nRF Connect for DesktopDesktop tool

Cross-platform development software for Nordic Products

nRF Connect for Desktop is a cross-platform tool framework for assisting development on nRF devices. It contains many apps to test, monitor, measure, optimize and program your applications.
nRF Connect for Desktop is designed to be used with our development kits and dongles. The apps will detect which kit you connected to your computer and upload the needed firmware. 

nRF Connect for Desktop Apps

Bluetooth Low Energy app iconBluetooth Low Energy

This is an easy-to-use cross-platform application for Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity testing. It supports auto-detection of connected development kits and firmware uploads, as well as supporting Bluetooth Low Energy security features.

You can scan for Bluetooth Low Energy devices that are advertising and discover their services, maintain the connection and the connection parameters, pair the devices, and change the server setup for your local device. It also offers a detailed log for troubleshooting purposes.

Cellular Monitor

Cellular Monitor is a revolutionary tool for cellular developers, providing real-time insights into modem behavior, enhancing network evaluation and device information.

It seamlessly integrates with the Serial Terminal and Wireshark for enhanced analysis capabilities and detailed views of network traffic.

Direct Test Mode app iconDirect Test Mode

Perform tests with Bluetooth Low Energy devices as specified in the Bluetooth Core Specification.

Configure your connected devices as transmitters or receivers and test them. The app lets you adjust settings like the channel, transmit power, and packet length.

nPM PowerUP

The nPM PowerUP app connects your PC with an nPM1300 EK and allows for code-free evaluation and development with the nPM1300 PMIC. 

Power Profiler app iconPower Profiler

This App operates in conjunction with our Power Profiler Kit. It lets you read, analyze and export measurements from the Power Profiler Kit.

The PPK2 supports dynamic current measurements from 200nA up to 1 A and can be used to supply a connected board as well as measure its current.

Programmer app iconProgrammer

The Programmer app lets you program Nordic SoCs. You can drag and drop your files and read, write or erase the device.

RSSI Viewer app iconRSSI Viewer

The RSSI Viewer lets you scan the 2,4 GHz spectrum.

Serial Terminal

This is a terminal emulator that can be used alongside other nRF Connect for Desktop applications as it allows COM Port sharing.

Toolchain Manager app iconToolchain Manager

Manage nRF Connect SDK and toolchain versions on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Key Features

Automatic Updates

All nRF Connect for Desktop apps

Bluetooth LE


Power Management

Power Measurement

Toolchain Management


Choose platform and version

Choose your Desktop platform and select version (latest released version recommended)

Selected version
4.2.0 Windows 64-bit


4.2.0 Windows 64-bit



  • Successfully installed applications will be highlighted after installation finishes.
  • A help text will be displayed if the app list is empty (usually because all apps have been filtered out).


  • Warning dialog about launching apps with incompatible versions did not close on launching the app. 

4.1.2 Windows 64-bit



  • Having special characters (such as &) in the path created errors when launching apps. Usually happened when these characters were part of the username.
  • Updating nRF Connect for Desktop from 3.10 or older directly to 4.1 led to an error message (Unable to retrieve the official source from …).

4.1.1 Windows 64-bit




  • Enable installing older app versions.


  • PPK-1 could not be used in nRF Connect for Desktop v4.0.1.


  • Windows: Switch from 32-bit architecture to 64-bit.



  • When nRF Connect for Desktop was never installed on a computer before, a misleading error message (Unable to retrieve the official source from …) was shown, and it was impossible to install any apps.