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RetroArch Alternatives for Linux

There are many alternatives to RetroArch for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best Linux alternative is Lutris, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to RetroArch and loads of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to RetroArch are PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac, Snes9x, ePSXe and GameHub.

RetroArch alternatives are mainly Game Emulators but may also be Compatibility Layer Tools or Game Library Managers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of RetroArch.
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RetroArch is a graphical frontend for emulators, game engines, and media players.

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  1. Lutris icon

    Lutris

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Online
    • FLATHUB

    Lutris is an open source gaming platform for GNU/Linux. It allows you to gather and manage (install, configure and launch) all your games acquired from any source, in a single interface.

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    retorarch is a frontend for emulating multiple game consoles. Lutris is primarily a frontend for running windows games on linux

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    Lutris is not an frontend for emulators.

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    Brouware

    Retroarch is a frontend for emulators, Lutris for PC games.

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  2. PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac icon

    PlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Wine
    • FreeBSD

    PlayOnLinux is a graphical frontend for the Wine software compatibility layer which allows Linux and Mac users to install Windows-based video games, Microsoft Office (2000 to 2010), Microsoft Internet Explorer, as well as many other applications.

    ⚫︎ Ad-freePlayOnLinux - PlayOnMac doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Brouware

    PlayOnLinux is a compatibility layer to play Windows games (or other software) on Linux. Retroarch is a multi-platform emulator frontend. They are not at all similar.

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    Snes9x

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Snes9x is a portable, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulator. It allows you to play most games designed for the SNES and Super Famicom Nintendo game systems on your PC.

    ⚫︎ PortableSnes9x can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Most users think Snes9x is a great alternative to RetroArch.

    Retroarch is not an emulator. Retroarch is a frontend for Libretro, which is a backend in which "cores" can be implemented and then run through a frontend(RA in this case.) These cores are emulators, and are what do most of the work of emulating systems. The vast majority of Libretro cores are simply preexisting emulators (like Snes9x!) ported into the Libretro API.

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  4. ePSXe icon

    ePSXe

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet

    ePSXe (enhanced PSX emulator) is an emulator of the PlayStation video game console for x86-based PC hardware. ePSXe makes use of a plugin system to emulate GPU, SPU, and CD drive functions, similar to the model first introduced in PSEmu Pro.

    ⚫︎ PortableePSXe can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Almost everyone thinks ePSXe is a great alternative to RetroArch.
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    ePSXe is a single emulator, whereas RetroArch is a front-end for multiple emulators and games using them !

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  5. Games library manager. Supports: Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle, Humble Trove, Wine and RetroArch.

    ⚫︎ Dark ModeGameHub supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    GameHub allows to view, download, install, run and uninstall games from supported sources.


  6. PPSSPP icon

    PPSSPP

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Blackberry

    PPSSPP is a PSP emulator written in C++, and translates PSP CPU instructions directly into optimized x86, x64 and ARM machine code, using JIT recompilers (dynarecs).

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    PPSSPP is an emulator, whereas RetroArch is a front-end for multiple emulators and the games using them.

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    SteamOS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Wine
    • Steam
    • Proton

    SteamOS is a Debian based Linux distribution designed to run Valve's Steam and Steam games. It also provides a desktop mode (https://alternativeto.

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    SteamOS is a linux distribution, on it's own it has nothing to do with emulation.

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    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.

    ⚫︎ PortableVisualBoyAdvance can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Discontinued

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

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    Retroarch is for ios VBA is for windows

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    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.

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    DuckStation is an emulator, whereas RetroArch is a front-end for multiple emulators and the games using them.

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    ZSNES

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    ZSNES is a Super Nintendo Entertainment System emulator. Aside from emulation accuracy, many interface features first introduced in ZSNES have been adopted by other emulators.

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    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.51, released in January 2007, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    Most users think ZSNES is a great alternative to RetroArch.
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