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Original author(s)gdkchan
Developer(s)Ryujinx Project
Initial releaseFebruary 5, 2018; 4 years ago (2018-02-05)
Written inC#
    Operating systemWindows 7 or later, Linux, macOS 11+
    Platformx86-64, Apple Silicon
    Available inEnglish
    TypeVideo game console emulator

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    Ryujinx is a free and open-source Nintendo Switch emulator released under the MIT license.[1] and developed in the C# programming language. The emulator uses OpenGL, requiring version 4.5 or later, Vulkan, or Metal 3.

    Originally released on GitHub and announced on GBAtemp.net on February 5, 2018[2], Ryujinx featured just one bootable commercial game that progressed to intro animations, and could launch a few homebrew applications. As of November 2022, the developer's publicly maintained compatibility list classifies 3,198 games as playable, and an additional 459 titles as being able to go in-game[3][4]. Ryujinx official builds and changelog are maintained on the official website.[5]


    According to the developers, the emulator's name is a mix of Ryūjin, RyuJIT (which is named after Ryūjin) and NX, the Nintendo Switch codename used during development.[6][7]


    Development of Ryujinx was started in November 2017 by gdkchan. Unlike many other console emulators, Ryujinx is written in C#. Soon after development began, a Discord server and basic website were added. Initially, Ryujinx translated ARM code to .NET IL via ChocolArm64, allowing RyuJIT (the .NET JIT compiler) to be leveraged for ARM emulation; this is also partially where the name of the emulator was derived from. However, several inherent limitations necessitated a more flexible JIT, leading to gdkchan's creation of the custom JIT named ARMeilleure[8]

    In April 2018, Engadget and Forbes.com and published articles noting that Ryujinx was able to boot and play Cave Story and The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, and boot Puyo Puyo Tetris into menus.[9][10]

    In September 2018, Ryujinx implemented multi-core scheduling.[11]

    In December 2018, an article published by Gearnuke.com noted that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was now booting on the emulator.[12]

    In March 2020, Ryujinx began releasing a series of four specialized builds capable of running the Nintendo Switch game Animal Crossing: New Horizons on day 1 of its release[13], including progressive bug fixes and other optimizations on each revision of the special build; by May 2, 2020 the specialized build had taken down and it was announced that support for Animal Crossing: New Horizons had been incorporated into the latest official build[14][15]

    In April 2020, wccftech.com published an page stating that Ryujinx now ran some select titles, such as Astral Chain, and Pokemon Sword with acceptable performances.[16]

    In September 2020, nintendolife.com published an article noting that a Breath Of The Wild mod works on emulators like Cemu, Yuzu, as well as Ryujinx.[17]

    In March 2021, Ryujinx was the subject of Episode 72 of The .NET Core Podcast, featuring an interview with one of Ryujinx's developers.[18]

    In October 2021, PC Gamer and Kotaku, among other news outlets, noted that Ryujinx was running Metroid Dread at 4K within days of the game's release.[19][20][21] Later in October 2021, boilingsteam.com published an interview with gdkchan, creator of the Ryujinx emulator.[22]

    In November 2021, boilingsteam.com published an article entitled "You can play Mario Party Superstars Online with Ryujinx on Linux".[23]

    In January 2022, Kotaku published an article declaring that Ryujinx was being used to stream gameplay of Pokémon Legends Arceus on Twitch, prior to the game's release.[24]

    In July 2022, Linus Tech Tips published a YouTube tutorial on emulating Switch games on the Steam Deck, citing Ryujinx as one of the two Switch emulators.[25]

    In August 2022, Ryujinx added a Vulkan renderer to its main build, after a year of public testing.[26][27][28][29] Later that month, PC Gamer and nintendolife.com noted Ryujinx's response to Irdeto's Denuvo announcement.[30][31]

    In September 2022, techpowerup.com began including Ryujinx as a standard benchmark tool in hardware review articles and noted it as a "highly compatible, feature-rich emulator for the Nintendo Switch console."[32]

    In November 2022, Ryujinx released a stable build suitable for Intel and Apple Silicon macs.[1][33][2][3]

    A complete list of contributors to the Ryujinx project can be found at the Ryujinx GitHub repository contributors page[34]


    As of November 2022, Ryujinx requires a dump of the Nintendo Switch firmware & keys, 8GB of RAM, a 64-bit operating system or macOS 11+, a GPU that supports OpenGL 4.5, Vulkan, or Metal 3, and your dumped games or homebrew.[35]

    See also[edit]

