Citra Wiki
Developer(s) bunnei (later Citra/Yuzu team)
Written in C++
OS Windows 10+
Mac OS X
Android 9.0+
Architecture x64, ARM64
Stable release February 10, 2024
Unstable release February 9, 2024
Status Discontinued (original)
Active (PabloMK7 fork)
Release date April 24, 2014

Citra was an open source Nintendo 3DS emulator coded in C++ which was first released on April 24, 2014 for Windows XP and above, and later released for Mac OS X, Linux, and Android. It is licensed under the GPLv2 License.

It was the first Nintendo 3DS emulator that has the capability to play commercial 3DS games, some eShop games, and homebrew games. Basic and some commercial games are playable at acceptable speeds, while bigger games do struggle, they are somewhat playable. Citra supports texture upscale and HD output.

Support for Citra by the Yuzu team was dropped on March 3, 2024, following a $2.4 million settlement reached with Nintendo of America.

System Requirements[]

  • Windows 10 (64-bit)(1) or above
    • Linux, Android, and Mac OS X 64-bit are also supported
  • Graphics card that supports OpenGL 4.3 or above
  • A processor that has at least a core, but a processor with the highest possible performance per core is highly recommended(2).

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  • 1: Citra officially dropped support for 32-bit OSes on April 8, 2015. Some older versions made after then can be built for 32-bit.
  • 2: There are no official processor requirements (obviously don't expect to be running this on your 486), but performance may be impacted if your CPU is very old or isn't very powerful.