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Building for Linux
An unofficial PKGBUILD of Citra is available for Arch Linux on the AUR.
You’ll need to download and install the following to build Citra:
apt-get install sdl2or
apt-get install libsdl2-2.0-0or
apt-get install libsdl2-dev
pacman -S sdl2
dnf install SDL2-devel
- Only 5.9+ versions are tested. Lower version might or might not work. See the section Install new Qt version below if your distro does not provide a sufficient version of Qt
apt-get install qtbase5-dev libqt5opengl5-dev qtmultimedia5-dev
pacman -S qt5
dnf install qt5-qtmultimedia-devel
Compiler: GCC or Clang. You only need one of these two:
- GCC 7.0+.
apt-get install build-essential
pacman -S base-devel
dnf install gcc-c++
- Clang 5.0+
apt-get install clang libc++-dev(in some distros, clang-5.0).
pacman -S clang,
libc++is in the AUR. Use pacaur or yaourt to install it.
apt-get install cmake
pacman -S cmake
dnf install cmake
Note on Boost library: you don’t need to install Boost library on your system, because citra provides a bundled trimmed Boost library. However, if you already have Boost library installed on your system, please make sure its version is at least 1.66 (which contains a bug fix for GCC 7), otherwise compilation would fail.
Cloning Citra in Git:
git clone --recursive https://github.com/citra-emu/citra cd citra
--recursive option automatically clones the required Git submodules too.
Building Citra in Debug Mode (Slow):
mkdir build && cd build cmake ../ make sudo make install (optional)
Optionally, you can use "cmake -i .." to adjust various options (e.g. disable the Qt GUI).
Note: It is important you use libc++, otherwise your build will likely fail:
mkdir build && cd build cmake -DCMAKE_CXX_COMPILER=clang++-5.0 \ -DCMAKE_C_COMPILER=clang-5.0 \ -DCMAKE_CXX_FLAGS="-O2 -g -stdlib=libc++" .. make sudo make install (optional)
Building Citra in Release Mode (Optimized):
mkdir build && cd build cmake .. -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release make sudo make install (optional)
Building with debug symbols:
mkdir build && cd build cmake .. -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=RelWithDebInfo make sudo make install (optional)
Running without installing:
After building, the binaries
citra-qt (depending on your build options) will end up in
# SDL cd build/bin/ ./citra # Qt cd build/bin/ ./citra-qt
cd data gdb ../build/src/citra_qt/citra-qt (gdb) run (gdb) bt
Install new Qt version
If you had an error while building citra-qt part (this part was added from an
AutoMoc subprocess error when running a qt5/bin/moc command, but this may fix some other errors)
Go to http://download.qt.io/official_releases/qt/ and get the latest linux version link (this guide used 5.11.1 at the time) and run the following commands:
wget link_to_latest_linux_official_release chmod +x qt-opensource-linux-x64-x.x.x.run ./qt-opensource-linux-x64-x.x.x.run
Install selecting only
Desktop gccoption besides the
Toolsone that you can’t remove
Add those exports to your .bashrc file (change QTDIR variable if installing another version)
export QTDIR="$HOME/Qt5.11.1⁄5.11.1/gcc_64" export PATH="$QTDIR/bin:$PATH" export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="$QTDIR/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH"
Reload your .bashrc file and try building again from the start.