Create custom themes for qlaunch !
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Switch theme injector

The Switch theme injector project is composed of three parts:

  • Switch theme injector (Windows app): An app to create and edit custom themes
  • NXThemes installer: An homebrew app that runs on the switch itself and can be used to install and manage themes.
  • Switch theme injector online (also called WebInjector): A port of the windows injector as a web app, it lacks some features like image to DDS conversion.

The main objective is to develop a complete toolset to create and install custom themes on the switch. As the console os doesn't implement custom themes natively most of this is done by patching system SZS files to get the desidered aspect.

Unfortunately SZS files from the switch os contain copyrighted data so to make theme sharing legal the nxtheme format has been developed, it's 100% legal and works on every firmware, unless you're dealing with making your own patches and custom layouts you should only use nxtheme files.


Open the injector and go to the NXThemes builder tab, open any 720p image (1280x720 pixels) and fill the form, then click on build nxtheme.
To install nxthemes files on your console download the NxThemes installer homebrew on your switch and do the first time setup then just select any nxtheme file from your sd. Note that you have to do the first time setup every time you update (or downgrade) your firmware or else themes may not work.

Command line args.

You can automate theme creation using command line args. Here's an example to build a theme: SwitchThemes.exe buildNX home "<your image.png/jpg/dds>" "<json layout file, optional>" "name=<theme name>" "author=<author name>" "out=<OutputPath>.nxtheme" this will build a theme for the home menu, instad of home you can use: lock for lockscreen, apps for the all apps screen, set for the settings applet, user for the user page applet and news for the news applet.

Useful resources

To dump common.szs and the other files you need to make themes read
You can make your own custom layouts using Switch Layout Editor
To learn how to convert your layouts to json or make your own patch templates read \