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System calls

Note: The argument-lists here apply to the official syscall wrapper-functions that are found in userland processes. The actual ordering passed to the kernel via the SVC instruction is documented in Kernel ABI.

Id NF ARM11 NF ARM9 TF ARM11 Description Notes
0x01 Yes No No Result ControlMemory(u32* outaddr, u32 addr0, u32 addr1, u32 size, MemoryOperation operation, MemoryPermission permissions) Outaddr is usually the same as the input addr0.
0x02 Yes No No Result QueryMemory(MemoryInfo* info, PageInfo* out, u32 Addr)
0x03 Yes No No void ExitProcess(void)
0x04 Yes No No Result GetProcessAffinityMask(u8* affinitymask, Handle process, s32 processorcount)
0x05 Yes No No Result SetProcessAffinityMask(Handle process, u8* affinitymask, s32 processorcount)
0x06 Yes No No Result GetProcessIdealProcessor(s32 *idealprocessor, Handle process)
0x07 Yes No No Result SetProcessIdealProcessor(Handle process, s32 idealprocessor)
0x08 Yes Yes Yes Result CreateThread(Handle* thread, func entrypoint, u32 arg, u32 stacktop, s32 threadpriority, s32 processorid)
0x09 Yes Yes Yes void ExitThread(void)
0x0A Yes Yes Yes void SleepThread(s64 nanoseconds)
0x0B Yes Yes Yes Result GetThreadPriority(s32* priority, Handle thread)
0x0C Yes Yes Yes Result SetThreadPriority(Handle thread, s32 priority)
0x0D Yes No No Result GetThreadAffinityMask(u8* affinitymask, Handle thread, s32 processorcount)
0x0E Yes No No Result SetThreadAffinityMask(Handle thread, u8* affinitymask, s32 processorcount) Replaced with a stub in ARM11 NATIVE_FIRM kernel beginning with 8.0.0-18.
0x0F Yes No No Result GetThreadIdealProcessor(s32* processorid, Handle thread)
0x10 Yes No No Result SetThreadIdealProcessor(Handle thread, s32 processorid) Replaced with a stub in ARM11 NATIVE_FIRM kernel beginning with 8.0.0-18.
0x11 Yes No No s32 GetCurrentProcessorNumber(void)
0x12 Yes No No Result Run(Handle process, StartupInfo* info) This starts the main() thread. Buf+0 is main-thread priority, Buf+4 is main-thread stack-size.
0x13 Yes Yes Yes Result CreateMutex(Handle* mutex, bool initialLocked)
0x14 Yes Yes Yes Result ReleaseMutex(Handle mutex)
0x15 Yes Yes Yes Result CreateSemaphore(Handle* semaphore, s32 initialCount, s32 maxCount)
0x16 Yes Yes Yes Result ReleaseSemaphore(s32* count, Handle semaphore, s32 releaseCount)
0x17 Yes Yes Yes Result CreateEvent(Handle* event, ResetType resettype)
0x18 Yes Yes Yes Result SignalEvent(Handle event)
0x19 Yes Yes Yes Result ClearEvent(Handle event)
0x1A Yes Yes Yes Result CreateTimer(Handle* timer, ResetType resettype)
0x1B Yes Yes Yes Result SetTimer(Handle timer, s64 initial_nanoseconds, s64 interval)
0x1C Yes Yes Yes Result CancelTimer(Handle timer)
0x1D Yes Yes Yes Result ClearTimer(Handle timer)
0x1E Yes No No Result CreateMemoryBlock(Handle* memblock, u32 addr, u32 size, MemoryPermission mypermission, MemoryPermission otherpermission)
0x1F Yes No No Result MapMemoryBlock(Handle memblock, u32 addr, MemoryPermission mypermissions, MemoryPermission otherpermission)
0x20 Yes No No Result UnmapMemoryBlock(Handle memblock, u32 addr)
0x21 Yes Yes Yes Result CreateAddressArbiter(Handle* arbiter)
0x22 Yes Yes Yes Result ArbitrateAddress(Handle arbiter, u32 addr, ArbitrationType type, s32 value, s64 nanoseconds)
