How to Install Custom CXMB Themes on PSP

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Sony PSP, the amazing portable gaming console, supports themes to go with every individual’s taste. If you are looking forward to apply an official theme, you can simply copy it to your PSP Theme folder and apply it from PSP Theme Settings. However, most of these official themes are boring and are not much of an eye candy. Custom CXMB (Custom XrossMediaBar) themes, on the other hand are cool, funky and pleasing to eyes, but you can’t use them straight away.

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To use the CXMB theme your PSP should be running a custom firmware with CXMB plugin installed on it. We have already seen how you can install custom firmware on PSP, so let us now see how to install the CXMB plugin to use custom themes.

Note: I have tested the process on my PSP E-1004 Street running on Pro B9 LCFW but I am sure the process will work on almost all the PSPs that have a memory stick support and are running on a custom firmware.

So let’s see how you can use amazing custom themes on your PSP.

Using Custom Themes on PSP

Step 1: Download the CXMB plugin for your PSP and extract the contained files to a folder in your computer. You will get a CXMB folder along with a text file. Leave it as it is for a while

Step 2: Make sure your PSP is running on a custom firmware and mount your PSP Memory Stick onto your computer and transfer the CXMB to Memory Stick root folder.

System Info PSP

Step 3: Now, navigate to seplugin  folder on your Memory Stick folder and open the vsh.txt  text file. If you don’t have this file and folder on your PSP Memory Stick already, you will have to create them manually. The folder seplugin folder should be created in the Memory Stick root and the vsh.txt should be created in the seplugin folder.

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Step 4: In the vhs.txt go to a new line, paste the text ms0:/cxmb/cxmb.prx 1 and save the file. Now copy all the theme files you have to X:/PSP/THEME folder.


I have made a collection of some good themes for you to get started (find them at the end of this post). Download and extract them to the theme folder.

Step 5: Having done that, press the Select button on your PSP to open the VHS menu and navigate to Recovery Menu—>Plugins. Here, enable the plugin cxmb.prx [VHS] and reset the VHS on your device.

VHS menu


cxmb plugin

Step 6: That’s all, you will now see all the custom themes you have on your Memory Stick in PSP Settings—>Themes Settings. Simply select the theme you would like to apply and wait for your device to restart.


You can now make your PSP look really cool and funky. To get started, you can browse and download PSP themes from and I am sure you will love your PSP’s new look. Don’t forget to ask questions if you get stuck on any of the steps mentioned above. I am always happy to help.

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  1. andrew says:

    i have follow the same but the ctf is not showing

    • wild man says:

      just ge to the recovery menu of the pspp and then go to the plugins after that just disable the cxmb.prx (vsh) plugin and you are done then restart your psp and then you will be able to see the .ptf themes in you psp.

  2. jiillll says:

    then how can i uninstall the themes, and change the themes?

    • You are not installing any theme .. but applying them. Therefore there is no need to uninstall. You just have to apply a new one.
      If you don’t want a theme to appear in the list, delete it from the memory stick,.

      • hitesh kumar says:

        I did delete one theme, but my icons are still scrambled and not restored as the “Original” theme shud be.
        Any help?

  3. I did the same as you said to the also my psp is not showing ctf themes,…..please reply…need it badly..

    • godwin says:

      you have to keep cxmb folder in mp root of psp and not in your seplugin folder and vsh in the seplugin you should not keep the cxmb in the seplugin if you do this you can

  4. Ayush Jain says:

    Thanks, Ashish Sir!
    Now , I can install .ctf themes in my psp!!!!!

  5. tushar mathur says:

    where is the recovery menu?……….

  6. captainsparklez says:

    mine were already assembled it shows the the themes when i select the theme i want my psp reboots and the classic psp theme no cxmb theme???????????

  7. mayank mani says:

    its a very nice post u helped me a lot friend thanks

  8. David says:

    Hello, i have done this but the CTF themes are not showing, only ptf are.

  9. hitesh kumar says:

    Hello Ashish,
    I am running my psp (phat) on 6.60 Pro-C. and I did everything step by step but I only .ptf are visible no .ctf is showing.
    I want to know that Do .ctf files are dependent upon CFW version? then may be i need to download .ctf files which are competible with my cfw.

    Now it is showing the themes BUT there are only few of them I can apply. rest are appearing as ‘corrupt data’. can you please help?

  10. deadnarwhal says:

    oh man, after a few other videos on how to do this I finally got it right with your instructions. It’s nice to know that at least one person (you) knows what they are doing.

  11. dave says:

    does any body know why all the themes are showing as corrupted

  12. Damnitufuckdup says:

    Mister Poster, you are using the term “VHS” THIS IS ALL WRONG, When creating the file USE “VSH” or u will get an error, I reccomend you fix update this post?

  13. Cainã Perotti says:

    When I enter in the plugins menu it doesn’t shows the plugins…. fuck…

  14. Okamiden15 says:

    so its not showing up in my Plugins menu. iv got the txt file in the seplugins folder, and the cxmb file in the cxmb folder in the Root folder. i have my ctf in the themes folder. nothing is showing up. help???