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app cargo-vita

Cargo wrapper for developing Sony PlayStation Vita homebrew apps

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0.2.0 Jan 12, 2024
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Crates.io MIT/Apache 2.0

Cargo command to work with Sony PlayStation Vita rust project binaries.

For general guidelines see vita-rust book.


  • VitaSDK must be installed, and VITASDK environment variable must point to its location.
  • vitacompanion for ftp and command server (uploading and running artifacts)
  • PrincessLog is required for cargo vita logs
  • vita-parse-core for cargo vita coredump parse


cargo +nightly install cargo-vita


Use the nightly toolchain to build Vita apps (either by using rustup override nightly for the project directory or by adding +nightly in the cargo invocation).

Cargo wrapper for developing Sony PlayStation Vita homebrew apps

Usage: cargo vita [OPTIONS] <COMMAND>

  build     Builds the Rust binary/tests/examples into a VPK or any of the intermediate steps
  upload    Uploads files and directories to the Vita vita ftp
  run       Starts an installed title on the Vita by the title id
  logs      Start a TCP server on this machine, to which Vita can stream logs via PrincessLog
  coredump  Download coredump files from the Vita
  reboot    Reboot the Vita
  help      Print this message or the help of the given subcommand(s)

  -q, --quiet       By default, verbose level is 1. Setting quiet flag will reduce it by one
  -v, --verbose...  Print the exact commands `cargo-vita` is running. Passing this flag multiple times will enable verbose mode for the rust compiler
  -h, --help        Print help (see more with '--help')
  -V, --version     Print version

The build command pass-through arguments are passed to cargo build.

Setting up the environment

cargo-vita requires you to set VITASDK environment variable. In addition to that, if you are planning on uploading files, running executables and working with core dumps with this tool, it is recommended to set VITA_IP environment variable instead of passing it to every command as an argument.

You can set these environment variables in your shell configuration (such as .bashrc), use direnv, and additionally this tool will parse your projects .cargo/config.toml for [env] section.

Parameterize your project

cargo-vita uses information in Cargo.toml to build your vpk.

Add the following section to Cargo.toml of your project:

# A unique identifier for your project. 9 chars, alphanumeric.
title_id = "RUSTAPP01"
# A title that will be shown on a bubble. Optional, will take the crate name as the default
title_name = "My application"
# Optional. A path to static files relative to the project.
assets = "static"
# Optional, this is the default
build_std = "std,panic_unwind"
# Optional, this is the default
vita_strip_flags = ["-g"]
# Optional, this is the default
vita_make_fself_flags = ["-s"]
# Optional, this is the default
vita_mksfoex_flags = ["-d", "ATTRIBUTE2=12"]


# Build all current/all workspace projects in release mode as vpk
cargo vita build vpk -- --release

# Build tests of current/all workspace projects in release mode as vpk
cargo vita build vpk -- --release --tests

# Build examples of current/all workspace projects in release mode as vpk and upload vpk files to ux0:/download/
cargo vita build vpk --upload -- --release --examples

# Build a eboot.bin, upload it to Vita and run it. The VPK must already be installed for that to work.
cargo vita build eboot --update --run -- --release

# Start a TCP server and listen for logs. Send a termination signal to stop (e.g. ctrl+c)
cargo vita logs

Additional tools

For a better development experience it is recommended to install additional modules on your Vita.


When enabled, this module keeps a FTP server on your Vita running on port 1337, as well as a TCP command server running on port 1338.

  • The FTP server allows you to easily upload vpk and eboot files to your Vita. This is FTP server is used by cargo-vita for the following commands and flags:

    # Builds a eboot.bin, and uploads it to ux0:/app/TITLEID/eboot.bin
    cargo vita build eboot --update
    # Builds a vpk, and uploads it to ux0:/download/project_name.vpk
    cargo vita build vpk --upload
    # Recursively upload ~/test to ux0:/download
    cargo vita upload -s ~/test -d ux0:/download/
  • The command server allows you to kill and launch applications and reboot your Vita:

    # Reboot your Vita
    cargo vita reboot
    # After uploading the eboot.bin this command will kill the current app,
    # and launch your TITLEID
    cargo vita build eboot --update --run


This module allows capturing stdout and stderr from your Vita. In order to capture the logs you need to start a TCP server on your computer, and configure PrincessLog to connect to it.

For convenience cargo-vita provides two commands to work with logs:

  • A command to start a TCP server Vita will connect to:

    # Start a TCP server on, and print all bytes received via the socket to stdout
    cargo vita logs
  • A command to reconfigure PrincessLog with the new ip/port. This will use the FTP server provided by vitacompanion to upload a new config. If an IP address of your machine is not explicitly provided, it will be guessed using local-ip-address crate. When a configuration file is updated, the changes are not applied until Vita is rebooted.

    # Generate and upload a new config for PrincessLog to your Vita.
    # Will guess a local IP address of the machine where this command is executed.
    # After reconfiguration reboots the Vita.
    cargo vita logs configure && cargo vita reboot
    # Explicitly sets the IP address Vita will connect to.
    # Also enables kernel debug messages in the log.
    cargo vita logs configure --host-ip-address --kernel-debug


Except where noted (below and/or in individual files), all code in this repository is dual-licensed at your option under either:


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