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Dumping Installed Titles

How to Dump Titles Installed to a 3DS System

Note on DLC and updates

The latest version of Citra now supports DLCs and updates. Please see Dumping Updates and DLCs on how to dump them.

threeSD (beta)

threeSD is a tool written to help import data from your 3DS for Citra more conveniently. It is currently in early development, so problems may occur. Should that happen, report them in our Discord server. Then, you can use an alternate way to dump your files such as directly using GodMode9.

Refer to threeSD Quickstart Guide for importing your installed titles, updates, DLCs, save data, extra data, system files, etc. Note that you’ll still need a hacked 3DS with GodMode9 to obtain your keys so that threeSD can decrypt the data on your SD card.


With the onset of sighax and boot9strap, the supported method of dumping games and system applications is GodMode9.

Required tools

  • Latest version of GodMode9
  • 3DS system with boot9strap
  • SD card with enough space to hold the dump; 8GB or higher recommended
  • SD card reader (preferred), or a way to use wireless file transfer


  1. Set up GodMode9 using the quick start guide here. Boot9Strap is recommended.
  2. Put the SD card into the 3DS.
  3. Boot into GodMode9.

The GodMode9 root screen

  1. Using the D-Pad, navigate to the drive applicable to the type of title you wish to dump.
    • User Installed Title: Navigate to [A:] SYSNAND SD
    • System Title: Navigate to [1:] SYSNAND CTRNAND
  2. Press (A) to enter the drive.
  3. Use the D-Pad to navigate to title directory.
  4. Hold down ® and press (A) to open the folder search menu.
  5. Press (A) to search for titles in the current folder.
  6. Press (A) to continue.

The GodMode9 title listing

  1. Use the D-Pad to navigate to the title you want to dump.
  2. Press (A) to select the TMD file.
  3. Press (A) to open the TMD file options.
  4. Use the D-Pad to navigate to the Dump CXI/NDS file option.
  5. Press (A) to start dumping the title.
  6. Press (A) to continue.
  7. Hold down the Right shoulder button and press (START) to power off your 3DS.
  8. Put the SD card in your computer.
  9. Navigate to the ./gm9/out folder on your SD card.
  10. Identify the title. The format of the file name may be one of the following:
    • () ().cxi
    • ().cxi
  11. Copy the CXI to a folder on your computer.

You can now use this ROM with Citra. You can open them directly from the menu bar (File > Load File), or, to view all of your library from Citra, double click the + icon in the middle of Citra. You can also add it to a separate directory by double clicking on Add New Game Directory.

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