Citra 3DS



Citra is an experimental open-source Nintendo 3DS emulator/debugger written in C++.

It is written with portability in mind, with builds actively maintained for Windows, Linux and OS X. Citra only emulates a subset of 3DS hardware, and therefore is generally only useful for running/debugging homebrew applications.

At this time, Citra is even able to boot several commercial games! Most of these do not run to a playable state, but we are working every day to advance the project forward.

System Requirements

Following is a short list of system requirements for running Citra3DS Emulator. Now we support MacOS, Linux, Windows and you need Microsoft's .NET 4.0 Client (for this one), You can download it from here.

We also recommend at least 1GB Memory and a Quad-Core CPU. Its really hard to give exact system specifications because all games are different. Also when installing make sure you install everything (Add-ons/Plug-ins) Or the emulator might not work 100%.
  • CPU: Intel® Core i3 (or higher)
  • RAM: 1 GB (32 bit) or 2 GB (64 bit)
  • Graphic card: Microsoft® DirectX 9 with driver WDDM
  • Disk space: 42,2mb
  • Operating system: Windows, Mac OS, Linux - 32 / 64 bit (advised)

If you have more questions please read our FAQ.


If you are interested in contributing to Citra's code, the first thing you should read is this guide, which will show you what style to code in: You can find info about the 3DS on these pages: When you are ready, this page will show you how to use Git to setup your own repository: Using log filters, you can configure Citra to make development easier. You can find various Homebrew that test the accuracy of Citra here: Now that everything is setup, you can take a look at these places to see what needs to be done:
  • TODO List
  • The #citra IRC Channel on freenode ( / SSL: 6697)
  • The #citra-dev IRC Channel on freenode ( / SSL: 6697)

You can find the official Citra Wiki here.


This is NOT the Citra official site and we assume NO responsibility or liability for the use of the software.
However we can confirm its proper operation.

For more information visit the official website:

Download here