0x23 Yes Yes Yes Result CloseHandle(Handle handle)
0x24 Yes Yes Yes Result WaitSynchronization1(Handle handle, s64 timeout_nanoseconds)
0x25 Yes Yes Yes Result WaitSynchronizationN(s32* out, Handle* handles, s32 handlecount, bool waitAll, s64 timeout_nanoseconds)
0x26 Yes No No Result SignalAndWait(s32* out, Handle signal, Handle* handles, s32 handleCount, bool waitAll, s64 nanoseconds) Stubbed
0x27 Yes Yes Yes Result DuplicateHandle(Handle* out, Handle original)
0x28 Yes Yes Yes s64 GetSystemTick(void) (This returns the total CPU ticks elapsed since the CPU was powered-on)
0x29 Yes No No Result GetHandleInfo(s64* out, Handle handle, HandleInfoType type)
0x2A Yes Yes Yes Result GetSystemInfo(s64* out, SystemInfoType type, s32 param)
0x2B Yes Yes Yes Result GetProcessInfo(s64* out, Handle process, ProcessInfoType type)
0x2C Yes Yes Yes Result GetThreadInfo(s64* out, Handle thread, ThreadInfoType type)
0x2D Yes No No Result ConnectToPort(Handle* out, const char* portName)
0x2E Yes No No Result SendSyncRequest1(Handle session) Stubbed
0x2F Yes No No Result SendSyncRequest2(Handle session) Stubbed
0x30 Yes No No Result SendSyncRequest3(Handle session) Stubbed
0x31 Yes No No Result SendSyncRequest4(Handle session) Stubbed
0x32 Yes No No Result SendSyncRequest(Handle session)
0x33 Yes No No Result OpenProcess(Handle* process, u32 processId)
0x34 Yes No No Result OpenThread(Handle* thread, Handle process, u32 threadId)
0x35 Yes No Yes Result GetProcessId(u32* processId, Handle process)
0x36 Yes No No Result GetProcessIdOfThread(u32* processId, Handle thread)
0x37 Yes Yes Yes Result GetThreadId(u32* threadId, Handle thread)
0x38 Yes No No Result GetResourceLimit(Handle* resourceLimit, Handle process)
0x39 Yes No No Result GetResourceLimitLimitValues(s64* values, Handle resourceLimit, LimitableResource* names, s32 nameCount)
0x3A Yes No No Result GetResourceLimitCurrentValues(s64* values, Handle resourceLimit, LimitableResource* names, s32 nameCount)
0x3B Yes No No Result GetThreadContext(ThreadContext* context, Handle thread) Stubbed
0x3C Yes Yes Yes Break(BreakReason)
0x3D Yes Yes Yes OutputDebugString(void const, int) Does nothing on non-debug units.
0x3E Yes No No ControlPerformanceCounter(unsigned long long, int, unsigned int, unsigned long long)
0x47 Yes No No Result CreatePort(Handle* portServer, Handle* portClient, const char* name, s32 maxSessions) Setting name=NULL creates a private port not accessible from svcConnectToPort.
0x48 Yes No No Result CreateSessionToPort(Handle* session, Handle port)
0x49 Yes No No Result CreateSession(Handle* sessionServer, Handle* sessionClient)
0x4A Yes No No Result AcceptSession(Handle* session, Handle port)
0x4B Yes No No Result ReplyAndReceive1(s32* index, Handle* handles, s32 handleCount, Handle replyTarget) Stubbed.
0x4C Yes No No Result ReplyAndReceive2(s32* index, Handle* handles, s32 handleCount, Handle replyTarget) Stubbed.
0x4D Yes No No Result ReplyAndReceive3(s32* index, Handle* handles, s32 handleCount, Handle replyTarget) Stubbed.
0x4E Yes No No Result ReplyAndReceive4(s32* index, Handle* handles, s32 handleCount, Handle replyTarget) Stubbed.
0x4F Yes No No Result ReplyAndReceive(s32* index, Handle* handles, s32 handleCount, Handle replyTarget)