    • Emulator
    • Emulators of Nintendo Switch
    • Yuzu (emulator)


    1. 1.0 1.1 "Ryujinx/Ryujinx". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
    2. 2.0 2.1 "Experimental Switch emulator in C#". GBAtemp.net - The Independent Video Game Community. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
    3. 3.0 3.1 "Ryujinx/Ryujinx-Games-List-Playable". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-06-02. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
    4. "Ryujinx/Ryujinx-Games-List-In-game". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-06-02. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
    5. Ryujinx. "Ryujinx - Download". Ryujinx. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
    6. "Ryujinx - Nintendo Switch Emulator". Ryujinx. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    7. "NX is now Nintendo Switch, a portable console with detachable controllers". Eurogamer.net. 2016-10-20. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    8. "Summer Progress Report". Ryujinx. 2019-10-19. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
    9. Evangelho, Jason. "2 Nintendo Switch Emulators Are Live And Running Gameplay". Forbes. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
    10. "RyujiNX, el emulador de Switch comienza a ejecutar juegos". Engadget. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
    11. "Thread scheduler rewrite by gdkchan · Pull Request #393 · Ryujinx/Ryujinx". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-06-02.
    12. Khan, Danial Arshad (2018-12-07). "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on PC to be a possibility soon thanks to Ryujinx Switch Emulator". GearNuke. Retrieved 2020-07-13.
    13. "Emulation News: Animal Crossing: New Horizons gets in-game on Ryujinx & Cemu (Wii U emulator) 1.17.4 publicly released with SD Card emulation & more". Wololo.net. 2020-03-21. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
    14. Palumbo, Alessio (2020-03-24). "Animal Crossing: New Horizons Already Works on PC Through Ryujinx Emulator". Wccftech. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
    15. "Animal Crossing: New Horizons - Preview Build Release (Updated)". 2 May 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
    16. De Meo, Francesco (Apr 26, 2020). "Nintendo Switch Emulator Ryujinx Runs Astral Chain, Pokemon Sword With Acceptable Performance On PC". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
    17. McFerran, Damien. "Random: Check Out This Amazing "Skyview Temple" Custom Dungeon For Zelda: Breath Of The Wild". Nintendo Life. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
    18. "Episode 72 - Emulating a Video Game System in .NET with Ryujinx". The .NET Core Podcast. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    19. Jody Macgregor (2021-10-10). "Watch Metroid Dread running on PC thanks to emulators". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    20. "Metroid Dread Is Already Running On Switch Emulators". Kotaku Australia. 2021-10-10. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    21. "Metroid Dread: Experience the Fear ... With Emulation! - Boiling Steam". 2021-10-08. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    22. "An Interview With GDKChan, Creator of Ryujinx - Boiling Steam". 2021-10-17. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    23. "You Can Play Mario Party Superstars Online with Ryujinx on Linux - Boiling Steam". 2021-11-01. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    24. "People Are Already Streaming Pokémon Legends Arceus Gameplay On Twitch". Kotaku Australia. 2022-01-23. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    25. Take down this video, Nintendo. I dare you. - Switch games on Steam Deck, retrieved 2022-09-27
    26. "Ryujinx Switch emulator adds Vulkan renderer to main build after a year of testing". GBAtemp.net - The Independent Video Game Community. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    27. Palumbo, Alessio; Palumbo, Alessio (2022-08-01). "Ryujinx Nintendo Switch Emulator Gets Vulkan Backend Update". Wccftech. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    28. "Ryujinx LDN 2.5 Released, Adds Vulkan Backend". Linux Gaming Central. 2022-08-19. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    29. "Ryujinx (Switch Emulator) Gets The Vulkan Treatment - Boiling Steam". 2021-08-01. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    30. Wes Fenlon (2022-08-24). "Denuvo DRM that nobody likes now available for Nintendo players, too". PC Gamer. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    31. Life, Nintendo (2022-08-26). "Nintendo Is Apparently Not Involved In The New Switch DRM Initiative". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    32. W1zzard; on; AMD, in Processors Manufacturer. "AMD Ryzen 9 7950X Review - Impressive 16-core Powerhouse". TechPowerUp. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
    33. "The Impossible Port: MacOS". Ryujinx. 2022-11-26. Retrieved 2022-11-29.
    34. "Ryujinx/Ryujinx/graphs/contributors". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-06-02. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
    35. "Ryujinx Setup & Configuration Guide · Ryujinx/Ryujinx Wiki". GitHub. Retrieved 2022-09-27.

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