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Building for macOS
It’s recommended that you use homebrew to install dependencies. You’ll need to download and install the following to build Citra:
brew install cmake)
Python 3 (
brew install python3)
- The version included with the default developer tools may run into an issue downloading Qt.
A recent version of Xcode and the Xcode command line tools
Cloning Citra in Git:
git clone --recursive https://github.com/citra-emu/citra cd citra
Create a build folder and generate makefiles for the build:
mkdir build cd build cmake .. -DCMAKE_OSX_ARCHITECTURES="x86_64;x86_64h" -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release
This builds a fat binary that has slices targeting early and late x64 machines.
citra-qt.app application bundle will now be present under
build/bin/. Note that this is non-portable and only works on your machine. You can create distributable bundles as well by running
make bundle and checking the output in
About building on Apple Silicon machines
To build Citra targeting macOS on ARM, the process is largely the same. A few things to note are:
- Make sure the Homebrew version you have installed is the ARM version
- If you are cross-compiling, when running the cmake command you’ll want to use this command instead:
cmake .. -DCMAKE_OSX_ARCHITECTURES="arm64" -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release