Homebrew Is it possible to compile 3DS SD card contents into .cia/.3ds from a PC?

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I know it's possible to take downloaded eShop games and turn them back into a .cia file (which can then be converted into a .3ds file) through a homebrew app, but given that this takes so long, is it possible to go through a similar process on a PC by reading the SD card's full contents?
 
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No, and I'm not sure what good it would do if you could. You already have to have the contents on the sd card to install any cia.
 

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No, and I'm not sure what good it would do if you could. You already have to have the contents on the sd card to install any cia.
It’s useful because I want to back up my downloaded games to use in Citra, and I don’t want it to take 10-20 minutes per game. And though it’s possible to import an entire SD card in Citra, I’d prefer to have each game as an individual file for preservation’s sake (and because it’s just cleaner).
 

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the closest thing is using xorpads maybe, but even then, you need the system to dump them. I vaguely remember doing that when I was jumping from gateway to luma.
 

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I should add that while Freeshop is obviously kaput, I think it might still be possible to download a legitimate CIA from the eShop CDN using a PC if you have the right ticket. But obviously there is very little interest in doing so and I cannot recall the specifics.
 

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I should add that while Freeshop is obviously kaput, I think it might still be possible to download a legitimate CIA from the eShop CDN using a PC if you have the right ticket. But obviously there is very little interest in doing so and I cannot recall the specifics.

not sure. I thought that the issue with a pc is that it's not a 3ds. the new way it works is it verifies that it's a 3ds, I think, by reading a certificate file. that's where sony and nintendo both really fucked up. sony still has this fucked up. you can download packages for even the ps4 on a pc. there's absolutely no verification process. I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same with the ps5. sure, you still need the license, but that's kinda fucked up.
 

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Perhaps not entirely related, but it's worth mentioning custom-install, which lets your install CIA files to your SD card from a PC... 100 times faster than using FBI on the handheld itself.
 
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