Atari Emulators

This is a list of all currently available free or shareware Atari emulators that I could find. Most emulate Atari machines on other platforms, but a couple emulate other machines on Atari computers.

I have not used most of these emulators and have had to go by other's opinions, the emulator web sites, or press releases. If you have any corrections or additions to this list of emulators, please let me know. If you maintain any of these emulators, please contact me about being placed on your release notification list.

NameVersion EmulatesRuns onDescription/Comments
ARAnyM (Atari Running on Any Machine) v0.9.9Atari STGNU/Linux OSX Win32 If you found ARAnyM crashing previously when moving windows around or doing any other activity where VDI had to blit screen areas then please upgrade to this version ASAP. We’ve added a workaround for a serious bug in the libSDL that was causing these weird ARAnyM crashes.
Atari++1.56Atari 400 800 400XL 800XL 130XE 5200Unix Linux Irix Solaris Windows The Atari++ Emulator is a Unix based emulator of the Atari eight bit computers, namely the Atari 400 and 800, the Atari 400XL, 800XL and 130XE, and the Atari 5200 game console. The emulator is auto-configurable and will compile on a variety of systems (Linux, Solaris, Irix). Note new homepage URL. Atari++ For Windows
Atari8002.0.2Atari 400 800 600XL 800XL 130XE 5200 Debian DOS Win WinCE MacOSX/PPC TOS BeOS OS/2 Amiga Atari800 is an Atari 800, 800XL, 130XE and 5200 emulator for Unix, Amiga, MS-DOS, Atari TT/Falcon, SDL and WinCE. Our main objective is to create a freely distributable portable emulator (i.e. with source code available).
NameVersionEmulates Runs onDescription/Comments
Atari800MacX4.0.1Atari 800 800XL 130XE 320XE 5200Mac OS X Atari800MacX 4.0.1 now supports VAPI and PRO images, Copy and Paste from the emulator, Configuration files, a new Hard Disk emulation scheme, as well as other enhancements and bug fixes.
Atari800PSP2.0.3.2Atari 800 800XL 130XE 5200PSP Uberjack has released a new version of his Atari 800, 800XL, 130XE and 5200 emulator for PlayStation Portable.
Atari800Win Plus4.0Atari 800 800XL 130XE 320XE 5200Win9X/NT/2000 Jaskier/Taquart has just finished and published the final version of our beloved emulator Atari800WinPLus - version 4.0. This is the final of my year's work on perfectioning the emulator - as the author says.
NameVersion EmulatesRuns onDescription/Comments
AtaWiiBeta 1.0Atari STWii Based on the well-used Atari ST emulator CaSTaway, its Nintendo Wii port recently got an updated release. Coded by developer NoNameNo, the new beta build of AtaWii finally adds Wiimote support to its list of features.
CaSTaway/GP16.1Atari STGP32 My tribute back to the days of old is porting the keen Castaway Atari ST emulator to the GP32. The port is actually of CastCE (for the Pocket PC :), and has turned out *very* well if I do say so myself. Really shows off what the GP32 can accomplish. -- Jeff
DreamCaSTawayRC4 fix1Atari STDreamcast Windows Linux DCaSTaway is the result of the effort done to bring to DC this excellent Atari ST emulator in 3 flavours, Dreamcast, Windows and GNU/Linux.
NameVersion EmulatesRuns onDescription/Comments
EMU78000.71Atari 2600 7800PC .NET an Atari 7800 emulator implemented using Microsoft's .NET platform. Most VCS (2600) and ProSystem (7800) titles work well, with 2600 support featuring authentic HMOVE emulation, per Andrew Tower's paper "A Small Opus on the TIA."
EmuTOS0.8.4TOS replacementAtari ST Falcon EmuTOS version 0.8.4 has been released. EmuTOS is an open source replacement of the original TOS, and can be used with almost all available Atari ST emulators.
