Emulators on BSD

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BSD
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Type Operating Systems
Discontinued [N 1]
Earliest release BSD 1978
FreeBSD 1993
OpenBSD 1996
NetBSD 1993
Latest release BSD 4.4-Lite2 (1995)
FreeBSD 14.0
OpenBSD 7.4
NetBSD 9.3
Successor FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD.
Other BSD descendants
This page is about software on BSD Variants that emulates other hardware, like video game consoles.
For software that can run BSD variants on other Operating Systems, see Hypervisors.

BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) was originally developed by the University of California, Berkeley where the Berkeley in BSD comes from. there are many BSD descendents. such as the ones focused here, FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD. And ones not focused here due to due to BSD's permissive licensing. BSD code has been used in macOS, PS3, PS4, PS5 and the Nintendo Switch.

Before diving in;
  • This list is currently taken from console specific pages. If you want to add to this list test emulators work on BSD (FreeBSD, OpenBSD, etc.) and add them to this list and add BSD to the console specific list of supported platforms. Some emulators that target Linux might have community made instructions/ports for some variants of BSD. Like Linux, Windows programs might run under Wine on FreeBSD. FreeBSD has the widest support for emulation software currently, because of this fact this article has a bias towards FreeBSD. See this page for recommended specifications.
  • See each Wiki Category Consoles, Computers and Arcade for individual dedicated system pages to see more detailed comparisons and information about software emulators. Dedicated system pages provide more up-to-date listings and in-depth information on specific aspects like hardware features, peripheral support, and compatibility etc.
  • Some games have Game engine recreations and source ports that run on BSD, which can be the better than emulators for their specific games.

Contents

Atari[edit]

Atari 8-bit family[edit]

Name Latest version Models XEGS libretro Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Atari800 5.2.0 400, 800, XL, XE Cycle
Atari++ 1.84 400, 800, XL, XE Cycle
MAME 0.266 Good: 400, 800
Basic: XL, XE
? ~

Atari ST[edit]

Name Latest version libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
Hatari 2.5.0
ARAnyM git
Steem Engine 3.2
PCE/atarist pce-20191006 ?
CaSTaway 0.9.2

Atari 2600[edit]

Name Latest version libretro Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Stella 6.7.1 Cycle
MAME 0.266 Cycle
z26 4.07 High ~
CLK 2024-06-03 Mid
Stellarator git ?

Atari 5200[edit]

Name Latest version libretro Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Atari800 5.2.0 Cycle
kat5200 0.8.1 ?
MAME 0.266 Mid
Jum52 git ?

Atari 7800[edit]

Name Latest version libretro Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME 0.266 High
A7800 5.2 High
ProSystem git (libretro) ? [N 2]

Atari Jaguar[edit]

Name Latest version AJ-CD libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME 0.266 ~

Atari Lynx[edit]

Name Latest version libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
Mednafen 1.32.1
MAME 0.266

Nintendo[edit]

Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Name Latest version FDS libretro Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Mesen 2.0.0 (preview) Cycle
Nestopia UE 1.52.1 Cycle
puNES 0.111 Cycle
FinalBurn Neo WIP builds ?
iNES 6.1 High ?
FCEUX 2.6.6 Mid
MAME 0.266 Mid
QuickNES git (libretro) ? Low

Super Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Name Version Satellaview libretro Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
bsnes
(Official)
v115 Cycle
bsnes-hd
(forked bsnes)
beta 10.6 Cycle
higan (火眼) v110 Cycle
Snes9x 1.62.3 High [N 3] ~
Mednafen (SNES-Faust) 1.32.1 ?
nSide (forked higan) git Cycle
Mednafen (bsnes v059) 1.32.1 High
MAME 0.266 Low
CATSFC 1.36 Low

Nintendo 64[edit]

Name Latest version Plugins Controller Pak Rumble Pak Transfer Pak 64DD libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
Mupen64Plus git ~
MAME 0.266

GameCube / Wii / Triforce[edit]

Name Latest version GameCube Wii Triforce libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
Dolphin Dev ~[N 4] [N 5]

Nintendo DS[edit]

Name Latest version DSi libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
melonDS 0.9.5
Dev Builds
~

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Name Latest version Game Link Support e-Reader libretro Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
mGBA 0.10.3 Mid
higan (火眼) v110 ?
VBA-M 2.1.9 Mid

Virtual Boy[edit]

Name Latest version libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
Mednafen 1.32.1
Rustual Boy git ~
MAME 0.266
Planet Virtual Boy emulator 2019-03-27
Red Dragon 0.38 Final

