9 Dumping Updates and DLCs
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How to Dump Updates and DLCs from a 3DS System


threeSD is a tool written to help import data from your 3DS for Citra more conveniently and it dumps all the needed files with one operaton, meaning you don't need to repeatedly dump your games or system software. If you get new games or DLC, those will need to be dumped again.

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.

GodMode9 root screen

  1. Press the (HOME) button and select Title manager by pressing (A).
  2. Select [A:] SD CARD
  3. Use the D-Pad to navigate to the DLC / update you want to dump. These are usually at the bottom of the search results.
  • Quick tip: Using the left and right D-Pad buttons will let you navigate a large list quickly
  • Updates - Title ID starts with 0004000e
  • DLCs - Title ID starts with 0004008c

GodMode9 Title listing

  1. Select the Update/DLC.
  2. Select Manage Title....
  3. Select Build CIA (standard).

AC:NL Welcome Amiibo, Build CIA (standard)

  1. Once the dump is complete, press (A) to continue.
  2. Hold down (R) and press (START) to power off your 3DS.
  3. Eject the SD card from the 3DS, and insert it in your computer.
  4. Navigate to the gm9/out folder on your SD card.
  5. Identify the title. The format of the file name may be one of the following:
  • <Title ID> <Title Name> (<Product Code>) (<Region>).cia
  • <Title ID> (<Product Code>).cia
  1. Copy the CIA to a folder on your computer.

You can now install the Update/DLC to Citra's emulated SD SYSNAND (File > Install CIA...).

There was an error with dumping
Citra does not detect my DLCs.
  • If you do not own all the DLCs for a game, you must use the latest version of GodMode9 as previous versions did not dump them correctly.