Installing Homebrew Channel on Dolphin Emulator

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On Dolphin Emulator version 5.0-4588 or later, the Wii Menu can be easily installed through Dolphin itself. Once this is done, the Homebrew Channel can be installed, although not in the same manner as a physical Wii.



  1. If you have not already done so, install the Wii Menu on Dolphin Emulator by going to Tools > Perform System Update.

  2. Download Open_HBC_(version)_LULZ.wad from the page linked above.
  3. Open Dolphin Emulator.
  4. Select Tools > Install WAD and select the Open_HBC_(version)_LULZ.wad file that was downloaded.

  5. Select Tools > Load Wii System Menu. The channel should now appear.

Post-Installation, installing Homebrew Apps through Open Shop Channel

  1. Download the Open Shop Channel here for usage in Dolphin. Alternatively, you can get OSCDL and do this process manually.
  2. Stop the emulation (if running), and open the Config > Wii window in Dolphin Emulator.
  3. Enable Automatically Sync with Folder. Optionally, you may also want to adjust the SD Card File Size to a larger parameter - however in most cases Auto should be fine.
  4. Open the SD Sync Folder. On Windows, this can easily be done by pasting the folder path into the Start Menu, Windows Explorer, or Run.
  5. Extract any homebrew apps to the WiiSDSync folder. The end result should look something like this:

  6. Load the Wii Menu and open the Homebrew Channel. Your newly installed apps should appear!