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Developer(s) Matt Borgerson and contributors
Latest version 0.6.1
Active Yes
Platform(s) Windows
Architecture(s) x86, ARM
Emulates Xbox
Compatibility 60+ % playable
Accuracy Low-level
Website xemu.app
Support ($) Patreon
Programmed in C, C++
License GPLv2 and others
Source code GitHub
BIOS/Keys Required

xemu is a free and open-source low-level Xbox emulator by Matt Borgerson continuing much of the work done on XQEMU. Focuses on stability, performance, and ease of use.


Windows Linux macOS Latest builds

Windows Linux macOS 0.6.1
Source only


xemu is an active fork of the XQEMU project, which is based on the very popular and highly actively maintained QEMU full system emulator project. xemu is an low-level, full-system emulator which emulates the actual hardware of the Xbox.


The announcements thread in the official Discord channel of this xemu emulator (See External Links below) regularly posts updates on progress of user tests and compatibility levels. After more than 60% of the Xbox games catalog were tested most recently as of January 2021, the percentage of those games that are playable or perfect is 30% or over.

Setting Up[edit]

In order to actually run xemu, you must have a copy of the stuff that a real Xbox needs when it turns on, check out the getting started section on the official wiki for instructions.

Unlike all other Xbox emulators (with the exception of XQEMU), xemu will only load games as disk images in the ISO format. Redump ISOs currently must be adjusted slightly using the instructions in the Getting Started guide. Games as extracted folders in the "HDD Ready" format may be converted to ISOs using extract-xiso. It is also possible to install a custom dashboard such as UnleashX that supports installing and loading these games from the emulated hard drive.

External links[edit]