Install Box64 on Nintendo Switch
Easily emulate x86_64 linux apps on ARM64.
Box64 lets you run x86_64 Linux programs (such as games) on non-x86_64 Linux systems, like ARM (host system needs to be 64bit little-endian).
Because Box64 uses the native versions of some "system" libraries, like libc, libm, SDL, OpenGL, and Vulkan, it's easy to integrate and use with most applications, and performance can be surprisingly high in many cases.
Box86/Box64 Game compatibility list: https://box86.org/app/
To run in a terminal: box64
Fortunately, Box64 is very easy to install on your Nintendo Switch in just two steps.
- Install Pi-Apps - the best app installer for Nintendo Switch.
- Use Pi-Apps to install Box64.
For the best chance of this working, we recommend using the latest version of Switchroot L4T Ubuntu Jammy, which is currently version 5.1.2 Ubuntu Jammy.
Box64 will run on L4T Ubuntu ARM64.
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- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Botspot/pi-apps/master/install | bash
Feel free to check out the Pi-Apps source code here: https://github.com/Botspot/pi-apps
Now that you have Pi-Apps installed, it is time to install Box64.
First launch Pi-Apps from your start menu:
Then click on the Tools category, which leads to the Emulation category.
Now scroll down to find Box64 in the list.
Just click Install and Pi-Apps will install Box64 for you!