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

Last Updated on April 22, 2022

Survey of available emulators

All of the 21 emulators are released under an open source license with the exception of Z64K and BeebEm which are freeware. It’s therefore unsurprising that there aren’t packages for these two emulators in Raspbian.

As the table below illustrates, the Raspbian repositories provide convenient packages for only 6 out of the 21 referenced home computer emulators. Most of the programs emulating esoteric home computers sadly aren’t catered for.

For software without packages, you’ll need to compile the software for yourself, unless the developer of the software offers a binary compatible with the RPI4. I covered compiling ZEsarUX on Page 3 of this blog article, although the developer does support the RPI4. And even where there is a package in Raspbian, some of them aren’t the latest version. You may therefore still want to compile the software for yourself.

Z64K is written in the Java programming language. You won’t need to compile this program. Instead, download the jar file, and start the emulator with:

$ java -jar Z64K.jar
Home ComputersEmulatesVersion in RepositoryCurrent release
ZEsarUXSinclair (including ZX Spectrum)Not present *8.1 b2
Hatari Atari ST/TT/Falcon2.
Clock Signal8 and 16-bit platformsNot present2020-01-16
VICECommodoreNot present3.4
FuseZX Spectrum1.
MAMEArcade game systems0.2060.217
Caprice32Amstrad CPCNot present4.2.0
Z64KCommodore 64/128, Atari 2600Not present1.2.4
Atari800Atari 8-bitNot present4.2.0
B-emBBC MicroNot presentIntegra B
XRoarDragon / CoCoNot present0.35.4
Atari++EmulatorAtari 8-bitNot present1.81
ARAnyMAtari ST/TT/Falcon1.
BeebEmBBC MicroNot present0.6-1
xapple2Apple II+ and //eNot present0.7.4
plus4emuCommodore 264 familyNot present1.2.9.1
ArcEmAcorn ArchimedesNot present1.50.2
FBZXZX SpectrumNot present4.0.0
SimCoupeSAM CoupéNot present1.0

* Version 8.0 is available from the project’s GitHub repository.

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.