PS3 Apollo Save Tool v0.5.1 released

Discussion in 'PS3 Homebrew' started by bucanero, Feb 7, 2020.

By bucanero on Feb 7, 2020 at 2:49 PM
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    PS3 development has been seeing an upkick lately and developer @bucanero has been one of the developer playing a part. The developer has recently updated Artemis with new support and also released PKGi (PS3) but now the developer shares a great utility that involves PS3 Game Saves called Apollo, built utilizing the Artemis GUI this homebrew capable of running on CFW and PS3HEN will allow you to Patch & Resign your Game Saves / Download Game Saves / Unlock Game Saves all from the convenience of your PS3 console and not PC tools are required. Below you can see the release thread from the developer himself: So i'll let @bucanero take it from here with another great release:

    It's summer, you're between jobs (a.k.a. unemployed), so what do you do with that amount of free time? You make "Apollo", a new homebrew app for the PS3! :D

    • you might wonder... why is it called Apollo?
      Apollo was the twin brother of Artemis, goddess of the hunt. Since this project was born using the Artemis-GUI codebase, I decided to respect that heritage by calling it Apollo.

      So, without further ado, let's present Apollo:

      Apollo Save Tool is an application to manage save-game files on the PlayStation 3.
      The apollo-ps3 homebrew app allows to download, unlock, patch and resign save-game files directly on your PS3.

      • Easy to use: no crypto-key configuration or advanced setup needed.
      • Standalone: no computer required, everything happens on the PS3.
      • Save files listing: quick access to all the save files on USB and the internal PS3 HDD (+ file details)
      • Save SFO unlocking: allows the user to remove the copy-lock flag, enabling transfer of Copying Prohibited save files.
      • Save PFD resigning: allows the user to resign save files made by other users and consoles.
      • Save downloading: access to an Online Database of save-game files to download straight to your PlayStation.
      • Automatic settings: auto-detection of PSID and Account-ID settings.

    • v0.5.1

      Hot fix release.


      • Fix unzip issue when unpacking online save files


      First public release.

      • Save file listing (+ details)
      • Save file SFO unlocking (remove lock flag)
      • Save file PFD resigning
      • Save file download from Online Database
      • Automatic detection of PSID/Account-ID settings

    • Using the application is simple and straight-forward:
      • Move UP/DOWN to select the save-game file you want to patch, and press :but x: . The patch screen will show the available fixes for the file. Select the patches and click Apply.
      • To see the item's details, press :but tri: . It will open the context menu on the screen. Press :but cir: to return to the list.
      • To reload the list, press :but square: .
      • Press left (L1/L2) or right trigger buttons (R1/R2) to move pages up or down.

    • No special setup is needed. Just download the latest apollo-ps3.pkg package and install it on your PlayStation 3. On first run, the application will detect and setup the required user settings.

    • screenshot_2020_02_06_onlinedb.png screenshot_2020_02_06_patches.png screenshot_2020_02_06_savelist.png screenshot_2020_02_06_settings.png screenshot_2020_02_06_about.png screenshot_2020_02_06_details.png screenshot_2020_02_06_main.png

    • Credits

    See the full project's README for more information:
    feel free to share you comments and ideas! :cool2:

    Download link:
    As usual, full source code is available on GitHub :)
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2020


Discussion in 'PS3 Homebrew' started by bucanero, Feb 7, 2020.

    1. ashura
      hello everybody good morning i want to ask you guys how can i import my saves to the online DB because i am interested to upload some of my savedata for a couple of games into the online DB from apollo pkg, thank you in advance
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    2. bucanero
      Hello @ashura , thanks for wanting to share your ps3 saves!

