Install BalenaEtcher on Nintendo Switch


Flash SD cards with a disk image. Many file types supported.
To run: Menu -> Accessories -> balenaEtcher
To run in a terminal: balena-etcher

Fortunately, BalenaEtcher 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 BalenaEtcher.


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.
BalenaEtcher 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 BalenaEtcher

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

Then click on the Tools category.

Now scroll down to find BalenaEtcher in the list.

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

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