PS3: How to transfer games to your PS3 via FTP (using multiMAN)

This is pretty simple now, but there are some quirks you have to be aware of.

  • multiMAN works best in passive mode (PASV)
  • You can only have one connection at a time. Any more than that and multiMAN will either time out or disconnect.

First, go to Settings > Network Settings > Settings and Connection Status List. There you can get your IP address.

On a side note, I prefer to match a MAC address to an IP in my router settings (not covered in this tutorial!)

Now run multiMAN. Check under Settings > FTP Service to see if it's enabled.

On your computer, download and install FileZilla. Go to File > Site manager > New Site. Use the following settings:

  • Host: Your PS3's IP address
  • Port: 21
  • Logon type: Normal
  • User: anonymous
  • Password: (Clear it out and leave it blank)

On the "Transfer settings" tab:

  • Transfer mode: Passive
  • Tick "Limit number of simultaneous connections" and set it to 1

Once you connect, you'll see a few folders like this.


Double click on dev_hdd0, it's the internal hard drive.

For extracted game files, put em into "dev_hdd0/GAMEZ". The "game" folder is for games which are already installed.

If you have PKG files which need to be installed on the PS3, place them into "dev_hdd0/packages".

Drag and drop the files to transfer. Once the files are copied over,they can be accessed via multiMAN's user interface.

This is much easier than the previous method where games had to be copied onto an external drive then copied into the PS3 via a horrible user interface.

No more jumping through hoops!

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