Citra Emulator


Citra is an open-source emulator for the Nintendo 3DS capable of playing many of your favorite games.

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.

Citra Android has now reached 500,000+ installs on the Google Play Store!

Citra has great game compatibility and performance (provided you have the hardware), cross-platform support, multiplayer support, and much more. But ever since Citra Desktop achieved a stable state, the most requested feature has been something entirely unrelated to the core emulation.

What is Citra’s License?

Citra is an open-source project, licensed under the GPLv2 (or any later version). Refer to the license document for more information.

Who made Citra?

Citra has an active team of open-source developers. Over 150 people have worked hard on the project since its founding in 2014! The list of contributors can be found on GitHub.

Note: Citra is not affiliated with Nintendo in any way.

Where does the name come from?

The name is derived from CTR, which is part of the model number of the original 3DS.

Something on Citra’s Development –

We would also like to address any concerns regarding a slowdown in development on Citra Android.

Due to the nature of the Google Play Store, we are only able to release updates when enough improvement warrants a new release. Google seems to arbitrarily reject our updates and this has caused weeks of delays in the past, but we’re doing our best to work around these issues and push out builds that have new features, improved stability, and better performance.

Citra Android also greatly benefits from most improvements to the Desktop version of Citra. We are actively looking for a dedicated Android developer to step up and focus on Android specific improvments, but in the meantime, our developers are doing the best they can to eventually reach feature parity with the Desktop version.

We appreciate your continued support and patience. An emulator without a community to enjoy it is a sad sight, so we are ecstatic that we have such an incredible community surrounding Citra.

We hope you continue to enjoy Citra, whether it’s on your PC or Android device, and can’t wait to bring future improvements to you all!