XCI installer released by new Switch group 2168-0002

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This new homebrew will allow you to install XCI files directly to your Switch without having to convert them to NSPs first. It is based off the NSP-installer homebrew, Tinfoil by @Adubbz.

What is an XCI file?
An XCI file is a gamecard dump, while an NSP is an installable eShop file. While XCI files can only be played directly with SX OS, they can now be installed just like an NSP on both SX OS and ReiNX.


How does it work?
  • It extracts the NCAs from the XCI file
  • It changes the one byte in the header that differentiates gamecard files and eShop titles
  • It rebuilds the metadata file and sends it to Tinfoil to begin installing (the metadata file describes the other NCAs present in the file)

Precautions
This homebrew is still a WIP.
  • If you use an exFAT-formatted SD card, please back up all your data before using this homebrew, as it has a small chance to corrupt the card.
  • Some XCI files will not work. If you come across any that do not work, please report them in the main discussion thread.

Where can I get it?
  • Gitlab repository is here
  • Official discussion thread is here

Who is 2168-0002?
The members are as follows:

They can be reached by Twitter at @2168_0002 and can be identified on GBAtemp by their signatures. There are more projects in the pipeline.
 

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The most important point of XCI is being able to load them from SD Card without having to install them or any shit

I think when it started out, yes, this was true. But now since their are other free and open source solutions available, there's a fair amount of SX OS users who want to switch over to other CFW but don't want to have to re-download all their games in a new format. This is an easy way for those users to convert their XCI to a format that other CFW are capable of using, without having to manually convert it themselves.
 

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Bruh...
The most important point of XCI is being able to load them from SD Card without having to install them or any shit
Drag and Drop.
Certainly, but I'm sure happy I don't have to look around for an NSP link when XCI links are everywhere am a good human who doesn't pirate. :wub:
Lots of former ReiNX people in that team. Nice work guys.
ftfy :creep:
 
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