GP2X-26001.0.32600GP2X GP2X-2600 is a port on GP2X of my previous port to PSP. My PSP version is based on the work of Aenea who was the first to port Stella to PSP, and David Voswinkel who's now in charge of the PSP port in Stella team.
NameVersion EmulatesRuns onDescription/Comments
GP2X-78001.0.32600GP2X ProSystem is the best emulator of Atari 7800 game console, running on Windows system. Here is a port on GP2X of the version 1.2 that I had previously ported to PSP.
Handy0.95Atari LynxWin32 "Handy" is an Atari Lynx Emulator for Windows 95/98/NT/2000. Handy was the original name of the Lynx project that was started at Epyx and then finished by Atari.
HandyPSPv0.95.1Atari LynxPSP Uberjack has shared the initial release of Handy PSP, an Atari Lynx emulator for PlayStation Portable. It's written in C and C++, and uses GU (Graphical Utility toolkit) for rendering.
NameVersion EmulatesRuns onDescription/Comments
Handy/SDLv0.5Atari LynxWin Linux Be sure to check the options list by running handy_sdl! The number of options and additions are huge :)
Hatari1.3.1Atari ST STE TT FalconPC Hatari version 1.3.1 has been released. This is just a bug-fix release. The GEMDOS hard-disk emulation now works together with ACSI hard disk images again and the memory dump and disassembly in the python user interface has been fixed.
JStella0.8Atari 2600Java Virtual Machine JStella is a Java-based Atari 2600 VCS emulator. This release has arbitrarily been designated a beta release. Please report any bugs.
NameVersion EmulatesRuns onDescription/Comments
Jum52 v0.8 MC0.8aAtari 5200PS2 Atari 5200 emulator (Jum52) is available as a 32-bit MSDOS application, or a Windows application (tested on Windows 98, 2000 and XP). There are also Mac, BeOS, QNX and Playstation 2 ports, and a DC port is (was?) in development.
kat52000.2.3Atari 5200Windows and Linux (i386) kat5200 is an emulator for the Atari 5200 Super System. It currently runs on Windows and Linux (i386).
MESS0.112400/800/XL 2600 5200 7800 JaguarPC Unix Amiga Updated yet again, and probably once more by the time you read this.
NameVersionEmulates Runs onDescription/Comments
MSX Emulator0.10bMSXAtari ST This emulator, which is written in GFA basic(!) emulates all aspects of the MSX-1 series: the processor (the Z80), the graphical processor (VDP), etc. It even emulates the cassette-device. Also implemented is some MSX-2 functionality (some graphical modi, some I/O) and a little of the MSX Turbo-R things. Do not really expect something blazingly fast; it emulates the MSX at aprox. 1% (when running on a original Atari ST running at 8MHz).
NoSTalgia1.42Atari STMacOS NoSTalgia is an Atari ST emulator for Power Macintosh (Mac OS 8.x, 9.X and Mac OS X).
PC Atari Emulator (PCAE)2.2Atari 2600MS-DOS The PC Atari Emulator, or PCAE, is an MS-DOS program designed to emulate the famous Atari 2600 Video Computer System on PC's compatible with the Intel 80486 CPU or better. It accomplishes this with an emulation engine that is written almost entirely in assembly language, with extra features written in Borland Pascal 7.0 for DOS.
NameVersionEmulates Runs onDescription/Comments
PLynx: Lynx Emulator for PSP0.9Atari LynxPSP PLynx is a new PSP port of the excellent Windows Handy Lynx emulator.
Project Tempest0.95Atari JaguarWin 9x/2000/XP It runs in Windows 9x/2000/XP and currently emulates many commercial games, some even with sound. However, you need a quite fast computer to run it at full speed. A 2+ GHz processor is needed to run the games with sound.
ProSystem emulator1.0Atari 7800Windows The ProSystem emulator was written in the C/C++ language and uses the Windows API and DirectX to help emulate the display, sound and input. It emulates both the NTSC and PAL consoles.
