citra VS Ryujinx

Compare citra vs Ryujinx and see what are their differences.


A Nintendo 3DS Emulator (by citra-emu)


Experimental Nintendo Switch Emulator written in C# (by Ryujinx)
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citra Ryujinx
100 127
7,450 12,164
1.8% 3.1%
8.3 9.5
10 days ago 7 days ago
C++ C#
GNU General Public License v3.0 only MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of citra. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-06-17.
  • where did poof get the tomodachi life rom?
    1 project | | 24 Jun 2022 I think
  • What is the best 3DS emulator for MacOS?
    1 project | | 24 Jun 2022
    A quick google search shows that you can try building citra from source using these instructions. If you're not familiar with using homebrew and cmake, you might try this guide instead. Comments online seem to indicate that people have done this successfully on m1 macs, but ymmv.
  • Help with 3DS core
    1 project | | 17 Jun 2022
    As I said, 3DS is not an easy system to emulate (needs a powerful computer, a decrypted rom or 3DS decryption files), and RetroArch is a bit advanced for those new to emulation, so I repeat that the Citra standalone version can be easier (you will also need the decrypted rom or decryption files there). That's why I said before that maybe an older system is better to start learning, in them you won't need it, but it's your choice. Again, search for videos or feel free to ask, if I know how I'll try to help you.
  • Nintendo 3DS Homebrew Development - How to get from 101 to stereoscopic 3D? - Full Path
    2 projects | | 17 Jun 2022
    Having installed to quickly test Homebrew on your PC without copying to the 3DS (FTP, SD card or loader) can speed up code, build, test cycles and reduce the need for testing on real hardware on every build.
  • Emulating the mystery dungeon games.
    7 projects | | 10 Jun 2022
    I prefer playing the game on the real console but if you have a really good mobile controller and an android phone, Lemudroid is an amazing option to play DS games. For 3DS games and RTDX, you'd better off play them on a real 3DS (which can still play DS games) and Switch although Citra and Yuzu can play them with reasonably good performance.
    7 projects | | 10 Jun 2022
  • Can I play pokemon stars rom hack on my steam deck ?
    2 projects | | 10 Jun 2022
    Pretty much all you have to do is get the most recent build of Citra from the Discover store in desktop, as Citra runs natively on Linux. From there, set up the emulator in game mode (by adding it as a non-Steam game in desktop mode) with controls that are to your liking. Acquire the ROM you need in some manner (preferably in a legal way), patch it on the Deck or on a device of choice, and load it into your Deck to run. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can also set up a program such as Steam Rom Manager, which will allow you to automatically boot into a game or your liking via your Steam library in both desktop and game mode.
  • PQ?
    1 project | | 30 May 2022
  • Who you callin' on your lowest?
    2 projects | | 28 May 2022
    EPSXE or Bizhawk for MGS1 word of warning for Bizhawk. It requires quite a bit of setup to work properly, especially since MGS1 is two discs. PCSX2 for MGS2 and 3 Optionally, you can use Citra to play the 3DS version of 3, but not recommended unless you can make a dump of your own MGS3D cartridge. I will not link to any of the ROMs however.
  • Kaj igrate na telefonu?
    1 project | | 22 May 2022


Posts with mentions or reviews of Ryujinx. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-05-22.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing citra and Ryujinx you can also consider the following projects:

yuzu - Nintendo Switch Emulator

BetterJoy - Allows the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, Joycons and SNES controller to be used with CEMU, Citra, Dolphin, Yuzu and as generic XInput

citra-Apple-Silicon-Build - A Nintendo 3DS Emulator

Ryujinx-Games-List - List of games & demos tested on Ryujinx

OpenEmu - 🕹 Retro video game emulation for macOS

xqemu - Open-source emulator to play original Xbox games on Windows, macOS, and Linux

desmume - DeSmuME is a Nintendo DS emulator

DS4Windows - Like those other ds4tools, but sexier

xemu - Original Xbox Emulator for Windows, macOS, and Linux (Active Development)

melonDS - DS emulator, sorta

dolphin - Dolphin is a GameCube / Wii emulator, allowing you to play games for these two platforms on PC with improvements.