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 many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to RetroArch are PlayOnLinux (Free, Open Source), Snes9x (Free, Open Source), ePSXe (Free) and GameHub (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jul 7, 2021

    1. 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
      Negative comment 5 months ago

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    2. PlayOnLinux (PlayOnMac at http://www.playonmac.com ) is a tool to help Linux (and Mac) users run games and programs for Windows on Linux (or Mac, FreeBSD), via the use of (as a front-end for) Wine.
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      • 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.

      Main Snes9x mirror: http://snes9x.ipherswipsite.com
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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.
      Negative comment 7 months ago

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      • 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.
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      Almost everyone thinks ePSXe is a great alternative to RetroArch.
    3. Unified library for all your games. Features GameHub allows to view, download, install, run and uninstall games from supported sources. Games GameHub supports non-native games as well as native games for Linux.
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      • 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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    4. 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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      AshleyJazzley SteamOS is a linux distribution, on it's own it has nothing to do with emulation.
      Negative comment 29 days ago

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      • 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.

      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.
      • 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

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      Retroarch is for ios VBA is for windows
      Negative comment almost 6 years ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Windows Mobile
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Symbian S60
      • BSD
      • Haiku
      • AmigaOS
      • MorphOS
      ScummVM is a program which allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, provided you already have their data files.
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