How to add Cemu games to your Steam library

In this guide I am going to explain how to run Cemu games from Steam and how to show your friends which Cemu game you are currently playing.

I am assuming you already set up your game with Cemu and are ready to start it. If you need instructions on how to setup Cemu with Zelda BOTW you can check my previous guide.

Adding Cemu to your Steam library

Open Steam, click on “Add a game” and choose “Add a non-steam game”.

Steam will now search for programs that are on your computer. If Cemu does not appear in the list, click on “Browse” and choose your cemu.exe. Now click on “Add selected programs”.

The program may be called something different for you depending on the folder you installed it to.

Adjusting the properties

Right click on your just added program in your library and choose “Properties”.

In the new window you can now change the name to the name of your game and the game icon if you want to (“Choose icon…”).

We will also have to change the launch options to tell Cemu which game we want to play. To do this choose “Set launch options…” and add the following in the field. I will assume the path of the game is “C:\Games\My Game\game.rpx”. You will have to adjust this path to the file you are usually opening with Cemu.


Make sure you put -g in front of the path. If you want to start the game in fullscreen, add -f followed by a space in front of everything.

Close the windows and try to start the game. Cemu should be opening and automatically load your game. The name you chose will now also be shown in your friends’ friends lists.

Add a launch icon to your desktop (optional)

Open Steam, right click your newly added game and choose “Create desktop shortcut”.

If you open the game with this new desktop icon, Steam will now recognize that you are playing the game. If you chose an icon in the properties, it will also look nice on your desktop.

Have fun playing!

Additional notes

  • There are reports that using Steam Link with Cemu is possible, but I have not tried this myself
  • If you are looking for nice banners for Steam big picture, have a look at this Reddit thread by /u/Bbrown43

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  • Francis Quinn

    Hopefully with this I don’t need to fool with Zlauncher anymore. The fewer potential points of failure in running this stuff the better 🙂 Thanks.

    Mind sharing that pretty BotW icon you got there or where you found it?

  • Paul J

    How do you change the icon?

    • Otto Wayne

      In the properties menu you press the “Change icon” button and choose an icon file. You need to change the file type on the bottom of the window to all file types.

  • Alex Shaw

    Here’s a dumb idea that I will try: See if this makes Cemu compatible with Steam Link xD. I already have BOTW on Wii U, so this is totally pointless for me, but I’ll test it for the good folks at home 😉 Plus, BOTW doesn’t allow for multiple save files, which is the whole reason I’m using Cemu in the first place.

    • Gamlus

      Didn’t try it with Cemu yet, but it definitely worked with Dolphin for me 😉

  • Perky Pug

    Impressive! Endorsed.

  • Tyler Vanhelene

    When I try to open it it just says Unable to open file:{ help me please??

    • marc gooding

      Same >:{

      • Otto Wayne

        Make sure to use quotation marks.

        -g “D:YourPathToZeldagame.rpx”