Multiman and essential homebrew

Long time scene developer DeanK has seen some ups and downs in terms of popularity within the scene. Drama aside though his Multiman Backup Manager remains the most popular piece of homebrew used on jailbroken PS3’s. The most recent (of many!) releases bring it up to version 4.18.00. The first thing you will notice when you update to this version is the much faster and smoother feel to the GUI! There is still the occasional glitch with the background music but its hardly noticeable any more.

When you look over the features of this popular homebrew its easy to see why its become so popular. Firstly there is the background FTP service which lets you connect to the PS3 via FTP to upload games, patches or mods easily and without the need for a separate FTP application (OpenFTP) on the XMB. The windows and folders based file-manager has a GUI that any windows or mac user will feel comfortable with even without the need for a mouse. So removing the need for a separate file manager being installed on the XMB.

Of course Multiman’s main function is as a game backup manager. This is now working perfectly with all games (some with a little tweaking) and is of course the most popular use for the software.

Add to all that the built in compatibility for most of the popular emulators along with PSX/PS One game backups support and its easy to see why this program resides on 90% of the PS3’s running custom firmware.

For some the only draw back of this manager is that it is no longer open source. A decision taken sometime ago when it was modified to use the Cobra dongle and PS2 backups. If open source is your thing then you will probably want to checkout the latest Iris Manager. While not as fully featured as Multiman it is a quick and perfectly functional backup manager which is all many people need.

A new feature introduced with this version is the downloadable packages found under the Web menus of Multiman’s XXMB. Here you will find the latest homebrew releases easily selectable to download straight to the console and install. No more searching around of that USB memory stick. Just que up the ones you want and Multiman will download and install in the background for you.

So far there’s only a few releases there but the RetroARCH multi-platform emulator and PSChannel are two that should definitely be tried out. RetroARCH especially is fast becoming the one stop emulator for all the popular games consoles, retro computers and arcade games. RetroARCH currently supports the following emulation cores:-

  • bNES – Nintendo Entertainment System / Nintendo Famicom
  • bSNES – Super Nintendo /Super Famicom
  • Final Burn Alpha – Multi arcade system emulator similar to MAME but also supporting newer arcade titles.
  • Gambatte – Game Boy/Game Boy color
  • Genesis Plus GX – Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Master System, Game Gear & SG-100
  • Mednafen PSX – Sony Playstation / PSX / PS One
  • Meteor – Game Boy Advance
  • NXEngine – Cave Story/Doukutsu Monogatari
  • Prboom – Doom

The latest RetroARCH can be downloaded here while Multiman 4.18.00 can be downloaded here. Of course you need a jailbreak for latest ps3 firmware first before which will give you the Install Packages XMB entry.


Multiman has been updated to 04.18.04 and fixes a few bugs in the last release and a couple that have been around for a while.  Heres a quote from the changelog.

04.18.04 (available online)

* When on-screen-keyboard (OSK) is used and user cancels the entry mM will not accept the entered text
* Created proper ring-buffer for mp3 playback which should mean no more glitches/pauses of the music
* Restored support for GLC3.PNG for themes in 8×4 mode
* Increased screenshot JPEG quality to 90% and 1MB buffer size
* Toolbox/IPF from /app_home will be activated when you quit mM with {PS} button on 4.30 Rogero CFWs
* Fixed a bug introduced in mM 04.17.00: mM skipping 1-letter filenames (x.yyy) when copying folders

Update to this version using the update feature of Multiman.

Update:  Both Multiman and RetroArch have been updated.

Download RetroArch v0.9.8.1 here or Download Multiman ver 04.18.04 from here.  You should update your multiman to this release as previous versions had a bug which could cause files to go missing when coping to the internal hard disk of the PS3.  This is possibly the last release of multiman that is closed source.  Future PS3 Jailbreak users will hopefully now benefit from the multi tool going open source.