Guide for Citra

Before going into step by step Citra installation on Windows. Let’s first download the 64 bit variant for Windows, Mac and Linux and talk about Pre-requisites. 3DS Games now can be played easily and smoothly with PC on Citra.

Guide for Citra
Guide for Citra

System Requirements

Minimum requirements of the system hardware software must be met for Citra to work properly and be able to play 3DS ROMs on PC.

  • CPU : Core i3 Series and up
  • RAM : 4 GB
  • HDD : 80 GB (Must have 10 GB free space in the partition where your want to install)
  • Windows : 7, 8 , 10 (64 bit)
  • Game : 3DS ROM image decrypted
  • Emulator : Citra
  • Extraction : 7 zip

Installation Method

Download Citra from the above links or download it from Citra-emu.org. Then follow the steps below for complete and proper installation.

Double click on the setup file of Citra to start installation. Click next to initiate the process.

First step
First step

Specify the location where you want to put the installation. I would prefer the default settings in C:.

Second Step
Second Step

Next step is to check Citra Nightly option.

third Step
Third Step

Citra is an open source emulator licensed under GPLv.2.

Fourth Step
Fourth Step

Click next.

Fifth Step
Fifth Step

All options above are correctly done. Now click install for proper installation of Citra.

Sixth Step
Sixth Step

Installation starts, wait untill it finishes.

Seventh Step
Seventh Step

Finally, It is done.

Last Step
Last Step

Playing 3DS ROMs on Citra

Now, once you have installed Citra correctly the next thing is to run a 3DS ROM image on it. The steps are so simple, just follow them.

Step 1: Firstly, you need to download a decrypted 3DS ROM that has been checked and given green signal. .3DS and .CIA both files can be played on Citra.

Step2: Open Citra from your apps, by double clicking on it.

Open Citra
Open Citra

Step 3: Click on File, and load file that you have downloaded.

File Load
File Load

Step 4: Select the file location on your system and load the file. As I have already downloaded Duck Dynasty. I will select it from the downloads.

Specify Location
Specify Location

Step 5: Yahoooo…! Done, your game is started, enjoy playing.

Start Playing
Start Playing