How to Install Dolphin Emulator
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How to Install Dolphin Emulator



Intro & Requirements

Dolphin Emulator is software installed on your computer that emulates the Nintendo Wii and its games.

This tutorial will install the latest Developer Version of Dolphin onto your computer. There are what is known as 'Stable' versions for installation. But these versions aren't all that stable, and they are very very outdated.

Computer Requirements:
8 GB RAM or higher
Basic intel i5 processor or better

NOTE: Once you have completed this guide and have Dolphin installed, view this guide HERE to learn how to apply cheat codes in Dolphin.



Installing For Windows:

NOTE: For Windows 8 or later

You need to download and install this - https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=746572

After installing that, go to the Download page of the Dolphin website - https://dolphin-emu.org/download/

The version listed at top is the most recent. Click on the blue Windows x64 button to download. The download package will be in 7z format, you will need some third party archiver/extractor (such as WinRAR). Extract the download. You will see an application named Dolphin.exe. This is the application you would run to launch Dolphin. 

Launch the exe file. Dolphin should boot. If not, you will need to use Google or search on the Dolphin Forums to remedy the problem as it can be a result of various things. If Dolphin boots, but the game cannot play in full 60fps, it may be an issue with a cheap Graphics card or the processor is not good enough.

If Dolphin boots and plays your games at 60fps, you are done. Congratz!



Installing For Linux (Ubuntu or Debian only)

For Linux installations of Dev versions of Dolphin, Dolphin must be built from source.

NOTICE: For Ubuntu, you must be on version 18.04 or later. For Debian, you must be on Debian 10 or later.

The information on this thread is from this Dolphin wiki page - HERE

Refer to that wiki page or post a reply here if you are stuck on a step.

Let's begin.

1. Update, Upgrade, etc, etc.


sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade && sudo apt-get autoremove && sudo apt-get autoclean


The above command will update and upgrade everything for your Linux OS plus delete/wipe any unneeded cache and/or dependencies

If you had to preform any upgrades, be sure to reboot your computer - sudo reboot

2. Install the Necessary Dependencies


sudo apt-get install cmake pkg-config git libao-dev libasound2-dev libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libbluetooth-dev libenet-dev libgtk2.0-dev liblzo2-dev libminiupnpc-dev libopenal-dev libpulse-dev libreadline-dev libsfml-dev libsoil-dev libsoundtouch-dev libswscale-dev libusb-1.0-0-dev libwxbase3.0-dev libwxgtk3.0-dev libxext-dev libxrandr-dev portaudio19-dev zlib1g-dev libudev-dev libevdev-dev "libpolarssl-dev|libmbedtls-dev" libcurl4-openssl-dev libegl1-mesa-dev libpng-dev qtbase5-private-dev


The above command may take about 10 minutes to complete.

3. Install More Dependecies


sudo apt-get install git cmake pkg-config gcc libwxbase3.0-dev libwxgtk3.0-dev libgtk2.0-dev libxext-dev libreadline-dev libgl1-mesa-dev libevdev-dev libudev-dev libasound-dev libpulse-dev libao-dev libopenal-dev libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libswscale-dev libenet-dev liblzo2-dev libminiupnpc-dev libsoil-dev libsoundtouch-dev libsfml-dev libusb-1.0-0-dev libbluetooth-dev libxrandr-dev


4. Make the script

Dolphin wiki provides an excellent script that will build the source code for you. Obviously if you are experienced with building source code, you can build it without the script

In your home user directory, make a folder called 'DolphinScript'. Inside DolphinScript, make a blank file called script.sh

Open script.sh with any basic editor and enter this in..

#!/bin/bash

DIR="$( cd "$( dirname "${BASH_SOURCE[0]}" )" && pwd )"
getdolphin() {
echo 'Downloading Dolphin...'
git clone https://github.com/dolphin-emu/dolphin.git
}
updatedolphin() {
cd $DIR/dolphin
echo 'Updating the local repository...'
git pull origin
}
build() {
cmake $DIR/dolphin
make
}
updatedolphin || getdolphin
mkdir $DIR/build
cd $DIR/build
build && echo 'Compiled successfully.' || exit
echo 'Proceeding to the installation; press Enter to continue or Ctrl+C to cancel.'
read
if [ $(whoami) == "root" ];
then
make install
else
sudo make install
fi


5. Running the script

First we need to make the script executable, open a terminal and cd to /home/youruser/DolphinScript

Run this command - sudo chmod +x script.sh

Now run the script!

sudo ./script.sh

This process is lengthy and can take as long as an hour. But if you have good specs and high RAM, it should only take 15 - 20 minutes.

You will be prompted to press Enter to continue or Ctrl+C to cancel. Press Enter to finish the script.

6. Booting Dolphin

Once the script is done, simply run this command - dolphin-emu

Dolphin Emulator will launch, click the Open button and choose an iso/wbfs to play.

Congratz. It's recommended to install your own NAND and some other things, which will be covered in other guides.

7. Future Use and Other Notes

Please do not change the location or names of the folders/directories of where your source code files are stored. This can cause Dolphin to break. It will also disable all future upgrades.

How to Upgrade Dolphin:
Simply re-run the script. The master git hub tree will be viewed, and updates will be installed if there are any.

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~Main Time Updater for the MKWii Player's Page

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UPDATE: Aug 9, 2019  Exclamation

THIS IS FOR Debian 10 Dolphin Users Installing From Source--

My old Dolphin build (some 82XX version) finally broke when I updated the computer to Debian 10, not surprised. I decided to install the latest Dev version from Source today (version 10829 at the time during install).

It appeared to compile fine. However, I get a segmentation fault no matter what when trying to boot dolphin. Luckily I have some archived versions of Dolphin for Linux (since the Dolphin site only keeps archives for Windows, MAC, and Android). 

I had dev version 10413. Compiled it, and it works! So I have no idea why the latest version didn't work. There's no way I can diagnose this problem.

So if you are on Debian 10 like me, and your Dolphin works fine, UPDATE AT YOUR OWN RISK. If your dolphin is not working, regardless of the situation, you can try the current latest dev version, it might fail. If so, contact me, I can give you the source package for 10413.

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~Main Time Updater for the MKWii Player's Page

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