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    EmulationStation Alternatives for Mac

    EmulationStation is not available for Mac but there are some alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is RetroArch, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to EmulationStation and seven of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to EmulationStation are Mame (Free, Open Source), Lakka (Free, Open Source), Pegasus (Free, Open Source) and Nostlan (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 26, 2021
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    EmulationStation is a graphical and themeable emulator front-end that allows you to access all your favorite games in one...
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      RetroArch is a graphical frontend for emulators, game engines, and media players.
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      Some users think RetroArch is a great alternative to EmulationStation, some don't.
      RetroArch allows you to emulate directly using "cores" included with the program and downloadable from their website. EmulationStation does not do emulation, and only acts as a front-end for other emulators installed on the system.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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      OKTAYMERCAN RetroArch is core (emulator) but emulationStation is like a interface or GUI.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

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      MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. When used in conjunction with images of the original arcade game's ROM and disk data, MAME attempts to reproduce that game as faithfully as possible on a more modern general-purpose computer.
      Some users think Mame is a great alternative to EmulationStation, some don't.


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      Lakka is the official Linux distribution of RetroArch and the libretro ecosystem. Each game system is implemented as a libretro core, while the frontend RetroArch takes care of inputs and display.
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      Pegasus is a graphical frontend for browsing your game library (especially retro games) and launching them from one place. It's focusing on customizability, cross platform support (including embedded devices) and high performance.
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      A front-end or user interface (UI) is the presentation and interaction layer of an app or website. Most modern emulator apps have basic game list UIs that you can interact with using a mouse/keyboard but not a game controller.


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      MESS emulates portable and console gaming systems, computer platforms and calculators. The project strives for accuracy and portability and therefore is not always the fastest emulator for any one particular system.
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      AdvanceMENU is a GNU/Linux, DOS and Windows front-end for AdvanceMAME, MAME, MESS, RAINE and any other emulator.
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