Citra Emulator

Citra is a Nintendo DS emulator for Android, enabling your device to play many retro games on its console. You can install Citra on Windows, Linux, and Mac, as well as on Android devices. 


Below is the list of features you should know before installing it to play retro games on your devices. 


  • It has more than 500000 active installs on Play Store. 
  • HD audio output. 
  • HD video output. 
  • Easy to Install and play games on this.
  • It has a feature to save screen time in your gameplay. 
  • You can adjust the speed of your games.
  • You can easily access the user interface to play with all the settings to your requirements. 
  • Easily install games roms from your device storage. 
  • Citra accepts .3ds, .cia, or .cxi extensions of ROMs games. 
  • Wi-Fi connectivity features. 
  • GPU Shader cache is implemented to the new Bea. For that, you will get better gaming performance at a reduced framerate.
  • GPU-related crashes have been fixed. 
  • Controller support is available.

Compatible Devices:

For Desktop:

Windows – Windows 7 or higher (64-bit)

Linux – Modern (64-bit)

Mac – Big Sur or above (64-bit)

CPU – X86-64, Single core performance > 

Graphics Hardware – OpenGL 4.3 support

For Android:

OS – Android version 9.0 or more

CPU – AArch64/ Snapdragon 835 or more

Graphics – OpenGL ES 3.2

How to Download on Android:

The above link will help you to download and install it on your Android devices. It is easy as you have been installing other apps or games from Play Store. 


  1. Do games run way too fast? 

Go to Emulation > Configuration (Citra > Preferences on MacOS) >General, firstly disable Use Alternate Speed if it is ON. Now set your emulation speed to your desired speed. 

      2. Weird audio glitches/hitches?

Open Citra and then Emulation -> Configuration (Citra -> Preferences on MacOS) -> Audio, and then disable Audio Stretching.

     3. The Game audio Sound Delayed?

Open the emulator and then Emulation -> Configuration (Citra -> Preferences on MacOS) -> Graphics -> Advanced Tab, and you can find Audio Stretching in Emulation -> Configuration (Citra -> Preferences on MacOS) -> Audio.

      4. Speed-up/fast-forward button:

Go to Emulation -> Configuration (Citra -> Preferences on MacOS) -> General, and set your desired speed for Emulation. You can use the Use Alternate Speed slider to speed up/ fast-forward as you want. 

     5. GetConfigInfoBlock: 

Go to File -> Open Citra Folder and follow this file path: . Delete the config file, restart Citra, and play your game again. Please make sure you are on the latest version of it so that fundamental errors get fixed by the developer. 

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is Citra?

Citra is an open-source game emulator on various platforms like Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. It is not affiliated with Nintendo anyway. One hundred fifty active developers have worked hard on this project since it launched in 2014. 

  • How to Get Games on Citra?

You need to dump your games and 3DS files from hacked 3DS. Any other way to get files is considered to be piracy and illegal. 

  • Does Citra Have an Android port?

You can install it from Google Play as the developers release it.

  • Can it run encrypted games?

You need to buy games and dump them on Nintendo 3DS systems.

  • Can it run Pokémon games?

Yes, you will need to dump your 3DS system keys. 

  • Is there any plan for an iOS port?

Developers still need to work to happen iOS port. 


Connecting via Patreon, you will get access to the community; you can connect to the developers via private message. Even you will also have Prioritized critical support from the team on Discord. The amount you contribute to the team via Patreon will be directly given to the developers so that they keep working on it.

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