      Some general notes to begin; the online save database is hosted on GitHub, everything is open-sourced there:

      The structure is simple:
      • Each game has a folder, named with the TITLE-ID. (e.g. BLUS12345)
      • game saves are stored in .zip files inside the game's TITLE ID folder.
      • The Zip filename must be , where "X" can be a number from 0 to 9. (zip extension lowercase).
      • The Zip file must contain the save-game folder and data. (e.g. MYGAME-DATA/*)
      • Each folder has a "saves.txt" file that lists the available saves, with the description.
      • On the root, a file "games.txt" lists all the games/title-id's available.
      note: if the explanation is a bit confusing, please browse the link and it will be much more clear.

      to start, I'll assume you already have your saves copied to your computer (if not, just try to copy the files with the XMB browser to USB)

      I'll do an example with a "Yakuza 4" save (BLES01081)

      once I have my save copied to USB, I should have a folder:

      I need to create a .zip file, with only the "BLES01081L03/" folder inside. (not the full path)
      For this example, I'll use as the filename.

      There are many ways to create a zip, on windows you can use a tool like WinZip, 7-zip, WinRar, etc. As an example, a command line way using Info-Zip:
      cd /PS3/SAVEDATA/
      zip -r BLES01081L03/
      That's the difficult part preparing the save. Now regarding the upload:

      The simple way is to create a Github issue with the provided template, then you can write down the save description and upload the .zip file directly here (just drag&drop the .zip):

      if you're an experienced GitHub user, you can also:
      1. Fork the project
      2. Add the "" to the BLES01081 folder
      3. Edit "saves.txt" in the folder, adding with a short description
      4. Submit the changes with a Pull Request
      5. Then I merge the changes and the saves will be available to every user.

      If you don't know about Github (forks, pull requests, etc), don't worry. Just upload the .zip file you created to or any other web, then just send me a message here with the link and information/description so I can add it.

      Let me know if you can follow the process, I'm hoping to make it as simple as possible

      edit: the document can also be found at
      Last edited: Feb 12, 2020 at 12:54 PM
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    3. DeViL303
      This looks great. I wonder could a "upload save" or "dump save" options be built into the application to make it easier?
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    4. bucanero
      A "dump save" should be simple enough, I'm already using the zip lib in the app, so I could build the .Zip from the selected user save and leave the zip file in the USB drive.

      Uploading would require some real work. The app would need to add on-screen keyboard support (so they can type the description), and I'd need to have a web-server backend (maybe some PHP script?) to "receive" the upload and information. It can't be done directly to Github though.

      In any case, there are a ton of ps3 saves floating around the web already, (,, etc) if someone has time to browse and download them, they could be easily uploaded and shared too.
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    5. ashura
      Bello bucanero thanks jeje sure i will upload my saves to a mega Link as soon as i can in order to share this info jeje
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    6. Md Hesam
      Md Hesam
      I couldn't understand anything about Apollo?
      Can anyone explain this
      Exactly,What can I do with Apollo?
    7. Berion
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    8. ashura
      hello guys if anyone is interested on the saves info that i uploaded, you can see the issue info directly on github where the bucaneros thread is created, best regards
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    9. pinky
      @bucanero , I don't know if xenforo has this plugin, but there's one for vb to change the order of posts via time stamps, so you could then have as many reserved spots as you needed by making a new post, then modifying its time stamp. I don't know if that would be helpful or not, just a suggestion if you run out of space in your posts or they become too verbose or confusing.

      edit: I'm not sure if there's a character limit. I think temp has one of 100,000 characters per post, so I had to split my ps3 tutorials into two. I don't have that problem here, so I'm assuming there is no limit.
      Last edited: Feb 15, 2020 at 5:48 AM
    10. bucanero
      all the saves that you've shared have been published to the online database.

      So if anyone checks the DB now, they should see ~60 new games and saves. :)
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    11. ashura
      thank you very much bucanero for uploading my saves information that took me so much time to develop i hope that this one will help a lot to everyone who like to have an advantage on most games, the only advice that i will do for the nfs the run savedata that one requires a dlc fix that you can download from a website of *** PlayStation Store *** there you will find this one that says ALL DLC FIX (Included all smaller packs) try to download that one it should be working fine that savedata by installing that fix

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