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Hash Labels

Every ROM that is linked to an achievement set should be clearly identified and labeled. These labels help players know which versions of a game are compatible as well as if there are any translation patches, bug fixes, cosmetic hacks, quality of life hacks, etc. that they can use.

Info for Linked Hashes

  • RA Hash: Check Game Identification to learn more about these. These appear in Manage Hashes automatically.
  • Filename - Filename should be entered as the description. These are typically automatic, but may need some adjustments.
  • Labels - You can use the labels listed below by using the filename of the image (no extension).


ImageLabel to UseNote
main-labelmainSometimes used to show the primary ROM used by the set developer(s)
RAPatchesrapatchesUsed when the hash requires a patch hosted on RAPatches
no-intro-labelnointroThe most common for cartridge-based games
redump-labelredumpThe most common for disc-based games
wozaday-labelwozadayApple II preservation group
fb-neo-labelfbneoMostly used for Arcade
clean-cpccleancpcAmstrad preservation project
4am-crack4amcrackUsed for Apple II
neo-kobe-labelneokobeMostly for PC-8001 and PC-8801
homebrewhomebrewUsed for, you guessed it: Homebrews!
atari-age-labelatariagePopular site for Homebrews
itch-io-labelitchioPopular site for Homebrews
msu-1-labelmsu1Used to mark SNES ROMs with MSU-1 patches
project-egg-labeleggROMs purchased from Project Egg, typically Japanese PC games.
steam-labelsteamROMs purchased from Steam.
mamesl-labelmameslMAME Software List
smwcentral-labelsmwcentralPopular repository for Super Mario World hacks.
rhdn-labelrhdnPopular repository for ROM hacks


Deja Vu (NES)


  • The first hash is the USA version of the game with an Uncensored patch applied to it. The full text of the description is Deja Vu (USA) (Uncensored) (v1.0) (usertheloset).nes, which follows the RAPatches naming scheme. The labels used are nointro and rapatches.
  • The second hash is the No Intro-verified USA version of the game.
  • The third hash is the No Intro-verified Japanese version of the game.

To see how this will look for the majority of users, go to the game entry page and click on "Linked Hashes."


As you can see below, nointro became no-intro-label and rapatches became rapatches-label.


Suikoden (PlayStation)

We'll skip the manage hashes example for this one. Let's go straight to "Linked Hashes" on the game entry page:


The hashes labeled with redump, rhdn, and rapatches require patches that are available on both and in the RAPatches repository.


Linking to Patches

  • The first post of a game's forum topic is the best place to include links to patches required.
  • These do not need to follow a specific format, but the information must be clear.
  • Here is one example of how to format the text in the forum:

Input Text:

[b]Suikoden (Europe) (De) (v1.01) (Twisted Phoenix Game Translation)[/b]
[b]Suikoden (Europe) + [url=]German Patch[/url][/b] [img=Images/labels/rhdn.png]
[b]Suikoden (Europe) + [url=]German Patch[/url][/b] [img=Images/labels/rapatches.png]
[i]RA Checksum: [/i]f0c5ec0696aa2ec2d6e5b731fbe07491


  • A second example: Input Text:
[img=Images/labels/rapatches.png] [img=Images/labels/rhdn.png]
Download the patch from RHDN [url=]here[/url].
RAPatches Mirror [url=]here[/url].


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