Step 2 - Download and Install

This portion of the guide assumes you have all of the necessary prerequisites. This section covers how to prepare your SD Card, enter RCM Mode and finally booting into ReiNX itself.

File Downloads


You can either download the latest stable release, or if you are an advanced user you can download the latest nightlies. If one doesn't work, try the other. The installation process remains largely the same. The stable release is recommended for new users.

Download Stable Release

Download Nightlies (Advanced Users Only)

Homebrew Menu (hbmenu.nro)

This is the Homebrew Menu. It must be on your SD Card to launch the homebrew menu. GitHub is here

hbmenu Download

Config Download

Homebrew Loader (hbloader / hbl.nsp)

This is the Homebrew Loader. This overwrites the Album (by default) in your Switch menu to point to the Homebrew Menu. Please click here and navigate to the Change Homebrew Menu (hbmenu) Launching Behavior section for more info.

Note: You currently need the legacy format of hbloader (010000000000100D folder in /ReiNX/titles/) to take advantage of these features. Please only run one at a time.


Download (Legacy Format)

ReiNX Toolkit

Our official settings homebrew application which allows you to perform the following:

  • Update the ReiNX CFW
  • Update the ReiNX Toolkit itself
  • Change the boot splashscreen
  • Enable / Disable any sysmodules (.kip)
  • Toggle AutoRCM
  • Very quickly backup NAND
  • Quick Reboot / Shutdown
  • More to come! (see if you can find any Easter eggs!)


File Structure

The below checkboxes are for personal reference to keep you on track as you follow each step.

  1. Drag and drop the ReiNX folder to the root of your SD card.
  2. Copy the sept folder to the root of your SD card.
  3. Copy the ReiNX.bin file to your PC for later use during the Injecting the Payload section.
    • Optional: Copy the ReiNX.bin to the root of your SD Card. This is useful if you only wish to update the ReiNX.bin on your SD card, while using the same ReiNX.bin payload on your payload injector of choice. If you are unsure what this means, skip this optional step.
    • WARNING 7.0.x USERS: Please remove ReiNX.bin from the root of your SD card. Your Switch will be unable to boot until removed.
  4. Place the hbl.nsp file into the ReiNX folder on your SD Card if it is not already there.
    • If using the legacy format, unzip the 010000000000100D folder to the /ReiNX/titles/ folder.
  5. Place the hbmenu.nro file on the root of your SD Card.
  6. Place the config folder from the config zip on the root of your SD Card.
  7. Make a new folder on the root of your SD card named switch.
    • The switch folder is where you will put all of your .nro files (excluding hbmenu.nro) for any homebrew you may want now or in the future.
  8. Place the ReiNXToolkit.nro file into the switch folder you just created.
  9. Your SD Card should look like this:

    From Root, Collapsed
    ReiNX CFW From Root Collapsed
    From Root, Fully Expanded
    ReiNX CFW From Root Fully Expanded
  10. If your SD Card does not match the above, re-read the steps above until everything is correctly in place.
  11. Safely eject your SD Card and insert the SD Card into your Switch.

Entering RCM Mode

Now that you have your SD Card prepared, it is required to enter RCM Mode so you can inject a payload (eg. ReiNX.bin) to the Switch.

Please note that you will need to enter RCM and inject the payload every time you wish to boot your Switch. For a better user experience, we recommend enabling AutoRCM as detailed in Step 3 - Post-Installation.

  1. Completely power off your Switch
    • Hold the the power button for ~3 seconds and selecting 'Turn Off' from the pop-up menu.
    • Alternatively hold down the power button for ~15 seconds until the screen completely shuts off.
  2. Insert the Joycon rail jig into the right-side rail, or otherwise bridge the following pin combinations: 9 and 10, 7 and 10, 1 and 10.
    • You can purchase a Joycon rail jig online for cheap.
    • Alternatively If you do not have a Joycon rail jig, please refer to this GBAtemp thread for alternate methods.
  3. Hold down the Volume Up button, and while continuing to hold it press the power button. You may let go of both buttons now.
  4. You should be greeted with a blank screen indicating that you are now in RCM Mode.
    • To confirm, pressing the power button again should not power up the Switch.
    • If your Switch powers up, you did not successfully enter RCM Mode. Repeat the steps as necessary until you are in RCM Mode.
  5. Congratulations! You should now be in RCM Mode and ready to inject the payload.

Injecting the Payload

Please follow the instructions for the payload injection application of your choosing.

You can safely ignore the alternate instructions that do not apply to you.


You should now be up and running with ReiNX. Please proceed for any additional information on what to do next.

Step 3 - Post-Installation