6 Installing FFmpeg for the Video Dumper
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If you try to use the video dumper without a compatible install of FFmpeg, you will receive an error message indicating so with the version of FFmpeg you need to install. This guide will walk you through installing a compatible FFmpeg to enable using the video dumper feature.


  1. Click here to download a compatible release of FFmpeg. Then extract the file you downloaded.
  2. Open Citra and in the menu bar go to Tools -> Dump Video.
  3. In the error dialog that opens, click "Open". In the file dialog that opens, browse to where you extracted FFmpeg to and open the extracted FFmpeg folder.

After completing these steps, Citra should inform you FFmpeg has successfully been installed into Citra. You should then be able to use the video dumper as normal.

Other OSes

Other operating systems have package managers that allow you to easily install a compatible FFmpeg.


  1. If you have not already, install the Homebrew package manager.
  2. In a terminal window, install FFmpeg using Homebrew: brew install ffmpeg@6


If you are using the Flatpak, you should not need to install FFmpeg as it is part of the runtime.

The AppImage builds are currently built against FFmpeg 4.2, as comes with Ubuntu 20.04. You can install a compatible version with one of the following commands, depending on your distro:

  • Ubuntu 20.04: sudo apt install ffmpeg
  • Arch Linux: sudo pacman -S ffmpeg4.4
  • Fedora: sudo dnf install compat-ffmpeg4

Note that if your distro does not provide a compatible version, you must find a suitable build elsewhere. You can also build Citra from source to use the version of FFmpeg you have installed.