPDRM and patch the eboot.elf for 3.41 consoles.
  • make_self_npdrm2 is able to encrypt elfs with the key/iv extracted by unself and, theoretically being accepted by OFW>3.55

With those tools, I've been able to "downgrade" LBP2 updates 1-4 and install them on a CFW 3.41.

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#8723 - PS3 News - 3d ago
Following up on the previous PSN release, today PlayStation 3 scene release groups PSFR33 and PROTOCOL have made available Backgammon Blitz PSN PS3 PSFR33 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows PSN PS3 PROTOCOL respectively with details below.

From the PS3 NFO Files: Backgammon.Blitz.PSN.PS3-PSFR33 / Backgammon Blitz PSN PS3 PSFR33

Download: /

Teenage.Mutant.Ninja.Turtles.Out.of.the.Shadows.PSN.PS3-PROTOCOL / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of the Shadows PSN PS3 PROTOCOL

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// \____/ _/ :/ / .| \: \ \___\ \: \ \__/\\
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proudly presents -+- . |
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows PSN
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REL Date: April 2014 Platform: PS3: Game Type: Action Origin: PSN
Release Type: Image Format: _______ _______ ___ _ _ _ _____ _ _______ __________:
> proto@col:~$ /release/.info <
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows takes you back to how it
all began. Be the four turtles Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and
Raphael in the fight to save New York City from mutants, the Foot and
Shredder. With seamless drop-in, drop-out co-op, along with team combo
moves and relentless combat, this is the game fans have been waiting for
_________ ______ ____ _ __ _____ _ _ _ __ _ _____ _______________:
> proto@col:~$ /release/.url <
_________ ______ ____ _ __ _____ _ _ _ __ _ _____ _______________:
> proto@col:~$ /group/.notes <
_______ _______ _ ___ _ __ _____ _ _ ___ ____ ____ ______ ________:
> proto@col:~$ /sbin/shutdown -h now

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#8722 - tapuPS3 - 4d ago
Any mirror site for Fez? The file from the original post is gone now
here you go my friend :

FIX CFW 3.41 :

FIX is down.. is there a possibility to re-up? Thanks a lot!
i have found something :

Kula World - (NOTE: Running PAL games on NTSC systems causes high pitched sound. This is not fixable!) :

Fix 3.55 :

enjoy, links posted by ZigoTundra

guys, please upload the last of us left behind split file and direct link.., please
Hy there , i can help you with BCES01585 The Last of Us - Left Behind - EU version direct psn link download :

rap file links :

Install notes :

1. install dlc pkg
2. always use the latest update patch for your version of CFW with patch of course
3. use reactPSN to activate the rap file ( NEVER rename the rap file - keep the original fine name )
4. enjoy

Rep pls , and thx would be nice

Could someone fix metal gear solid v ground zeroes for 3.55CFW please? Is there some difficulties why this haven't been fixed yet?
Hy , i found some fixes but all of them are for 4.21 CFW , none for 3.55 if it helps the link is here : Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes + 1.01 Patch game psn link :

update 1.01 link :

CFW 4.21 fix link :

you should try to ask opoisso893 for some help with the 3.55 or use tools offered by scene to resign 4.21 to 3.55. Enjoy and thanks if it helps

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#8721 - buddha1 - 6d ago

Full game:
FIX 3.41/3.55 [PAL-NTSC]:
FIX is down.. is there a possibility to re-up? Thanks a lot!

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#8720 - mmanolos - 1w ago
Any mirror site for Fez? The file from the original post is gone now

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#8719 - jodie - 2w ago
guys, please upload the last of us left behind split file and direct link.., please

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