Install AbiWord on Nintendo Switch


A free and open-source alternative to Microsoft Word.

AbiWord is a lightweight word processor compatible with a wide variety of file formats. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles of Microsoft Word or Libre Office's Writer, but it is more than enough for the average user.
The source code is available at

NOTE: AbiWord uses .abw extension by default.

To run: Menu -> Office -> Abiword.
To run in terminal: abiword.

Fortunately, AbiWord is very easy to install on your Nintendo Switch in just two steps.

  1. Install Pi-Apps - the best app installer for Nintendo Switch.
  2. Use Pi-Apps to install AbiWord.


For the best chance of this working, we recommend using the latest version of Switchroot L4T Ubuntu Noble, which is currently version 5.1.2 Ubuntu Noble.
AbiWord will run on L4T Ubuntu ARM64.

Install Pi-Apps

Pi-Apps is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to install the most useful programs on your Nintendo Switch with just a few clicks.

Open a terminal and run this command to install Pi-Apps:

wget -qO- | bash

Feel free to check out the Pi-Apps source code here:

Install AbiWord

Now that you have Pi-Apps installed, it is time to install AbiWord.
First launch Pi-Apps from your start menu:

Then click on the Office category.

Now scroll down to find AbiWord in the list.

Just click Install and Pi-Apps will install AbiWord for you!

Pi-Apps is a free and open source tool made by Botspot and other contributors. Find out more at