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 PPSSPP (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 7, 2021

      • FreeOpen Source
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      An experimental open-source Nintendo 3DS emulator/debugger written in C++. At this time, it only emulates a very small subset of 3DS hardware, and therefore is only useful for booting/debugging very simple homebrew demos. Citra is licensed under the GPLv2. Refer to the license.
      • FreeProprietary
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      Snes9x EX is an SNES/Super Famicom emulator written in C++ for Android, iOS, WebOS and Linux. It uses the emulation backend from Snes9x and is built on top of the Imagine engine.
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      • FreeProprietary
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      PSX is an emulator of the PlayStation video game console for x86-based PC hardware. It is Windows and Linux compatible. The original game CDs can be used to play the games. ISO files are also supported. Graphics quality may be dependent on the power of the hardware.

      Discontinued

      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 1.13, released on February 2008, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine.

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      • FreeOpen Source
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      A Nintendo DS emulator with support for commercial games.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      Yabause is a Sega Saturn emulator under the GNU GPL. It currently runs on FreeBSD, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Dreamcast, PSP and Wii. Yabause supports booting games using Saturn cds or iso files.
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      • FreeOpen Source
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      • 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.
      • FreeOpen Source
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      Gens is a Win9x based emulator for the SEGA Genesis/Mega-Drive/Sega-CD/ Mega-CD/32X systems, it allows you to play games developed for these classic SEGA 16bit game consoles on your x86 compatible PC.
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    1. Gens/GS is a version of Gens maintained by GerbilSoft. The main goal of Gens/GS is to clean up the source code and combine features from various forks of Gens, as well as improving portability to other platforms.

      Discontinued

      last version: r7: February 23, 2010

      • Free PersonalProprietary
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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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      JPCSP is an open source PlayStation Portable emulator for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X written in Java.
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