Hekate – CTCaer MOD (Custom NX bootloader for Nintendo Switch)

Latest version of CTCaer MOD custom Nintendo Switch bootloader, firmware patcher, and more.

Hekate - CTCaer MOD bootloader NX

Bootloader configuration

The bootloader can be configured via ‘bootloader/hekate_ipl.ini’ (if it is present on the SD card). Each ini section represents a boot entry, except for the special section ‘config’ that controls the global configuration.

There are four possible type of entries. “[ ]“: Boot entry, “{ }“: Caption, “#“: Comment, “newline“: .ini cosmetic newline.


  • CFW Launching for ALL current updates (1.0.0 – 8.0.0)
  • Supports booting of all current CFWs, Linux chainloading, payload tools
  • Auto boot
  • Modules/Plug-ins support
  • Full Atmosphère support w/Exosphère booting
  • Automatic RAW eMMC partial dumping
  • Restore eMMC
  • Working Sleep Mode on ALL firmware and downgraded ones with higher fuse count.
  • More..
CTCaer/hekate custom bootloader Nintendo Switch


CTCaer mod is based on naehrwert’s hekate – ipl. hekate is basically a custom Nintendo Switch bootloader with many advanced features.
It supports all sd cards (except SDSC) and automatically chooses if it will dump in parts or not, based on your free space and sd card filesystem.
Supports CFW launching in the following Switch updates (all current):

  • 1.0.0
  • 2.X.X (all)
  • 3.X.X (all)
  • 4.X.X (all)
  • 5.X.X (all)
  • 6.X.X (all)
  • 7.0.X (all)
  • 8.0.0

Comes with many additional features. For example you can see your SoC’s fuses, eMMC info, SD card info, etc.

New in this version

This version supports booting ALL current CFWs, Android/Linux booting and payload tools.
No more SD card removals

  • Fixed emupath key. You can now finally switch between emuMMC via config
    If that emuMMC is not found, it will now show you an error.
  • Fixed prodinfo overriding keys
  • Fixed exosphere.ini parsing (v5.2.0 shadow release)
  • Fixed some issues with FatFS


  • File based is almost as fast as RAW now
  • Updated, improved and faster SDMMC driver
    Even raw partition based got a boost.

Nyx v0.9.1

  • Colorized icons support
  • Date/Time change via tickers