Installing h-encore (Linux / Mac)

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Required Reading

This method requires a Linux or Mac computer.

The h-encore installation is performed manually and requires the use of the command line.

Before proceeding, ensure you have read all of the information on Installing h-encore

What You Need

  • The .pkg format demo of Bitter Smile
  • The latest release of h-encore
  • The latest release of psvimgtools (the .zip file for your OS)
  • The latest version of pkg2zip
    • You will need to compile pkg2zip manually by following the readme
  • The latest release of QCMA
    • Uninstall the official Sony CMA if it is already installed
    • MacOS users should download the “noffmpeg” version of QCMA


Section I - Prep Work

  1. Install and launch QCMA on your computer if you have not already
  2. Copy the contents of the auto h-encore .zip to a folder on your computer
  3. Launch the Content Manager application on your device
  4. Select “Copy Content”
  5. Select “PC”
  6. Select the method you wish to use to connect to QCMA
    • If you are prompted to log-in to a PlayStation Network Account, do so
    • If you do not have a PlayStation Network Account, create one
  7. Select / register your computer if prompted

Section II - Installing h-encore

  1. Open on your computer
  2. Navigate to the PS Vita/APP/ folder on your computer using the file explorer
    • By default, this directory will be in the Documents folder on your computer
    • If you cannot find it, check the QCMA “Applications / Backups” setting
  3. Copy the name of the folder in this directory, then paste it into the “AID” box on the CMA website
    • Here is an example AID: ec8d45ec9c055609
  4. Select “Submit” to generate the corresponding key
    • Keep this page open; you will need this key soon
    • Here is an example key: 488d3ff6cce7a9ef1be6da8338c7d18db18147c3255fa4d50596568555687174
  5. Copy the h-encore folder from the h-encore .zip to a folder on your computer
  6. Copy the contents of the psvimgtools .zip to the h-encore folder
  7. Copy the compiled pkg2zip binary to the h-encore folder
  8. Move the Bitter Smile .pkg file to the h-encore folder
  9. Copy to the h-encore folder
  10. Open a terminal window
  11. cd into the h-encore directory
  12. Run sh
  13. Run ./psvimg-create -n app -K YOUR_KEY app PCSG90096/app
    • Replace “YOUR_KEY” with the key we generated earlier
  14. Run ./psvimg-create -n appmeta -K YOUR_KEY appmeta PCSG90096/appmeta
  15. Run ./psvimg-create -n license -K YOUR_KEY license PCSG90096/license
  16. Run ./psvimg-create -n savedata -K YOUR_KEY savedata PCSG90096/savedata
  17. Close your terminal window
  18. Copy the h-encore/PCSG90096 folder to the PS Vita/APP/YOUR_AID/ folder on your computer using the file explorer

Section III - QCMA Transfer

  1. Right-click the QCMA icon in the system tray, then select “Refresh database”
  2. In the Content Manager application on your device, select “PC -> PS Vita System”
  3. Select “Applications”
  4. Select “PS Vita”
  5. Select “h-encore”
  6. Select “Copy”
  7. Select “OK”
    • The h-encore exploit will be copied to your device
    • This process will take some time
  8. Close the Content Manager application

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