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Appstore-workbench - A wip tool for Nintendo Switch and WiiU users


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A desktop gui for the Homebrew Appstore written in python.

Uses the switchbru/4TU team's site as a backend for image and package downloads.

One of the main goals of this app is to provide a homebrew management tool that doesn't require the Nintendo Switch / WiiU to access the internet. Especially useful for people who always keep their switch in airplane mode.


  • Homebrew for both WiiU and Nintendo Switch
  • Dynamic Search
  • Categories
  • Downloading directly from the switchbru/4TU site
  • Compatible with the Homebrew Appstore package manager
  • Easily open project pages
  • Threaded operations mean the app stays responsive with big downloads
  • Scalable window


Works on: macOS, Windows, Linux
Python 3.6 or greater

How to use:

  • Extract
  • Install python
    • You must restart your pc after installing python for the first time.
    • If you do a custom installation remember to install tcl/tk, add python to the path, and include pip
  • In a command prompt navigate to the dir you extracted the app to and type pip install -r requirements to install dependencies
  • Double-click appstoreworkbench.bat
  • Extract
  • Mac users may already have a compatible version of python installed, try double-clicking
  • In a command prompt navigate to the dir you extracted the app to and type pip3 install -r requirements to install dependencies
    • If the file opens in a text reader, close the reader and right-click the file and open it with pylauncher
  • If this still doesn't work, install python
  • To run the app: double-click
  • Extract
  • Navigate to the directory in a terminal
  • Type pip3 install -r requirements to install dependencies
  • Type python
    • If you are missing dependencies do the following:
    • sudo apt install python3 python3-pip python3-tk python3-pil.imagetk
  • If you don't know how to do this you should probably be using Windows.

Trouble Shooting:

  • Error:
    • ssl.SSLCertVerificationError: [SSL: CERTIFICATE_VERIFY_FAILED] certificate verify failed: unable to get local issuer certificate (_ssl.c:1056)
  • Solution:
    • Macintosh HD > Applications > Python3.6 folder (or whatever version of python you're using) > double click on "Install Certificates.command" file

How to use:

  • Connect your SD card to your computer
  • Start the app
  • If you are using a console other than the Nintendo Switch go to the settings menu and select you console and restart the app for your changes to take effect.
  • Click the "Select SD root" button
  • A file dialog should appear, select the root of your SD card
  • Select an app you'd like to see more about
  • Click install to have the app properly installed on to the SD card
  • When you're done, unmount your SD card, put it in your homebrewed Nintendo Switch or WiiU, and reboot.


  • If you are getting errors about tkinter or pillow look above at the setup instructions for your OS
  • Image download errors are to be expected, please do not report them.

Special Thanks:

  • pwscind
    • Answered all sorts of questions about the appstore repos
  • vgmoose
    • <3
  • The rest of the 4TU team
  • CrafterPika
    • Helped me get the app working with the WiiU since I don't have a one.
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