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yuzu emulator

yuzu is an experimental open-source emulator for the Nintendo Switch from the creators of Citra.

It is written in C++ with portability in mind, with builds actively maintained for Windows and Linux. The emulator is currently only useful for homebrew development and research purposes.

yuzu only emulates a subset of Switch hardware and therefore is generally only useful for running/debugging homebrew applications. At this time, yuzu cannot play a majority of commercial games without major problems. yuzu can boot some commercial Switch games to varying degrees of success, but your experience may vary between games and for different combinations of host hardware.

yuzu is licensed under the GPLv2 (or any later version). Refer to the license.txt file included.

Check out our website!

For development discussion, please join us on Discord.

Development

Most of the development happens on GitHub. It’s also where our central repository is hosted.

If you want to contribute please take a look at the Contributor’s Guide and Developer Information. You should as well contact any of the developers on Discord in order to know about the current state of the emulator.

Usage

You may download a precompiled binary from our website, or you can build it yourself from the source code.

Note: macOS is no longer supported due to Apple deprecating OpenGL and their current version not supporting the OpenGL extensions we require. (source)

Support

We happily accept monetary donations or donated games and hardware. Please see our donations page for more information on how you can contribute to yuzu. Any donations received will go towards things like:

  • Switch consoles to explore and reverse-engineer the hardware
  • Switch games for testing, reverse-engineering, and implementing new features
  • Web hosting and infrastructure setup
  • Software licenses (e.g. Visual Studio, IDA Pro, etc.)
  • Additional hardware (e.g. GPUs as-needed to improve rendering support, other peripherals to add support for, etc.)

We also more than gladly accept used Switch consoles, preferably ones with firmware 3.0.0 or lower! If you would like to give yours away, don’t hesitate to join our Discord and talk to bunnei. You may also contact: donations@yuzu-emu.org.

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