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Icon Arnold 1.7.9

Amstrad CPC/CPC+ Emulator
Arnold is an extremely precise Amstrad CPC/CPC+ emulator, which can run just about all software available for what was without question the best home computer available in Europe in the 1980s.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Ported by Richard Bannister
  • Modification Date: March 10, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 726 Kb

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Icon Atari800MacX 5.0.1

This is the the Macintosh OSX Port of David Firth's Fantastic Atari 800 Emulator. Ported is the SDL version of the Atrari800 emulator to Mac OSX, and added a full native Cocoa interface, including Preferences, Menus, File Associations, Help and more.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Mark Grebe
  • Modification Date: January 19, 2019
  • Requirements: macOS 10.12 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 21.8 MB

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Icon Basilisk II 1.0 (2019-05-04)

Basilisk II is an open source emulator of 68xxx-based Macintosh computers for Windows, OS X and Linux. With Basilisk II, one can boot Mac OS versions 7.x through 8.1. Ports of Basilisk II are available for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and a number of lesser known systems. Users require a Macintosh ROM image and a copy of Mac OS to use with the emulator.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Ported by Christian Bauer et al
  • Modification Date: May 4, 2019
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 5.7 MB

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Icon Boycott Advance 0.4.1

Boycott Advance can run the majority of existing Gameboy Advance software to some degree. High quality sound emulation is supported, with many games sounding as good, if not better, than they do on the real hardware. Having said that, Boycott Advance is not a substitute for the real hardware. If you want to play Gameboy Advance games, then buy a real Gameboy Advance. A number of hardware devices exist for backing up original Gameboy Advance titles for use on Boycott Advance. These include the Flash Advance Linker and the XGFlash.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Ported by Richard Bannister
  • Modification Date: March 10, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 465 Kb

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Icon BSNES 0.6.9

BSNES has a somewhat different purpose to most emulators; it focuses on accuracy over performance. To that end, it does not include any game specific hacks, or idle-loop skipping optimizations commonly found in other emulators. To add to the fun, it uses a cycle accurate hardware emulation. The net result of all this is the highest system requirements of any software I've released to date; those without a G5 class machine need not apply. If you meet the requirements, however, this is the most accurate SNES emulation available on the Macintosh platform.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Ported by Richard Bannister
  • Modification Date: March 9, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 1.6 MB

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Icon DeSmuME 0.9.11

Nintendo DS Emulator.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: DeSmuME Team
  • Modification Date: April 7, 2015
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher - 64-bit

Download Universal Binary File Size: 1.5 MB

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Icon Dolphin 5.0

Dolphin is an emulator for two recent Nintendo video game consoles: the GameCube and the Wii. It allows PC gamers to enjoy games for these two consoles in full HD (1080p) with several enhancements: compatibility with all PC controllers, turbo speed, networked multiplayer, and even more!
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Dolphin Team
  • Modification Date: Current
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.10 or higher - 64-bit - The Development versions are the better choice with macOS 10.13 and higher

Download Mac File Size: ~17 MB - Development versions are released every time a developer makes a change to Dolphin, several times every day!

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Icon DOSBox 0.74-3

A port of DOSBox, an engine for playing classic and forgotten games for DOS on modern systems.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: DOSBox Team
  • Modification Date: June 27, 2019
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 4.2 MB

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Icon Emulator Enhancer 3.0.1

The Emulator Enhancer plugin adds a number of additional features to many of the emulators available from this site (bannister.org). These include:
USB Gamepad and Joystick support
Aspect ratio correction
Bilinear Filtering
Full screen mode
Network game play (preliminary)
Screen Curvature
VBL Synchronised Video
Full instructions on how to use the library can be found in the download package.
  • License: Shareware, $30
  • Developer/Publisher: Richard Bannister
  • Modification Date: March 30, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 589 Kb

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Icon Erockus Arcade 6.6

Erockus ARCADE is an interface app for SDLMAME.
Erockus ARCADE does not actually play games.
Erockus Arcade is designed to simplify the use of SDLMAME.
Erockus ARCADE is not supported nor endorsed by the people behind SDLMAME.
Erockus ARCADE may not work with all versions of SDLMAME.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Eric Richards
  • Modification Date: August 3, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.10 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 1.4 MB

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Icon Frodo 4.4.1

Frodo is a robust Commodore 64 Emulator for the Macintosh.
Frodo was developed to reproduce the graphics of games and demos with higher precision than the existing C64 emulators. To that end, Frodo can display raster effects correctly that only result in a flickering mess with other emulators. In addition to the precise VIC emulation, Frodo features a processor-level 1541 emulation that is able to handle about 50% of all fast loaders. There is also a faster 1541 emulation for four drives containing .D64, .X64, .T64, or .LYNX files. Sound (SID) emulation is also provided.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Ported by Richard Bannister
  • Modification Date: March 10, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 1.4 MB

