Raspberry Pi 4: Chronicling the Desktop Experience – Emulate Home Computers – Week 15

Last Updated on April 22, 2022


Hatari is an Atari ST, STE, TT and Falcon emulator. The Atari ST was a 16/32-bit computer system, first released by Atari in 1985. Using the Motorola 68000 CPU, it was a very popular computer having quite a lot of CPU power compared to its peers.

Hatari supports the emulation of most of the ST and STE hardware, including some special tricks like raster interrupts, border effects and PSG sample sound.

There’s a package for Hatari available in the Raspbian repositories. So installation is trivial. Note, Hatari also needs a TOS image file for running. TOS is the built-in operating system of the Atari 16/32 bit computers.

The TOS is copyrighted and cannot be distributed by Raspbian. If you have an original Atari ST, you can make an image file from its TOS ROMs. If you don’t own the original hardware, you can download EmuTOS, a TOS compatible operating system that’s free and open source. EmuTOS supports Atari machines, but it’s not as compatible as the TOS operating system.

Here’s an image of the emulator running EmuTOS on the RPI4. I used EmuTOS for my testing.

Hatari - EmuTOS

I tried a number of Atari ST titles on Hatari. Reproduction of the games was faithful. Most games made little demand on the RPI’s CPU, typically using less than 50% of 1 CPU core. I did experience a few issues with sound. Audio playback wasn’t perfect, but more than satisfactory. Something I’ll need to investigate further. Overall, emulation is very good.

RPI4 - Hatari- Out Run

Next page: Page 5 – Survey of Home Emulators on the RPI4

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction
Page 2 – FS-UAE
Page 3 – ZEsarUX
Page 4 – Hatari
Page 5 – Survey of Home Emulators on the RPI4

Read all my blog posts about the RPI4.

Raspberry Pi 4 Blog
Week 36Manage your personal collections on the RPI4
Week 35Survey of terminal emulators
Week 34Search the desktop with the latest version of Recoll
Week 33Personal Information Managers on the RPI4
Week 32Keep a diary with the RPI4
Week 31Process complex mathematical functions, plot 2D and 3D graphs with calculators
Week 30Internet radio on this tiny computer. A detailed survey of open source software
Week 29Professionally manage your photo collection with digiKam
Week 28Typeset beautifully with LyX
Week 27Software that teaches young people how to learn basic computing skills and beyond
Week 26Firefox revisited - Raspbian now offers a real alternative to Chromium
Week 25Turn the Raspberry Pi 4 into a low power writing machine
Week 24Keep the kids learning and having fun
Week 23Lots of choices to view images
Week 22Listening to podcasts on the RPI4
Week 21File management on the RPI4
Week 20Open Broadcaster Software (OBS Studio) on the RPI4
Week 19Keep up-to-date with these news aggregators
Week 18Web Browsers Again: Firefox
Week 17Retro gaming on the RPI4
Week 16Screen capturing with the RPI4
Week 15Emulate the Amiga, ZX Spectrum, and the Atari ST on the RPI4
Week 14Choose the right model of the RPI4 for your desktop needs
Week 13Using the RPI4 as a screencaster
Week 12Have fun reading comics on the RPI4 with YACReader, MComix, and more
Week 11Turn the RPI4 into a complete home theater
Week 10Watching locally stored video with VLC, OMXPlayer, and others
Week 9PDF viewing on the RPI4
Week 8Access the RPI4 remotely running GUI apps
Week 7e-book tools are put under the microscope
Week 6The office suite is the archetypal business software. LibreOffice is tested
Week 5Managing your email box with the RPI4
Week 4Web surfing on the RPI4 looking at Chromium, Vivaldi, Firefox, and Midori
Week 3Video streaming with Chromium & omxplayerGUI as well as streamlink
Week 2A survey of open source music players on the RPI4 including Tauon Music Box
Week 1An introduction to the world of the RPI4 looking at musikcube and PiPackages

This blog is written on the RPI4.

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Zeeshan Hasan
Zeeshan Hasan
4 years ago

Is it possible to play the old Star Raiders Atari game on RPi4?

3 years ago

Thank you for a great series of posts and a good trinity of emulators! I own a RPi 3 but it’s not beefy enough for FS-UAE. This sounds interesting because it’s my Amiga emulator of choice when WinUAE is not an option, simply due to how mature it is and how well it emulates.

Mark Routledge
Mark Routledge
3 years ago

Not a single mention of Retroarch? I know that RetroPie is massive, but not everyone wants multiple distros. I run RetroArch (installed similarly to Kodi infact) and on top emulation station, which performs admirably. FS-UAE runs nicely to.