Wilbrand is an exploit for the Wii that uses a bug in the Wii's message board (similarly to Letterbomb).

Trivia: This exploit was named after Julius Wilbrand, the person who discovered TNT.

Some people incorrectly refer to it as Wiibrand.


  • An SD card (Best results are with non-SDHC cards, SDHC will only work on 4.0 or above) formatted to FAT(32).



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(If you already know how to get your Wii's WiFi MAC Address, skip to step 2)

1. Go to your Wii's Settings menu. Select "Internet" on page 2. Select "Console Information". Record your Wii's MAC Address for use in the next step.

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2. Download the Wilbrand Launcher and extract the Zip file.

3. Enter the MAC address of your Wii. Enter your system menu region and version. Make sure to leave "Bundle the Hackmii installer for me" enabled. Optionally specify your SD card for "Copy directly to device".

4. Click the button with the green envelope to start the download.

If you didn't specify your SD card in step 4, you will find two new folders in the Wilbrand folder: COPY_TO_SD and HACKMII_INSTALLER.

Copy the contents of the COPY_TO_SD folder to the root of the SD card.

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5. Insert the SD card into your Wii.

6. Go to your Message Board (button on bottom-right of Menu) and navigate to "Yesterday" (depending on your timezone, the exploit could show up under "Today").

7. Click on the green envelope with the pink "Bobomb" to run the HackMii installer.

Additional Hackmii installer steps:

8. You will see a Scam warning screen.

Wait for the message at the bottom to appear, then press 1.

9. You will see a screen like this one:

Depending on your wii, it will show different things behind BootMii:.

  • If you see Can be installed, you can get BootMii as boot2 (which gives the best brick protection there is).

  • If you see Can only be installed as an IOS, you can only get BootMii as IOS (which will give you NO brick protection on its own).

Press A to continue.

Now we get to the main menu, where we can install everything.

First install the Homebrew Channel (choose Yes, continue).

The Homebrew Channel will now be installed on your Wii.

Optional (Recommended) Steps: Installing BootMii

BootMii is a helps greatly with Brick protection and it is recommended to install it.

It is not required however.

These steps don't work on WiiU

10. In the HackMii main menu, choose BootMii... and press A. You will get another menu.

11. Before BootMii will work, we need to prepare our SD card, so do that first with the third option.

12. Install BootMii as IOS. This will always work.

13. If you're one of the lucky winners, choose install Bootmii as Boot2, then Yes, continue and let it install.

Once you're done, return to the Main menu and choose Exit. It will launch the Homebrew Channel. You can press Home to bring up a menu and reboot the console.

If you installed BootMii (Wii only)

If you installed BootMii, regardless whether it was as boot2 or IOS, it is recommended you use it to create a NAND backup. This backup can be used to restore the Wii to a working state in case you brick it.

You can learn about launching BootMii and making a backup on the BootMii page.

If you installed BootMii as Boot2, the BootMii menu will appear every time you boot your Wii.

  • If you don't want this, rename/move the "bootmii" folder on the SD card.

  • Alternatively, you can enable Wii menu auto-boot in the configuration file.

So, what's next?

It mostly depends on what you want to do.

I want to run basic homebrew applications:

=> You are already done! Visit the list of Homebrew Applications on Wiibrew. You can also view our Homebrew Channel page if you need help setting things up.

I want to load backup games from a USB drive, install WADs:

=> Continue on to install a cIOS which will allow you to use these more advanced apps.

I want to change the system menu theme (Wii only, will brick WiiU):

=> First install Priiloader for additional brick protection, then read up on MyMenuify, the app which allows you to change the system menu theme.