Install Guake Terminal on Nintendo Switch

Guake Terminal

Guake is a top-down terminal, inspirated by the famous terminal used in Quake.

You can show and hide your terminal with a single key stroke, execute a command, and then go back to your previous task without breaking your workflow.

To run: Press F12. (Guake runs automatically on startup)
To run manually: Menu -> System Tools -> Guake Terminal
To run in a terminal: guake

Fortunately, Guake Terminal 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 Guake Terminal.


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.
Guake Terminal 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 Guake Terminal

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

Then click on the Terminals category.

Now scroll down to find Guake Terminal in the list.

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

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