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In order to build a vita sample, you need to add the toolchain

directory to your


Every samples directory should include a CMake list. To build a sample, place yourself into this directory and use the

cmake . && make
command to build it.


To run a sample: - Send the generated

to your vita: - Start an FTP server on your vita (for example, with VitaShell - by pressing the select button). - Upload the
to the Vita using your FTP client (for example, with Curl - with
curl -T *.vpk ftp://YOUR_VITA_IP:1337/ux0:/
) - If Curl returns
fatal: No names found, cannot describe anything
it mean that you are trying to overwrite a folder with a file. Add a
to the end of your url to explain that you want to upload IN this folder. - Install the
on your vita using a vpk installer (for example, with VitaShell - by pressing the X button on the
) - This will create a new folder in the
for the sample.

Building everything

Use the following command to build every samples:

mkdir build && cd build
cmake ..

List of samples

  • audio
    : Simple audio wave generator.
  • camera
    : Demonstration of camera features.
  • common
    : Common functions for samples.
  • ctrl
    : A minimal controller (button) sample.
  • debug_print
    : A minimal debug print sample.
  • debugscreen
    : Debug text printing sample.
  • hello_cpp_world
    : A minimal hello world sample in C++.
  • hello_world
    : A minimal hello world sample.
  • ime
    : Graphical dialog sample.
  • microphone
    : Demonstration of microphone features.
  • motion
    : Prints accelerometer data.
  • net_http
    : A minimal HTTP download sample.
  • net_http_bsd
    : A minimal HTTP download sample using BSD sockets.
  • net_libcurl
    : A libcurl download sample.
  • power
    : A minimal power sample.
  • pretty_livearea
    : A minimal hello world sample with example livearea styling and features.
  • prx_loader
    : Load/list prx modules.
  • prx_simple
    : Minimal sample prx module.
  • redrectangle
    : Example SDL rendering.
  • rtc
    : A minimal RTC sample.
  • socket_ping
    : ICMP ping using raw sockets.
  • soloud
    : Plays an audio file and Text To Speech.
  • touch
    : A minimal touch sample.

Notes on images

  • Images shall use indexed palettes (PNG-8 128 Dithered).
  • The size of an image shall not exceed 420KB.
  • For some reasons, some PNG files created by GIMP makes the .vpk installation crash.
  • You can further minimize overhead by running your images through pngquant.

Notes on supporting files and folders

  • File names shall not exceed 32B.
  • Directory names shall not exceed 16B.
  • Folder creation shall not exceed one level.

Notes on XML

  • UTF-8 character encoding, CRLF line termination.
  • File size shall not exceed 32KB.
  • Different visual styles are available, check the sample
    for an example.


All code and build scripts in this repo is licensed under the terms of CC0 1.0 Universal.

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