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OpenEmu Alternatives

OpenEmu is described as 'Open Emu is an open source project to bring game emulation to OS X as a first class citizen, leveraging modern OS X technologies such as Cocoa, Core Animation and Quartz, and 3rd party libraries like Sparkle for auto-updating' and is a popular Game Emulator in the gaming software category. There are more than 25 alternatives to OpenEmu for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is RetroArch, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like OpenEmu are Dolphin Emulator, GameHub, DuckStation and Mame.

OpenEmu alternatives are mainly Game Emulators but may also be Game Library Managers or DOS Emulators. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of OpenEmu.
This page was last updated May 19, 2022
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  • FreeOpen Source
  • Mac

Open Emu is an open source project to bring game emulation to OS X as a first class citizen, leveraging modern OS X...

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  1. RetroArch

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry
    • iPad
    • OpenPandora
    • Steam
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Playstation
    • Xbox

    RetroArch is a graphical frontend for emulators, game engines, and media players.

    RetroArch vs OpenEmu opinions
    Some users think RetroArch is a great alternative to OpenEmu, some don't.

    its very instructional and very easy.

    Top positive comment  about 1 month ago
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    It emulates a variety of systems.

    Top positive comment  over 4 years ago
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    Not easy to use. I tried several times to set this up but couldn't. :(

    Top negative comment  almost 3 years ago
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    Although you lose the simplicity and charm of OpenEmu, it's easily the best alternative on Windows.

    Positive comment almost 3 years ago
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    Not nearly as easy to use as OpenEmu

    Negative comment over 3 years ago
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    they both provide good library interfaces and ways of organising game backups, as well as being able to choose different shaders for different systems, and being able to choose an emulator core separately from the main gui which stays the same.

    Positive comment about 4 years ago
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    It will run on anything the low hardware cost makes it affordable for any budget.

    Positive comment over 4 years ago
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  2. Dolphin Emulator

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android

    Dolphin is an emulator for two recent Nintendo video game consoles: the GameCube and the Wii.

    Dolphin Emulator vs OpenEmu opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Dolphin Emulator is still a legitimate alternative to OpenEmu, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    It's s no Frontend, It's an emulator. — Dolphin is included in OpenEmu

    Negative comment over 1 year ago
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    Doesn't do the same systems as openemu

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    It's an emulator, not an frontend.

    Negative comment almost 3 years ago
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  3. Games library manager. Supports: Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle, Humble Trove, Wine and RetroArch.

  4. DuckStation

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    DuckStation is an simulator/emulator of the Sony PlayStation(TM) console, focusing on playability, speed, and long-term maintainability. The goal is to be as accurate as possible while maintaining performance suitable for low-end devices.

  5. Mame

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • AmigaOS
    • MorphOS

    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.

    Mame vs OpenEmu opinions
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    It's an emulator, not an frontend.

    Negative comment almost 3 years ago
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  6. RPCS3

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    RPCS3 is an experimental open-source Sony PlayStation 3 emulator and debugger written in C++ for Windows and Linux. RPCS3 began development in May of 2011 by its founders, DH and Hykem.

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  7. Pegasus

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Raspberry Pi

    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.

  8. higan

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    higan was formerly known as bsnes. The project was renamed after becoming a multi-system emulator.

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    higan vs OpenEmu opinions
    Some users think higan is a great alternative to OpenEmu, some don't.

    It's an emulator, not an frontend.

    Negative comment almost 3 years ago
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  9. VisualBoyAdvance

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Haiku
    • AmigaOS
    • MorphOS

    VisualBoyAdvance (VBA) is a free software (GNU GPL) emulator targeted for the Game Boy, Super Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance handheld game consoles sold by Nintendo.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.8.0 beta 3, released in October 2005, can be still downloaded from FileHippo

    VisualBoyAdvance vs OpenEmu opinions
    This alternative is disputed. VisualBoyAdvance is still a legitimate alternative to OpenEmu, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Openemu is a multi emulation software. VisualBoyAdvance emulates only one system.

    Negative comment over 6 years ago
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    OpenEmu has a bunch of emulators. Visual Boy Advance is only for the GameBoy series.

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  10. CoolROM

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    CoolROM is a database and download site for emulators and ROMs of classic videogame systems such as Nintendo 64, SNES, Game Boy and more.

    Warning

    The "Download Now" button downloads an application installer (CoolROM Downloader) that can contain harmful pieces of software. Use the "Alternative Download Link" to download the rom directly. Virustotal results - Windows: https://www.virustotal.com/#/file/8680cb03307d5d4f0910690c07edc8251df43183a3bf7cbfb81353c34e16357d Mac: https://www.virustotal.com/#/file/7f5cde211c7374fbd70d32d1b58a7fa9867cc537eacde62fa83c9ed4606c2b01

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