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We use special emulators that support tools such as savestates and frame advance, and generate movie files from them. These movie files are nothing more than a recording of input. They do not contain images or video. All movie format specifications can be found here.
The list is separated into preferred, accepted, and unaccepted emulators. If you wish to make a movie for submission, you should additionally read the MovieRules.
For a comprehensive list of supported platforms and their emulators, see the Platforms page.

Emulator overview

See also: OtherEmulators.

Supported Operating Systems

Tell us if one of the entries is wrong or if you can resolve one of the "Unknown" ones to a "Yes" or "No". If in doubt, just test it yourself.
EmulatorWindowsLinuxMac OS X
BizHawkYesYes (with Mono)[4]Yes (1.x; with Mono)[5]
CitraYesYesYes
Dega (altered versions)YesYesUnknown
DeSmuMEYesYes (with Wine)[6]Unknown[6]
DolphinYesYesYes
DSDA-DoomYesYesYes
FCE UltraYesUnknownUnknown
FCEUXYesYesYes
FinalBurnAlphaYesYes (with Wine)Unknown
GensYesYes (with Wine)[7]Unknown
Hourglass[1]YesNoNo
libTAS[1]Yes (with WSL2)YesNo
lsnesYesYesYes
Mednafen-rrYesYesUnknown
Mupen64-rrYesYes (with Wine)Unknown
openMSXYesYesYes
PcejinYesUnknownUnknown
PCSXYesUnknownUnknown
PSXjinYesUnknownUnknown
Snes9xYesYesYes
VisualBoyAdvanceYesYes (with Wine)Unknown
VBjinYesUnknownUnknown
YabauseYesUnknownUnknown

Explanation

Using Emulators

Development

Accuracy tests


[1] Technically speaking, Hourglass and libTAS are not emulators. They are API translation layers between the game and the operating system.
[2] Dolphin versions prior to 4.0-3595 are deprecated and will not be accepted in the future.
[3] Sega Saturn movies in BizHawk must use 2.0 or a higher version of the emulator. Older versions are not accepted.
[4] Most features and cores work, a notable omission being Mupen64Plus (N64). See BizHawk issue #1430 for a more detailed breakdown.
[6] Some tools may not work or look garbled (e.g. Memory viewer) and various (minor or major) bugs may occur. There are native versions, but those don't seem to have rerecording. Alternatively, a Windows virtual machine may be used (though it runs rather slow).
[7] AVI capture may be dysfunctional.
[8]: Mednafen-rr supports all flavors of TurboGrafx/PC-Engine, including CD-ROM, as well as Atari Lynx, Neo Geo Pocket/Color, and WonderSwan/Color. It also supports PC-FX, but only for the Linux version.
TODO: Standardise movie format pages

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EmulatorResources last edited by feos on 10/19/2023 4:08 PM
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