NameVersionEmulates Runs onDescription/Comments
PSP26001.1.4Atari 2600PSP A minor update has been dropped in the form of v1.1.4, but it being "minor" doesn't mean it won't be carrying as much coolness as possible.
PSP78001.2.0Atari 7800PSP Zx-81 has released the latest version of his PSP-based Atari 7800 emulator. Rumored to be the last version, but then, which version wasn't?
PSPAtari1.1.1Atari 800 130 5200PSP PSP emulator of Atari800, 800 XL, 130 XE, and 5200 series. PSPAtari is actually a port on the PSP version 2.0.2 of Atari800 from Petr Stehlik. What's new in version 1.1.1:
  • All render modes use GU (smooth mode)
  • Add fit height render mode (for zektor)
  • Analog pad can now be used in the file requester
  • Can now be compiled under Linux for Linux (useful for dev/debug)
  • Tried to put the new pikey functions, but it is too slow to be usable on a PSP
NameVersionEmulates Runs onDescription/Comments
PVCS 26001.3Atari 2600Playstation2 PVCS is a port of virtualVCS by Dan Boris and Alex Hornbey's code from Virtual VCS. Both PVCS and Virtual VCS sources are available under the GNU license.
Rainbow w/ Emulator Enhancer1.5.5Atari 8-Bit/5200Mac OS X 10.2+ 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.
Saint2.00Atari STPC SainT is a Windows based cycle accurate ATARI-ST emulator, written by James Boulton and Arnaud Carré. Many new features.
NameVersionEmulates Runs onDescription/Comments
Steem3.2Atari STWin32 Steem is a Freeware Atari STE emulator for Windows and Linux. It is being updated regularly and runs almost every ST program ever made without any problems. Steem is designed to be easy to use and has many unique features. Whether you want to run great old games, use MIDI apps just like you did on the ST or you have some other, more sinister motive, Steem is the emulator for you!
Stella3.02600Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Stella is a multi-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator. It allows you to play all of your favorite Atari 2600 games again! Stella was originally developed for Linux by Bradford W. Mott, and is currently maintained by Stephen Anthony.
Stella DSv0.712600Nintendo DS The Chuckster has released a much needed update to StellaDS - an Atari 2600 emulator. The new build includes support for all the latest flash carts, faster speed as well as compatibility with sound!
NameVersion EmulatesRuns onDescription/Comments
STYXDS0.1aAtari STNintendo DS STYXDS is an Atari ST emulator programmed by Kyuran, the author of Croco DS and PenkoDS. The very first release 0.1a is able to run most games at 60% speed allowing you to enjoy Xenon 2, Rick Dangerous, David Braben's Virus and many more...
VCS32 for GP320.1Atari 2600GP32 VCS32 is an Atari 2600 emulator for the GP32 handheld console. It's a porting of Daniel Boris' Virtual VCS emulator and it can currently run a good amount of roms. VCS32 is released under the GPL.
Virtual Jaguar GCC/SDL1.0.7JaguarWindows MacOSX Virtual Jaguar GCC/SDL portable Jaguar emulator which is based on the source code released by David Raingeard (Cal2) of what used to be Potato Emulation.
NameVersion EmulatesRuns onDescription/Comments
Virtual Super System0.82Atari 5200DOS VSS is an Atari 5200 Super System emulator for MSDOS. The current version runs about 95% of the ROM images I have almost flawlessly, and at a reasonable speed.
WinSTon0.5Atari STWindows WinSTon is an Atari ST emulator running under Windows. Many programs and games are emulated very well but especially demos still behave strangely.
z262.13Atari 2600Win DOS Linux NetBSD An Atari 2600 Emulator by John Saeger. z26 is released subject to the terms and conditions of the GNU General Public License Version 2 (GPL).
NameVersionEmulates Runs onDescription/Comments
This page last updated on Oct 02, 2009 by Troy H. Cheek
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