Installing Dolphin

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Windows and Mac

  • Download and extract the latest revision/version of Dolphin into a new folder (preferably named after the revision).
    • Dolphin for Windows now use Global User Directory. By default, it is under "%userprofile%\Documents\Dolphin Emulator\". You do not need to migrate anything if the previous Dolphin build was 3.5-2381 or higher. Otherwise, you may want to migrate every folders besides \Languages\ and \Sys\ to there. And if one migrated folder happened to be \User\ then move all subfolders out of its parent folder.
    • If you want to use old GameCube Memory Card files, place them under \GC\.
    • Wii NAND dumps should be placed under \Wii\. This is optional. You may want to check how to dump your own NAND backup here NAND Usage Guide.
    • Using StateSaves between versions may cause problems. It is not recommended.
  • Run the Dolphin executable and have fun!

Problems? try the FAQ before asking questions in the forums.

Ubuntu PPA

Ubuntu users can download and use a Debian software package (.deb) from the main site or with apt-get.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:glennric/dolphin-emu

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install dolphin-emu

ArchLinux and respins

Install: # pacman -S dolphin-emu

See also the AUR and read more on the ArchWiki.


Other GNU/Linux users have to build and install from source code.

Configure Plugins

In most cases, the default settings works fine. If you want to change something, the Performance guide can help you.

File Browser

  • You can launch ISO/WAD files by browsing them, or setting a folder to search for files (which will be shown at the Dolphin's main window)
    • Banner/Game Names may not load at first time. Making a save file for that game fixes it. That isn't a bug itself. (GameCube games don't have this issue)
    • Items shown can be toggled on/off on the "View" menu.