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Icon Genesis Plus 1.3.2

Genesis Plus is a Sega Genesis/Megadrive emulator for Mac OS X.
Genesis Plus features very accurate emulation of the original Sega Genesis, even to the point that some software which has problems on the real hardware exhibits the same behaviour under emulation. This emulation comes with accurate sound support, saved states, and saved game support.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Ported by Richard Bannister
  • Modification Date: March 10, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 517 Kb

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Icon Jum52 1.1.1

Atari 5200 Emulator
Jum52 supports reasonable compatibility with Atari 5200 titles. At the present collision detection is a bit hit and miss (no pun intended) but otherwise the emulator is solid enough. High quality sound emulation is provided.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Ported by Richard Bannister
  • Modification Date: March 10, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 391 Kb

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Icon KiGB 2.0.6

KiGB is a Nintendo Gameboy emulator for Mac OS X.
KiGB features detailed and accurate emulation, which brings with it excellent compatibility. Support for both Game Genie and Game Shark codes is included, as well as extremely high fidelity sound support. KiGB can even emulate the Super Gameboy.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Ported by Richard Bannister
  • Modification Date: March 10, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 668 Kb

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Icon Mini vMac 36.04

Mini vMac is an open source emulator of 68000 based Macintosh computers. The project's main goal being an accurate emulation of the Macintosh Plus computer. In addition to the Macintosh Plus, variations of Mini vMac can emulation the Macintosh 128K, 512K, 512Ke, SE and Classic models.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Paul C. Pratt
  • Modification Date: October 7, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 59emu Kb

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Icon Mugrat 0.4.5

For many years now I have been porting emulators by others to Mac OS. Mugrat marks my first attempt at writing one of my own, in this case to emulate the Colecovision.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Richard Bannister
  • Modification Date: March 30, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 409 Kb

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Icon Mupen64Plus 2.5.9

Mupen64Plus is a cross-platform plugin-based N64 emulator which is capable of accurately playing many games. N64 emulator and plugins for Linux, Mac OSX, FreeBSD, and Windows
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Mupen64Plus Team
  • Modification Date: February 10, 2019
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.8 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 2.7 MB

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Icon Nestopia 1.4.2

Nestopia is a Nintendo NES emulator for Mac OS X.
Nestopia is by far the most compatible of any NES emulator for Mac OS X. Using cycle-exact emulation, it is able to run titles that rely on precise timing, and which therefore break under other emulators. It supports five extra sound chips and an astonishing 143 mappers. This accurate emulation comes at a cost; Nestopia requires an 800MHz machine for full speed; but if you have one, this is the best available NES emulation for Mac.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Ported by Richard Bannister
  • Modification Date: March 10, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 1.1 MB

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Icon OpenEmu 2.0.9.1

Retro video game emulation for macOS.
For the first time, the 'It just works' philosophy now extends to open source video game emulation on the Mac. With OpenEmu, it is extremely easy to add, browse, organize and with a compatible gamepad, play those favorite games (ROMs) you already own.
This one does it all and in a well done interface. Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, PlayStaion, Sega Genesis, Atari 2600, Game Boy, PSP etc. and more.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: OpenEmu Team
  • Modification Date: June 22, 2019
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 44 MB - The experimental version supports MAME

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Icon Rainbow 1.5.8

Atari 800 Series Emulator
Rainbow was one of the first emulators available for Macintosh. Despite this, it has fairly good compatibility with original software. The Mac OS X version adds an improved GUI and significantly improved sound to the original version.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Ported by Richard Bannister
  • Modification Date: March 10, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 469 Kb

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Icon ScummVM 2.0.0.1

ScummVM is not an emulator.
ScummVM is a program which allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, provided you already have their data files. The clever part about this: ScummVM just replaces the executables shipped with the game, allowing you to play them on systems for which they were never designed!
ScummVM lets you run these adventures: Adventure Soft's Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2; Revolution's Beneath A Steel Sky, Broken Sword 1 and Broken Sword 2; Flight of the Amazon Queen; Wyrmkeep's Inherit the Earth; Coktel Vision's Gobliiins and games based on LucasArts' SCUMM (Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion) system. SCUMM is used for many games, including Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle, Sam and Max and more. Compatibility with supported games is continually improving, so check back often.
Among the systems on which you can play those games are Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Dreamcast, PocketPC, PalmOS, AmigaOS, BeOS, OS/2, PSP, PS2, SymbianOS/EPOC and many more...
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: The ScummVM Team
  • Modification Date: January 15, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 19.7 MB

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Icon SDLMAME 0.212

Command line Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: @roni
  • Modification Date: August 3, 2019
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.9 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 100.5 MB - SDL Mame 0.212

Download Mac File Size: 5.6 Kb - SDL Runtime Library 2.0.10

Download Mac File Size: 542 Kb - M64 - Application to run SDL MAME without launching the terminal

Tutorial - Running MAME on Mac OS X by Bamf2048

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Icon SheepShaver 2.5 (2019-05-04)

