Install KiCad on Nintendo Switch


Electronics Design Automation Suite - newer than what is available from APT
On PiOS Bookworm, this will install KiCAD 8.0.3, whereas only KiCad 6 is available from apt. KiCad 8 has a number of improvements over KiCad 6:

  • Thousands of new footprints
  • Easy importing of boards and libraries from other PCB designers
  • Custom fonts
  • Add graphics to the schematic or board
  • Drag and drop
  • Command line interface
  • Smarter algorothms and crash reporting
  • Much more at

To run: Menu -> Other -> KiCad
To run in a terminal: kicad


  • If you are using PiOS Bullseye, only KiCad 5.1.9 is available from APT, but Pi-Apps will install KiCad 6.0.11 using bullseye-backports.
  • If you are still on PiOS Buster or Ubuntu, Pi-Apps will install the default version available from the repositories.

Fortunately, KiCad 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 KiCad.


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.
KiCad 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 KiCad

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

Then click on the Engineering category.

Now scroll down to find KiCad in the list.

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

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