Game Boy / Game Boy Color[edit]

Name Latest version Game Link Support libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
SameBoy 0.16.6 [N 6]
Gearboy 3.5.0
MAME 0.266 ~
Emulicious 2024-05-31 ~

Game & Watch[edit]

Name Latest version libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME 0.266
DSP 0.23WIP1

Sega[edit]

SG-1000[edit]

Name Latest version SC-3000 SF-7000 libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
MasterGear 4.9.3
MAME 0.266
Genesis Plus GX[N 7] 1.7.5 RC1 ~
higan (火眼) v110 ~ ~
Gearsystem 3.5.0
blueMSX 2.8.2
MEKA 0.8-alpha (2023-08-26)
DarcNES 9b0401/9b0313 ~
CoolCV 0.6.9

Master System / Game Gear[edit]

Name Latest version GG libretro Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Genesis Plus GX[N 7] 1.7.5 RC1 Very high
MAME 0.266 High
Emulicious 2024-05-31 Very high ~
higan (火眼) v110 High ~
Phoenix 2.8.JAG Very high ~
Gearsystem 3.5.0 High
MasterGear 4.9.3 High
PicoDrive 1.93 [N 8] Mid

Genesis / MegaDrive / CD / 32X[edit]

Name Latest version CD 32X Pico libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
Genesis Plus GX[N 7] 1.7.5 RC1
PicoDrive 1.93
MAME 0.266
Gens/GS r7
DGen 1.33
GENS 2.14
higan (火眼) v110 ~ (bsnes)

Saturn / ST-V[edit]

Name Latest version ST-V libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
Mednafen 1.32.1
Yabause 0.9.15
MAME 0.266

Dreamcast / Naomi[edit]

Name Latest version Naomi Atomiswave Windows CE libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME 0.266 ~ ~

Sega VMU[edit]

Name Latest version libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
SoftVMS 1.10 (source only) ? ~
MAME 0.266

NEC[edit]

NEC PC-6000[edit]

Emulator Latest Version libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
PC6001VX 4.2.6
MAME 0.266

NEC PC-8800[edit]

Emulator Latest Version libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
XM8 1.70
MAME 0.266 ~[N 9]
QUASI88
quasi88_libretro
libretro core
0.6.4
~[N 10] ~
X88000 1.5.3

NEC PC-9800[edit]

Name Latest version libretro Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Neko Project II kai (猫Project II改) git High ~
Neko Project II 0.86 Mid ?
MAME 0.266 Low ~

PC Engine / PC Engine CD / SuperGrafx[edit]

Name Latest version PCE-CD SuperGrafx libretro Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Mednafen (PCE-Accurate) 1.32.1 High
MAME 0.266 High
Mednafen (PCE-Fast) 1.32.1 Mid
higan (火眼) v110 ~ ? ~
DarcNES 9b0401/9b0313 ~ Low ?

PC-FX[edit]

Name Latest version GA libretro Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
Mednafen 1.32.1 TBD Mid-High
MAME 0.266 ~ Mid
MagicEngine-FX 1.1.1 TBD Low

Sony[edit]

PlayStation[edit]

Name Version Plugins FLOSS libretro RIR Accuracy Active Recommended
Mednafen 1.32.1 High
PCSX-Redux git ? (WIP)
MAME 0.266 Mid (WIP)

Pocket Station[edit]

Name Latest version libretro Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME 0.266 High

PlayStation Portable[edit]

Name Latest version libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
PPSSPP 1.17.1

Microsoft[edit]

MSX series[edit]

Name Latest version MSX 1 MSX 2 MSX 2+ TurboR Accuracy libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
openMSX git Cycle
blueMSX 2.8.2 Cycle
MAME 0.266 ~ High
fMSX 6.0 Mid ~
DarcNES 9b0401/9b0313 ~ Low

Apple[edit]

Apple I[edit]

Name Latest version FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME 0.266 ~

Apple II Line[edit]

Name Latest version ][ ][+ //e IIc //e Enhanced //e Platinum IIc Plus IIGS FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME 0.266
MicroM8 Continuous
Mednafen 1.32.1 ✗ (WIP)
DarcNES 9b0401/9b0313

Apple /// Line[edit]

Name Latest version /// /// Revised /// Plus FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME 0.266

Apple IIGS[edit]

Name Latest version FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME 0.266

Apple Lisa[edit]

Name Latest version FLOSS Active Recommended
LisaEm 1.2.7 ~*
MAME 0.266

Macintosh line[edit]

Name Latest version FLOSS Active Recommended
68k
vMac 0.19

SNK Corporation[edit]

