Install Powerline-Shell on Nintendo Switch


A beautiful and useful prompt generator for Bash, ZSH, Fish, and tcsh:

-Shows some important details about the git/svn/hg/fossil branch
-Changes color if the last command exited with a failure code
-If you're too deep into a directory tree, shortens the displayed path with an ellipsis
-Shows the current Python virtualenv environment
-It's easy to customize and extend.

Fortunately, Powerline-Shell 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 Powerline-Shell.


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.
Powerline-Shell 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 Powerline-Shell

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

Then click on the Appearance category.

Now scroll down to find Powerline-Shell in the list.

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

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