How to install PKG files on PS4 over USB and FTP (2024)

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This is part of our Jailbreaking the PS4 series, if you’ve not done so and have a PlayStation 4 on 9.00 or below, then have a look at how to do it and install the Homebrew Store.

Jailbreaking your PS4 opens the world of possibilities to custom apps that will usually come in PKG files. As you’ve probably guessed – PKG is a shortened version of package and is used by the PS4’s operating system to install the data to the console. PKG files are commonly found on other systems and such, linking in the Playstation 4 with its UNIX and FreeBSD background.

Getting PKG files onto the PS4 is really easy, but there are a few ways to do it. Whether you want to go back and forth with a USB drive or do it over FTP (File Transfer Protocol), that’s up to you. Personally, I find going back and forth with a USB drive is the easiest way, but that’s also because my PS4 currently sits on the desk at work right in front of me. I also have an office level of fiber internet, so your transfer speeds over FTP might not be the fastest in the world.

We will not tell you where to acquire these PKG files from. PC Guide is fully assuming you already know and if you’re going to do it over Torrents, please at least use a Seedbox or a VPN while doing so.

You will need to get the following from the Homebrew Store:

Remote PKG Installer – Remote Package Downloader will look like it has crashed on launch, but it literally doesn’t do anything but stay on that icon. You can close out of it with the home button once you’ve started the transfer, but I just keep it open because I’m paranoid.

IPI/Internal PKG Installer – An app that will grab all your PKG files from the internal drive and begin installing them as if it were downloading from a server.

PS4 Xplorer – A basic file explorer and Package installer from the Homebrew Store. If you can’t be bothered reconnecting via FTP or your PC is in another room, you can always use this to manage your storage. It’ll also install packages, but it can be prone to failure.

Then on your PC, if you want to go through the FTP method, you’ll want get grab Package Sender 1.2 (made by Modded Warfare) and FileZilla.

I’m getting you to download and install FileZilla, as it is a really handy piece of software to have about when tinkering with the PS4, as you can see all your files on the PS4 on your PC and transfer things in and out as you see fit. So when you’re done with the PKG files on the PS4, you can delete them without having to fumble through the menus on it directly if you’re in the other room for example.

Modded Warfare’s Package Sender 1.2 is a little janky, but it does the job. It links with Remote PKG Installer to transfer and install the files as needed without any real need to do much.

If you’re going via USB, you’ll just want the fattest hard drive you can get.

You’ll also need a bit of patience. Games got big in the last few years, so don’t expect to suddenly have everything done and dusted in a few minutes. It’ll still be faster than PSN downloads but just set your expectations.

How to install PKG files over USB

Once you’ve downloaded your files onto your PC, drag and drop them onto your chosen portable drive’s root. Don’t split them by file, the Package Installer can’t find them that way. Once the transfer has been completed, plug it in and head into the GoldHEN menu and choose Package Installer. It’ll read your drive and give you the option to install all or just one PKG file. Once that has finished, back out and find your newly installed file on the bar.

How to install PKG files over FTP/Network

If you’re on a slow connection, I’d recommend you not do this one and deal with the USB drive method. You’re going to find that you hate this way of doing things because it’s a nightmare on a slow network.

Package Sender 1.2

Load up Package Sender 1.2 and head to your Network settings in the PS4. Take note of your IP address and put that into the blank box of Package Sender. Now back on the PS4, turn on the FTP settings in GoldHEN and you can begin transferring.

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When you press test server on the app, it’ll ask to install Node.js if you don’t already have it. Just follow its lead and then install the http server as well. If it still can’t find Node.js, close the program and restart it to jog its memory.

Open Remote Package Installer and on Package Sender, you can either drag and drop the PKG files into it or right-click and import them via the explorer. Once in the program, highlight it with a left-click and press send. It should begin sending. If not, change one of the IP addresses in the other list. Not where you typed in your PS4’s.

We run a few devices here in the office, so I had to choose an alternative IP, but once done it began to send almost instantly. If you can’t find out which one it is, open Command Prompt, type in ipconfig and that should list every IP on your PC right now – virtual machines included.

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Once you’ve pressed send, it’ll ping a notification over on the PS4 that it is “downloading”. Now as said above, I’m paranoid, but you feel free to go back to the main menu, just don’t suspend the app.

IPI (Internal Package Installer) and FTP

Download IPI from the Github page and put it onto the hard drive or USB you use to install PKG files. Head into the GoldHEN menu and then install it from the Package Installer.

So with FileZilla all set up, at the top next to “Host” you need to pop in your PS4’s IP address, and then the Ports are 2121. GoldHEN should tell you the ports underneath the FTP option. Press Quick Connect and you should then be able to see a big long list of files for the PS4.

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Here, we need to go to the Data folder. This is really the only folder you should mess with internally, but if you go digging you’ll find screenshots and stuff you’ve downloaded over the years. It’s actually really neat, but don’t go tinkering where you shouldn’t.

