Install Caprine on Nintendo Switch


Caprine is an unofficial and privacy focused Facebook Messenger app with many useful features.
Built with Electron, Caprine features a Dark mode, keyboard shortcuts, ability to toggle last seen/typing indicators, work chat support, code blocks, custom text size, and an interface that adapts to resizing windows.

Caprine is a third-party app and is not affiliated with Facebook.

To run: Menu -> Internet -> Caprine
To run in a terminal: /opt/Caprine/caprine

Fortunately, Caprine 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 Caprine.


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.
Caprine 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 Caprine

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

Then click on the Internet category, which leads to the Communication category.

Now scroll down to find Caprine in the list.

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

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