Citra (Source)

Citra (Source)
Citra (Source)
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31 May 2023
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Citra is a work-in-progress Nintendo 3DS emulator started in early 2013. Citra can currently emulate, with varying degrees of success, a wide variety of different homebrew applications and commercial software.



It's recommended that you use homebrew to install dependencies. You'll need to download and install the following to build Citra:

  • CMake (brew install cmake)
  • Qt5 (brew install qt5) (Note: If you have Qt4 installed, then you will need to remove it before building. brew unlink qt4)
  • A recent version of Xcode and the Xcode command line tools
  • Optional dependencies:
    • FFmpeg 4.0+ is needed for HLE AAC Decoding on macOS (brew install ffmpeg)

Cloning Citra in Git:

git clone --recursive
cd citra

Using CMake:

First of all, you have to tell CMake where your Qt5 is installed (add this line to ~/.profile if you want to make this permanent.):

export Qt5_DIR=$(brew --prefix)/opt/qt5

Now you can generate makefiles for the build:

mkdir build
cd build
cmake .. -DCMAKE_OSX_ARCHITECTURES="x86_64;x86_64h" -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release
  • To enable HLE AAC Decoding, include the cmake flag -DENABLE_FFMPEG_AUDIO_DECODER=ON (make sure FFmpeg is installed first.)

This builds a fat binary that has slices targeting early and late x64 machines.

Building Citra

make -j4 application bundle will now be present under build/bin/. Note that this is non-portable and only works on your machine.

For portability of the appbundle between machines please refer to this script.

About building on Apple Silicon machines

To build Citra targetting MacOS on ARM, the process is largely the same. A few things to note are:

  • Make sure the Homebrew version you have installed is the ARM version
  • When running the cmake command, you'll want to use this command instead:

You can similarly enable HLE AAC decoding by appending the flag -DENABLE_FFMPEG_AUDIO_DECODER=ON to the cmake command.

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