0x50 Yes Yes Yes Result BindInterrupt(Interrupt name, Handle syncObject, s32 priority, bool isManualClear)
0x51 Yes Yes Yes Result UnbindInterrupt(Interrupt name, Handle syncObject)
0x52 Yes Yes Yes Result InvalidateProcessDataCache(Handle process, void* addr, u32 size)
0x53 Yes Yes Yes Result StoreProcessDataCache(Handle process, void const* addr, u32 size)
0x54 Yes Yes Yes Result FlushProcessDataCache(Handle process, void const* addr, u32 size)
0x55 Yes Yes Yes Result StartInterProcessDma(Handle* dma, Handle dstProcess, void* dst, Handle srcProcess, const void* src, u32 size, const DmaConfig* config)
0x56 Yes Yes Yes Result StopDma(Handle dma)
0x57 Yes Yes Yes Result GetDmaState(DmaState* state, Handle dma)
0x58 Yes Yes Yes RestartDma(nn::Handle, void *, void const*, unsigned int, signed char)
0x60 Yes No No Result DebugActiveProcess(Handle* debug, u32 processID)
0x61 Yes No No Result BreakDebugProcess(Handle debug)
0x62 Yes No No Result TerminateDebugProcess(Handle debug)
0x63 Yes No No Result GetProcessDebugEvent(DebugEventInfo* info, Handle debug)
0x64 Yes No No Result ContinueDebugEvent(Handle debug, u32 flags)
0x65 Yes No No Result GetProcessList(s32* processCount, u32* processIds, s32 processIdMaxCount)
0x66 Yes No No Result GetThreadList(s32* threadCount, u32* threadIds, s32 threadIdMaxCount, Handle domain)
0x67 Yes No No Result GetDebugThreadContext(ThreadContext* context, Handle debug, u32 threadId, u32 controlFlags)
0x68 Yes No No Result SetDebugThreadContext(Handle debug, u32 threadId, ThreadContext* context, u32 controlFlags)
0x69 Yes No No Result QueryDebugProcessMemory(MemoryInfo* blockInfo, PageInfo* pageInfo, Handle process, u32 addr)
0x6A Yes No No Result ReadProcessMemory(void* buffer, Handle debug, u32 addr, u32 size)
0x6B Yes No No Result WriteProcessMemory(Handle debug, void const* buffer, u32 addr, u32 size)
0x6C Yes No No Result SetHardwareBreakPoint(s32 registerId, u32 control, u32 value)
0x6D Yes No No GetDebugThreadParam(s64* unused, u32* out, Handle kdebug, u32 threadId, DebugThreadParam param) Disabled on regular kernel.
0x70 Yes No No Result ControlProcessMemory(Handle KProcess, unsigned int Addr0, unsigned int Addr1, unsigned int Size, unsigned int Type, unsigned int Permissions)
0x71 Yes No No Result MapProcessMemory(Handle KProcess, unsigned int StartAddr, unsigned int EndAddr)
0x72 Yes No No Result UnmapProcessMemory(Handle KProcess, unsigned int StartAddr, unsigned int EndAddr)
0x73 Yes No No Result CreateCodeSet(Handle* handle_out, struct CodeSetInfo, u32 code_ptr, u32 ro_ptr, u32 data_ptr)
0x74 Yes No No Result RandomStub() Stubbed
0x75 Yes No No Result CreateProcess(Handle* handle_out, Handle codeset_handle, u32 arm11kernelcaps_ptr, u32 arm11kernelcaps_num)
0x76 Yes No No TerminateProcess(Handle)
0x77 Yes No No Result SetProcessResourceLimits(Handle KProcess, Handle KResourceLimit)
0x78 Yes No No Result CreateResourceLimit(Handle *KResourceLimit)
0x79 Yes No No Result SetResourceLimitValues(Handle res_limit, LimitableResource* resource_type_list, s64* resource_list, u32 count)
0x7A Yes No Yes AddCodeSegment (unsigned int Addr, unsigned int Size) Stubbed on NATIVE_FIRM beginning with 2.0.0-2. Used during TWL_FIRM boot.
0x7B Yes Yes No Backdoor(unsigned int CodeAddress) This is used on ARM9 NATIVE_FIRM.