SheepShaver is an Open Source PowerPC MacOS run-time environment. That is, it enables you to run PowerPC Classic MacOS software on your computer, even if you are using a different operating system. However, you still need a copy of MacOS and a PowerMacintosh ROM image to use this program. SheepShaver is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). If you are using a PowerPC-based system, applications will run at native speeds (i.e. without any emulation involved). On other systems, SheepShaver provides the first PowerPC G4 emulator, though without MMU, to enable the execution of MacOS Classic. Performance with the current CPU emulator using basic just-in-time (JIT) translation techniques is roughly 1/8-th of native speeds.
Features
- SheepShaver runs MacOS 7.5.2 thru MacOS 9.0.4
- PowerPC G4 emulation on non-PowerPC platforms, direct execution otherwise
- Basic but portable JIT engine (x86, x86_64, mips)
- Copy and paste of text between MacOS and the host OS
- File exchange with the host OS via a Unix icon on the Mac desktop
- Color video display with support for run-time resolution switching
- Run-time depth switching from 1 bpp to current host depth settings
- Native QuickDraw 2D acceleration for BitBlt and FillRect operations
- CD-quality stereo sound output
- Networking: SheepShaver supports Internet and LAN networking via Ethernet and PPP with all Open Transport compatible MacOS applications
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Gwenole Beauchesne
  • Modification Date: May 5, 2019
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher - 64-bit - If you have an existing SheepShaver setup, you can simply replace the application with the new application

Download Mac File Size: 1.1 MB

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Icon SMS Plus 1.3.4

SMS Plus is a Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear emulator for Mac OS X.
The hardware for the Sega Master System and Game Gear consoles is almost identical from a technical standpoint, which means that when you emulate one, it is trivial to emulate the other. SMS Plus features accurate emulation of both systems, with full sound support. Just like most of the other emulators on this site, it can use GZ compressed ROMs transparently.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Ported by Richard Bannister
  • Modification Date: March 10, 2018
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 551 Kb

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Icon sixtyforce 1.0.4

sixtyforce is an emulator that runs Nintendo 64 games. It does this by dynamically translating the code that a Nintendo 64 uses into something your Mac understands. Nearly every part of a Nintendo 64 has been painstakingly recreated entirely out of software to pull off such an amazing feat. Download sixtyforce and try it yourself!
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Gerrit Goossen
  • Modification Date: June 12, 2019
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.9 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 3.9 MB

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Icon Stella 6.0.1

The Atari 2600 Video Computer System (VCS), introduced in 1977, was the most popular home video game system of the early 1980's. Now you can enjoy all of your favorite Atari 2600 games on your PC thanks to Stella!
Stella is a multi-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Stella was originally developed for Linux by Bradford W. Mott, however, since its original release several people have joined the development team to port Stella to other operating systems such as AcornOS, AmigaOS, DOS, FreeBSD, IRIX, Linux, OS/2, MacOS, Unix, and Windows. The development team is working hard to perfect the emulator and we hope you enjoy our effort.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Stella Team
  • Modification Date: June 6, 2019
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 3.6 MB

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Icon VICE 3.1

VICE is a program that runs on a Unix, MS-DOS, Win32, OS/2, BeOS, QNX 4.x, QNX 6.x, Amiga, Syllable or Mac OS X machine and executes programs intended for the old 8-bit computers. The current version emulates the C64, the C64DTV, the C128, the VIC20, practically all PET models, the PLUS4 and the CBM-II (aka C610/C510). An extra emulator is provided for C64 expanded with the CMD SuperCPU.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: The VICE Team
  • Modification Date: March 30, 2017
  • Requirements: macOS 10.12 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 86.5 MB

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Icon VirtualC64 3.3.2

VirtualC64 emulates a Commodore 64 personal computer on your Macintosh. I started the project in 2006 to create a virtual CPU environment that can be used as a demonstrator program in a first or second year of computer technology. Over the years I have added more and more features and the accuracy of the emulation has steadily increased. Despite one or two compatibility gaps, VirtualC64 is now able to run a large number of C64 programs without errors.
  • License: Freeware
  • Developer/Publisher: Dirk Hoffmann
  • Modification Date: May 25, 2019
  • Requirements: macOS 10.13 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 12.5

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Icon Virtual ][ 9.1.4

Virtual ][ is a program that emulates the vintage Apple ][ computer on your Macintosh.
Key features:
Emulates the Apple ][, ][+ and //e
Supports USB game pad or joystick
Save a machine and resume later on
Full-screen mode
Epson FX-80 emulation
Realistic soundeffects
Virtual ][ lets you play all the old Apple games, because it supports all graphics modes, lets you control the game paddles with a USB game pad or mouse and emulates the internal speaker. When you want to temporarily interrupt gameplay, Virtual ][ allows you to save the entire virtual machine, and continue later on from where you left off.
But Virtual ][ also supports more "serious" software, because it emulates many peripheral devices: floppy disk, hard disk, mouse, matrix printer, even cassette tape! It is also able to emulate the Z80A processor, allowing you to run the CP/M operatng system.
  • License: Shareware, $44
  • Developer/Publisher: Gerard Putter
  • Modification Date: July 29, 2019
  • Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11 or higher - 64-bit

Download Mac File Size: 38.4 MB

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