Install Imager on Nintendo Switch


Raspberry Pi's official SD card imaging utility.
This includes many features and customizations you can make to the image before flashing, and is overall very reliable.
To run: Menu -> Accessories -> Imager
To run in terminal: rpi-imager

Fortunately, Imager 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 Imager.


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.
Imager 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 Imager

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

Then click on the Tools category.

Now scroll down to find Imager in the list.

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

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