No ARM11 processes have access to it without some form of kernelhax, and this was removed on 11.0.0-33 (for ARM11).

0x7C Yes Yes Yes KernelSetState(unsigned int Type, unsigned int Param0, unsigned int Param1, unsigned int Param2) The type determines the meaning of each param
0x7D Yes No No Result QueryProcessMemory(MemInfo *Info, unsigned int *Out, Handle KProcess, unsigned int Addr)
0xFF Yes Yes Yes ??? Debug related? The svcaccesscontrol mask doesn't apply for this SVC. Stubbed on ARM9 NATIVE_FIRM.


Note that "stubbed" here means that the SVC only returns an error, as in the following snippet:

ROM:FFF04D98                 LDR             R0, =0xF8C007F4
ROM:FFF04D9C                 BX              LR

Types and structures

enum ResetType

Reset type Id

Timers/Events may be waited on by a thread using svcWaitSynchronization. Once the timer runs out/the event gets signaled, threads waiting on the respective handles until the timer/event is reset. STICKY timers/events wake up threads until they are explicitly reset by some thread. ONESHOT timers/events will wake up exactly one thread and then are reset automatically. PULSE timers will be reset after waking up one thread too, but will also be started again immediately. It's unknown whether PULSE is a valid reset type for events.

struct StartupInfo

Type Field
s32 Priority
u32 Stack size
s32 argc
s16* argv
s16* envp

enum BreakReason

Break Reason Value

struct DebugEventInfo

Type Field
u32 Event type
u32 Thread ID (not used in all events)
u32[2] Unknown/padding
u32[6] Event-specific data (see below)
Event type Id
MAP 12


Type Field
u64 Program ID
char[8] Process name
u32 Process ID
u32 0 = newly created process, 1 = attached process


Type Field
u32 Creator thread ID
u32 Base address (?)
u32 Entrypoint


A single u32 reason field is used.

Thread exit reasons:

Reason Id
(None) 0

Process exit reasons:

Reason Id
(None) 0


Type Field
u32 Exception type
u32 Exception address
u32 Argument (type-specific)

Exception types:

Reason Id Argument
(Unknown) 1 (None)
(Unknown, mem-related) 2 Address
(Unknown, mem-related) 3 Address
USER BREAK 6 User break type
UNDEFINED SYSCALL 8 Attempted syscall ID

User break types:

Reason Id


Type Field
u64 Clock tick
u32 Syscall (only for SYSCALL events)


Type Field
u32 String address
u32 String size

MAP event

Type Field
u32 Mapped address
u32 Mapped size
u32 MemoryPermission
u32 MemoryState

enum DebugThreadParam

Parameter Id

typedef Handle

User-visible references to internal objects are represented by 32-bit integers called handles. Handles are only valid in the process they have been created in; hence, they cannot be exchanged between processes directly (the IPC functions provide a mean to copy handles to other processes, though).

There are a number of special-purpose handles, which provide easy access to information on objects in the current process:

Handle Description
0xFFFF8000 Handle to the active thread
0xFFFF8001 Handle to the active process


This is essentially an interface for writing values to the debug-unit (B/W)RP registers. registerId range 0..5 = breakpoints(BRP0-5), 0x100..0x101 = watchpoints(WRP0-1), anything outside of these ranges will result in an error. This is used for both adding and removing/disabling breakpoints/watchpoints, hence the raw control value parameter.

Here the kernel sets bit15 in the DSCR, to enable monitor-mode debugging.