Pop the downloaded package into the Data folder, literally, drag and drop it in and your transfer should begin. Over a wireless connection, this will be slow. Over wired, it should be fine, but preferably you’d have the PS4 directly connected to the PC’s Ethernet port and configure the settings to share a connection with your wireless. (That’s coming soon.)

The file cannot have any other characters other than letters and numbers. If you’re installing a PS4 game PKG, it won’t recognize it if you’re installing the raw download with all the brackets and dots that are usually in there from the scene. Just rename it to whatever you want.

Load up IPI and it will find your PKG file. This method of doing things is a little long in the tooth, as once it has picked it up, it’ll simply install it the old way. If you have the PS4’s original hard drive in, this can be a little long. But stick with it and you won’t really ever have to move a USB drive or deal with odd programs again.

IPI isn’t as intuitive as Remote PKG Installer though, as it will just leave the PKG file on your PS4 rather than doing away with it after the fact. So make sure to delete files with PS4 Xplorer once you’re done.

How to install PKG files on PS4 over USB and FTP (2024)


Can I install PS4 games from USB? ›

You can use a USB storage device as extended storage to install your applications. You can also move applications from PS4™ system storage to extended storage. Use a USB storage device that meets the following conditions. The first time you use a USB storage device, you'll need to format it.

What opens .PKG files? ›

Since PKG files are plain text files, you can open and edit them in any text editor, such as Microsoft Notepad (Windows) or Apple TextEdit (Mac).

How do I install a PKG file? ›

Choose Manage > Install Packages, then select a . pkg or . mpkg file to install. Alternatively, you can drag an installer package to the package list window.

Can I install PS3 PKG on PS4? ›

The short answer is that no, the PlayStation 4 is not backward-compatible with PlayStation 3 games. Inserting a PS3 disc into the PS4 will not work.

What Format does PS4 USB? ›

You'll need to make sure your hard disk, SSD or USB drive is formatted using the FAT32 or exFAT file systems – the PS4 doesn't support the NTFS file system. We recommend exFAT, because it supports files that are over 4GB in size.

Can PS4 play ISO files? ›

iso files!

What is the full form of PKG? ›

Pkg. is a written abbreviation for package. COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary.

What is .RAP file? ›

rap extension belongs to Raptor, a programming environment created by Martin C. Carlisle. The RAP file contains specifications for flowcharts. These flowcharts, used in software development, show execution order of commands and help visualizing algorithms in the code.

How do I open a PKG file online? ›

Programs that open and convert PKG files:
  1. Solaris by Oracle. ...
  2. AppleLink (compressed archive file) by Apple. ...
  3. Automise (action package) by Vsoft. ...
  4. CoCreate (3D project package) by PTC. ...
  5. Developer Studio (MFC extension DLL) by Microsoft. ...
  6. InstallShield (Compiled Setup Package) by Acresso Software Inc.

How do I transfer PKG files from PC to ps4? ›

(EP 19) How to Install PS4 PKG's via FTP (9.00 or Lower) - YouTube

How do I open package files? ›

If you cannot open your PACKAGE file correctly, try to right-click or long-press the file. Then click "Open with" and choose an application. You can also display a PACKAGE file directly in the browser: Just drag the file onto this browser window and drop it.

Can PKG file work on PC? ›

pkg files is created with the makesis command, which is a part of the CreateSIS utility program. Nevertheless, . pkg files cannot be open directly on your Windows 10 system, which means you would need to have a file utility software installed to have access to this file format.

What PS4 version can be jailbroken? ›

PS4s running on firmware 7.55 or lower can now be Jailbroken. The tools and process to Jailbreak your PS4s are described in the links below: Where to buy a PS4 running Firmware 7.55 or lower.

How do you install ROMS on PS4? ›

(EP 4) How to Install PS4 Games, DLC & Updates (9.00 or Lower!)

Can PS4 emulate PS3? ›

Answer: PS4 emulators are not backward compatible with PS3 games.

How do I Format my USB to FAT32 on PS4? ›

How To Format USB to Fat32 (PS4 Tutorial) - YouTube

Why won't my PS4 read my USB? ›

If your USB drive has the NTFS file system, the PS4 gaming console will not recognize it. As previously stated, the PS4 only supports the FAT32 and exFAT file systems. As a result, you must convert the NTFS file system on the USB device to the FAT32/exFAT file system.

What file types can PS4 play? ›

According to its official file format requirements, PS4 is compatible with MP4 (H. 264), MKV (H. 264), AVI (H. 264, MPEG4), MPEG-2 TS (H.

Can you convert PS4 games to PC? ›

Every PlayStation Now game is available to stream to your PC, meaning over 800 games are at your fingertips if you're a subscriber. For anyone starting these games on PS4 or PS5 and then wanting to pick up on PC where you left off, you'll need a PlayStation Plus membership to transfer your cloud saves.

