Install QR Code Reader on Nintendo Switch

QR Code Reader

CoBang app - simple lightweight QR code and barcode scanner, uses the webcam.
Not sure if this is compatible with the Raspberry Pi Cameras, but it should work with those if you set one up as a normal video output device.
It also supports importing a picture of a QR code.

To run: Menu -> Graphics -> CoBang
To run in a terminal: flatpak run vn.hoabinh.quan.CoBang

Quick tip: In testing, it seems that the scanned URL is displayed below the bottom edge of the window. It is still there, but you cannot see it. And the scrollbar is one of those auto-hiding ones. To see the URL, you just need to scroll down, or increase the height of the program window.

Fortunately, QR Code Reader 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 QR Code Reader.


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.
QR Code Reader 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 QR Code Reader

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

Then click on the Tools category.

Now scroll down to find QR Code Reader in the list.

Just click Install and Pi-Apps will install QR Code Reader for you!

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