Regardless of whether this is for a BRP, when bit21 is set in the control input parameter(BRP type = contextID), the kernel will load the target process contextID and use that internally for the value field. The target process is specified via a KDebug handle passed as the "value" parameter.

Lastly, the kernel disables the specified (B/W)RP, then writes the value parameter / loaded contextID to the (B/W)VR, then writes the input control value to the (B/W)CR.


The CTRSDK code for using svcStartInterProcessDma will execute svcBreak when svcStartInterProcessDma returns an error(except for certain error value(s)). Therefore on retail, triggering a svcStartInterProcessDma via a system-module which results in an error from svcStartInterProcessDma will result in the system-module terminating.

Interrupt Handling

BindInterrupt adds the given event handle to an internal list for the given interrupt ID. Whenever the given interrupt is triggered, the kernel's interrupt handler will signal all events in the list corresponding to that interrupt.

Applications hence can wait for specific interrupts to happen by calling WaitSynchronization(N) on the event handles.

It is unknown whether BindInterrupt may be used with non-event handles.

The set of existing ARM11 interrupts is listed on this page.


DebugActiveProcess is used to attach to a process for debugging. This SVC can only be used when the target process' ARM11 descriptors stored in the exheader have the kernel flag for "Enable debug" set. Otherwise when that flag is clear, the kernel flags for the process using this SVC must have the "Force debug" flag set.

This SVC can only be used when a certain kernel state debug flag is non-zero(it's set to zero for retail).


Type Enabled for the NATIVE_FIRM ARM11 kernel Enabled for the TWL_FIRM ARM11 kernel Description
0 Yes No This initializes the programID for launching FIRM, then triggers launching FIRM. Param0 is unused. Param1 is the programID-low, and the programID-high is 0x00040138. Param2 is used only with the New_3DS kernel, pm-module uses value 0 with this. With New3DS kernel, it forces the programIDlow to be the New3DS NATIVE_FIRM, when the input programIDlow is for the Old3DS NATIVE_FIRM and Param2==0.

On New3DS, the kernel disables the additional New3DS cache hw prior to calling the firmlaunch function from the <handler for the KernelSetState-types called via funcptr>.

1 Yes Yes Unknown, does nothing with the TWL_FIRM ARM11 kernel.
2 Yes Yes Unknown.

On New3DS, the kernel disables the additional New3DS cache hw, when it's actually enabled, prior to executing the rest of the code from the <handler for the KernelSetState-types called via funcptr>.

3 Yes No This used for initializing the 0x1000-byte buffer used by the launched FIRM. Param2 is unused. When Param0 is value 1, this buffer is copied to the beginning of FCRAM at 0xF0000000, and Param1 is unused. When Param0 is value 0, this kernel buffer is mapped to process address Param1.
4 No Yes Param0-Param3 are unused. This unmaps(?) the following virtual memory by writing value physaddr(where physaddr base is 0x80000000) to the L1 MMU table entries: 0x00300000..0x04300000, 0x08000000..0x0FE00000, and 0x10000000..0xF8000000.
5 Yes Yes ?
6 Yes No Debug related?
7 Yes No This triggers an MCU (hard) reboot. Param0-3 are unused. This reboot is triggered via device address 0x4A on the second I2C bus (the MCU). Register address 0x20 is written to with value 4. This code will not return.

On New3DS, the kernel disables the additional New3DS cache hw prior to calling the reboot function from the <handler for the KernelSetState-types called via funcptr>.

8 Yes No Alternate FIRM launch code-path, with different PXI FIFO word constants. Usually not used. PTM-sysmodule can use this but it's unknown what exactly triggers that in PTM-sysmodule.
9 Yes, implemented at some point after system-version v4.5. ? Unknown
10 Yes ? ConfigureNew3DSCPU. Only available for the New_3DS kernel. The actual code for processing this runs under the <handler for the KernelSetState-types called via funcptr>, which runs on all ARM11 cores. Param0 = input value. Only bit0-1 are used here. Bit 0 enables higher core clock, and bit 1 enables additional (L2) cache. This configures the hardware register for the flags listed here, among other code which uses the MPCore private memory region registers.