What does PKG mean in script? ›

PKGPackage Governmental » Military -- and more...Rate it:
PKGNeXT Installer script Computing » File ExtensionsRate it:
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PKGAppleLink Package file Computing » File ExtensionsRate it:
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What is the difference between LKG and UKG? ›

1. What is the difference between LKG and UKG? The full meaning of LKG is Lower Kindergarten, and UKG stands for Upper Kindergarten. LKG prepares your kid to cope with the more advanced educational environment of UKG.

What is the short form of packet? ›

Pkt is used in recipes as a written abbreviation for packet.

What is rap for PS3? ›

A RAP file contains a decryption key that verifies ownership of a PlayStation 3 (PS3) game. RAP files are packaged with a game, and the PS3 console references the RAP file when loading the game to allow the user to play the game.

What are PKG files for PS3? ›

pkg (package) is a filename extension used for several file formats that contain packages of software and other files to be installed onto a certain device, operating system, or filesystem, such as the macOS, iOS, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.

How do you download games onto a USB? ›

Insert the flash drive into a computer's open USB port. In the AutoPlay pop-up Window, select "Open folder to view files". Step 2. Go to the game files you wish to transfer to the flash drive and select them.

Can you download PS4 games from PC? ›

You cannot download PS4 games on any other device other than PS4 itself. That being said, you can, however, transfer already installed games to an external hard drive, if that is what you want.

What PS4 version can be jailbroken? ›

PS4s running on firmware 7.55 or lower can now be Jailbroken. The tools and process to Jailbreak your PS4s are described in the links below: Where to buy a PS4 running Firmware 7.55 or lower.

How do you use USB storage on PS4? ›

Set up is simple — just plug your external USB 3.0 drive into one of PS4 USB ports, navigate to Settings, Devices, USB Storage Devices, then select your new drive and choose “Format as Extended Storage.”

Can you run a game from a USB flash drive? ›

Is it possible to run a game from a USB flash drive? Yes. The majority of games can be installed on a USB flash and you can run them off the storage device. Furthermore, you can also install Steam on a USB flash drive.

What should I put on my USB drive? ›

8 Cool Things to Put on a USB Drive
  1. Media Library. Do you have music, movies, games or other media that you'd like to back up? ...
  2. Creative Portfolio. ...
  3. Bootable OS. ...
  4. Cryptocurrency. ...
  5. Photos and Videos. ...
  6. Client Deliverables. ...
  7. Travel Documents. ...
  8. Games.
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Can you put games on a external hard drive? ›

Yes, you can. The best external hard drives are extremely easy to use. All you need to do is plug them in. Besides, an external hard drive can be a great way to install games on multiple computers.

Is there a emulator for PS4? ›

PCSX4 is a PS4 emulator that runs on both Windows and macOS. The emulator uses DirectX 12, Vulkan, and OpenGL to run PS4 games. You can play games at different frame rates. The emulator supports multiple input devices, including PC mouse, PS4, and Xbox One controllers.

Can we download PS4 games from Internet? ›

You can search for, buy, and download PS4 games directly from the PlayStation Store. In the PS4 Games Library, you can download games you've already purchased. You can also download PS4 games from a web browser or the PS app.

Is there a PlayStation app for PC? ›

Using the PS Remote Play app, you can control your PlayStation®5 console or PlayStation®4 console from a PC or Mac connected to a high-speed network.

Is PS4 9.03 jailbreak possible? ›

TL,DR: There is no publicly known kernel exploit for firmwares 9.03 and above, let alone discussions of a release. the best option for you if you're looking to Jailbreak your PS4, is to buy a PS4 running firmware 9.00 or lower, at this point (eBay is your friend).

Can jailbreak damage PS4? ›

Here's why: If not done correctly, you could brick the PS4 and render it useless. if you go online when jailbroken, you could lose your PSN or PS + permanently. Sony will not tolerate anyone jailbreak their game consoles.

What can a hacked PS4 do? ›

What Can A Jailbroken PS4 Do?
  • A Quick Word of Warning…
  • Play PS4 Games.
  • Create Custom Themes.
  • Emulating Other Games.
  • Homebrew Games.
  • Installing and Running Linux.
  • Game Backups.
  • FPS Patches and Cheats.
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What is a FAT32 USB? ›

(File Allocation Table32) The 32-bit version of the FAT file system. Employed on Windows PCs prior to the more advanced NTFS file system, the FAT32 format is widely used for USB drives, flash memory cards and external hard drives for compatibility between all platforms.

What is the best USB for PS4? ›

Corsair Flash Voyager GT 3.0

This USB flash drive should be the best choice for most PS4 users for its fast transfer speed and reasonable price, but it doesn't support USB 3.1 connection. It is fit for PS4 and PS4 Slim. It can also work with PS4 Pro that is equipped with USB 3.1, but just with the speed of USB 3.0.

Can PS4 read USB drives? ›

Like the Roku and Chromecast, Sony's PlayStation 4 can play video and music files from a USB drive or another computer on your network.

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