How to download & install Dolphin Emulator on PC (Windows)


how to dowload and install dolphin emulator on PC

Guy's do you want to play Nintendo (GameCube and Wii) games on your PC the easiest and fast way. We'll stick around, by the end of this article you will learn how to run Nintendo switch games on your low-end PC, and also how to download and install Dolphin Emulator.

Nintendo Switch is one of the coolest portable consoles with the best graphics ever, these console graphics is very similar to that of the PS4. So if you want to experience Next gen graphics like that of the PS4 on your PC, Yuzu & dolphin Emulator is the best software for that. Let's get started!


What is Dolphin Emulator?

Dolphin is a free viewing and open-source console emulator for the GameCube and Wii, which are basic for Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android. The initial version was available in 2003 as a free Windows application. Dolphin was also the First executable GameCube emulator.


Minimum Requirements for Dolphin Emulator on PC

  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8, 10, or Linux 64bits
  • CPU: Intel i3-6100 or AMD Ryzen 3 1200
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Graphics hardware: OpenGL 4.5 support or Vulkan 1.1 such as an Intel HD Graphics 530 or Nvidia GeForce GT 710


Recommended Specs for Dolphin Emulator PC

  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8, 10, or Linux 64bits
  • CPU: Intel i5-8600K or AMD Ryzen 5 3600
  • Memory: 16GB RAM
  • Graphics hardware: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 470 8GB



How to download & install Dolphin Emulator

Step 1: Open your preferred browser, search Dolphin Emulator download PC on Google, or click on this link it will redirect you to the official website.

step one

Step 2: On the main website, download the beta version by clicking on Windows x64 in the first link.

step two

  • Note: The first download link you will see is the most recent version of Dolphin Emulator.

Step 3: After downloading the setup, you will also notice a red highlighted background with blue linked text in it above Dolphin Emulator beta download, click on it.

  • After clicking on it, you will be redirected to Microsoft C++ 2015 - 2019 download page.

Step 4: On the page, scroll down till you see vc_redist.x64.exe, click on it to start downloading Microsoft C++.

  • Note: This depends on your PC, if you are using a 64-bit operating system, click on x64. But if you are using 32 bit, click x86.

Step 5: After downloading is completed, install the Microsoft C++ 2015 - 2019 you just downloaded, and then extract the dolphin Emulator zip file with 7zip or WinRAR.

Installing Microsoft C++
Installing Microsoft C++

Step 6: After successfully installing Microsoft C++ on your computer, Open the Dolphin Emulator folder you just extracted.

Step 7: In the folder, open Dolphin.exe with the dolphin logo in the icon.

click on dolphin logo

  • Note: After opening the app, you will get a pop-up on your screen, showing you to Allow Usage Statistics Reporting, click on Yes.

Step 8: After that congratulations, you have successfully installed the Dolphin Emulator on your PC.


How to Configure Controllers | Keyboard & Mouse | in Dolphin Emulator PC

Now we'll show you how to configure your Xbox one & 360, USB gamepad, or keyboard to work with Dolphin Emulator.

Step 1: Plug in your controller to your PC

Step 1: On the Dolphin Emulator home screen, click on the controller button at the top of the page.

  • You'll be redirected to Controller settings

Step 2: Now click on the drop-down next to port 1, then select Standard controller.

Step 3: Leave the rest on default, and then click on Configure next to Standard controller.

  • After this, you'll be redirected to Controller settings.

Step 4: Click on the drop-down on device, in the top part of the page then select your Controller (ID) name.

  • Note: if you are using an Xbox controller, select Xinput. If you use a PS4 controller, select Dinput. And lastly, if you use a USB gamepad controller, select your controller (ID) name, it will display in Dolphin Emulator.

Step 5: Now click on each button in the window, and then press the corresponding on your controller to match it.

match each buttons with your controller

Step 6: Continue mapping each controller button to your gamepad, till you are done mapping the whole buttons on your controller.

After you are done configuring the controller, type in the profile name of your controller at the top of the page and then save.

After doing this you've successfully configured your controller.


How to Run/Play GameCube & Wii Nintendo games on PC with Dolphin Emulator

Step 1: Open Dolphin Emulator, click on Config ➠ Paths.

Step 2: Now click on Add, then select the folder you have Nintendo games on.

  • Note: I have mine on my desktop which is very easy for me to find, yours might be in a different location. But to find it easier it's better to have it on your desktop.

Step 3: After selecting the folder, you should see your game list pop-up in Dolphin Emulator. To run the game is very easy, just double-click on the game to start!

If you want to fix lag on Dolphin Emulator for a low-End PC click here.



If this article helped you download and install the dolphin emulator without errors, please comment down below, also if there is more you need to know comment down below we'll reply immediately. As always, stay awesome and have a nice day.

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