SystemInfoType value s32 param Description
0 0 This writes the total used memory size in the following memory regions to out: APPLICATION, SYSTEM, and BASE.
0 1 This writes the total used memory size in the APPLICATION memory region to out.
0 2 This writes the total used memory size in the SYSTEM memory region to out.
0 3 This writes the total used memory size in the BASE memory region to out.
2 Unused This writes the FCRAM memory used by the kernel to out.
25 Unused This writes the total number of threads which were directly launched by the kernel, to out. No longer exists with some kernel version?
26 Unused This writes the total number of processes which were directly launched by the kernel, to out. For the NATIVE_FIRM/SAFE_MODE_FIRM ARM11 kernel, this is normally 5, for processes sm, fs, pm, loader, and pxi.



R0 = unused
R1 = Handle process
R2 = ProcessInfoType type


R0 = Result
R1 = output value lower word
R2 = output value upper word
ProcessInfoType value Available since system version Description
9-19 8.0.0-18 This only returns error 0xD8E007ED.
20 8.0.0-18 low u32 = (0x20000000 - <LINEAR virtual-memory base for this process>). That is, the output value is the value which can be added to LINEAR memory vaddrs for converting to physical-memory addrs.
21-23 8.0.0-18 This only returns error 0xE0E01BF4.


HandleInfoType value Description
0 This returns the time in ticks the KProcess referenced by the handle was created. If a KProcess handle was not given, it will write whatever was in r5, r6 when the svc was called.
1 Get internal refcount-1 for kernel object (u32), and also a boolean if the refcount-1 is negative (u32).
0x32107 Returns (u64) 0.

svc7B Backdoor

This saves SVC-mode SP+LR on the user-mode stack, then sets the SVC-mode SP to the user-mode SP. This then calls the specified code in SVC-mode. Once the called code returns, this pops the saved SP+LR off the stack for restoring the SVC-mode SP, then returns from the svc7b handler. Note that this svc7b handler does not disable IRQs, if any IRQs/context-switches occur while the SVC-mode SP is set to the user-mode one here, the ARM11-kernel will crash(which hangs the whole ARM11-side system).

Kernel error-codes

See Error codes.

Error-code value Description
0x09401BFE Timeout occurred with svcWaitSynchronization*, when timeout is not ~0.
0xC8601801 No more unused/free synchronization objects left to use in a given object's linked list. (KEvent, KMutex, KTimer, KSemaphore, KAddressArbiter, KThread)
0xC8601802 No more unused/free KSharedMemory objects left to use in the KSharedMemory linked list - out of blocks
0xC8601809 No more unused/free KSessions left to use in the KSession linked list - out of sessions
0xC860180A Not enough free memory available for memory allocation.
0xC920181A The session was closed by the other process..
0xD0401834 Max connections to port have been exceeded
0xD8609013 Unknown, probably reslimit related?
0xD88007FA Returned if no KObjectName object in the linked list of such objects matches the port name provided to the svc.
0xD8E007ED This indicates that a value is outside of the enum being used.
0xD8E007F1 This error indicates Misaligned address.
0xD8E007F7 This error indicates that the input handle used with the SVC does not exist in the process handle-table, or that the handle kernel object type does not match the type used by the SVC.
0xD9000402 Invalid memory permissions for input/output buffers, for svcStartInterProcessDma.
0xD9001814 Failed unprivileged load or store - wrong permissions on memory
0xD9001BF7 This error is returned when the kernel retrieves a pointer to a kernel object, but the object type doesn't match the desired one.
0xD92007EA This error is returned when a process attempts to use svcCreateMemoryBlock when the process memorytype is the application memorytype, and when addr=0.
0xE0E01BF5 This indicates an invalid address was used.
0xF8C007F4 Invalid type/param0-param3 input for svcKernelSetState. This is also returned for those syscalls marked as stubs.