Neo Geo and variants[edit]

Name Latest version NG NG-CD HNG-64 libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME 0.266 ~ [N 11]

Neo Geo Pocket[edit]

Name Latest version NGP NGPC libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
Mednafen 1.32.1
MAME 0.266
higan (火眼) v110

Commodore[edit]

Commodore 64 & 128[edit]

Name Latest version libretro Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
VICE (x64sc) 3.8 Very high
VICE (x64) 3.8[N 12] High ~
MAME 0.266 Mid

Commodore 65[edit]

Name Latest version libretro Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME 0.266 Low

Amiga Line[edit]

Name Latest version libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
FS-UAE 3.0.5
MAME 0.266
CLK 2024-06-03

x86 CPUs[edit]

Name Latest version 8086*¹ 286 386*² 486*³ Pentium*⁴ Pentium II*⁵ Celeron*⁶ libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
DOSBox 0.74-3
SVN
Bochs 2.8
MAME 0.266 ~ ~ ~
QEMU 9.0.0 [N 13]

Sinclair[edit]

ZX81[edit]

Name Latest version libretro FLOSS Relative Speed[N 14] Active Recommended
ZEsarUX 11.0 110.9%
SZ81
(xz80 & z81 based)
2.1.7
2.3.10 (Unofficial)
100.0% ~
MAME 0.266 ? Not tested

ZX Spectrum[edit]

Name Latest Version Libretro Core FLOSS Active Recommended
FUSE 1.5.7
Speccy 5.9
ZEsarUX 11.0
Xpeccy 0.6.20231226 ?
DSP git ?
fbzx git
JSpeccy git ?
MAME 0.266

Acorn Computers[edit]

BBC Micro/BBC Master[edit]

Name Latest version BBC Micro BBC Master FLOSS Active Recommended
BeebEM git B, B+, M128
B-em 2.2, git A, B, B+, M128, MC MT, M512
B2 git B, B+, M128 ?

Electron[edit]

Name Latest version FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME 0.266
CLK git
eek git
ElectrEm 0.6c ?
ElkJS git ?
Elkulator git

Multi (Atom, Micro, Electron)[edit]

Name Latest version Atom BBC Micro BBC Master Electron FLOSS Recommended
MAME 0.266 A, B, B+, M128 ?

Archimedes[edit]

Name Latest version FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME 0.266
ArcEm 1.50

Risc PC / A7000[edit]

Name Latest version FLOSS Active Recommended
RPCEmu 0.9.4
MAME 0.266

Miscellaneous[edit]

Panasonic (3DO)[edit]

Name Latest version Libretro Retro achievements FLOSS Active Recommended
4DO 1.3.2.4
Opera libretro core
MAME 0.266

Phillips (CD-i)[edit]

Name Latest Version DVC libretro Retro
Achievements
FLOSS Active Recommended
Same CDi
same_cdi_libretro
libretro core *
MAME 0.266 *

GamePark Holdings[edit]

GP32[edit]

Name Latest version FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME 0.266 ~

GP2X[edit]

THERE ARE NO EMULATORS FOR THIS PLATFORM.

IBM[edit]

System 370/390/z[edit]

Name Latest version libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
Hercules 3.07

Notes[edit]

  1. The Original BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) was discontinued in 1995 but still has active descendents
  2. Main branch is dead, but the libretro core is still alive.
  3. Due to using a non-commercial license. Source code is still publicly available.
  4. Requires the Triforce branch to work. It is very old and unsupported.
  5. At Alpha release and has bugs that are not present on standalone Dolphin.
  6. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Only available on PC as a libretro core (e.g. RetroArch).
  7. The Game Gear emulation doesn't work.
  8. As of Version 0.251, NEC PC-8801MA, NEC PC-8801MH, and NEC PC-8801mkIISR, and the clones: NEC PC-8801FA, NEC PC-8801MA2, NEC PC-8801mkIIFR and NEC PC-8801mkIIMR have been promoted to working status and is considered playable
  9. Only libretro core is still active.
  10. As 0.153 (2014), 0.139 (2010), 0.78 (2003)
  11. Source only, pass '--enable-x64' to configure
  12. Supports the Conroe model.
  13. As calculated by Carlo Delhez's clkfreq, originally distributed with his XTender emulator. The ZX81 has relatively complicated timing mechanics, depending on signalling of WAIT during NMI; relative speed is a measurement of how closely an emulator matches a real machine in terms of clock cycles spent processing within a frame. 100.0% denotes the same execution speed as a real machine.