Emulators for iOS!

Including the working cores and all the required files to not boot to a black screen or a crash (because of a missing BIOS file)… 😄

If you're jailbroken, just add my repo to Cydia by clicking this link on your jailbroken device, (this link for Sileo) or by adding this source to Cydia: http://johan.margueritte.free.fr/repo

RetroArch 1.7.8 — The official reference frontend for the libretro API
Updated with a new French translation (by me!) and complete international support!

I couldn’t compile the latest versions of some cores, so older ones were used in this case…

Install :

To install on a non-jailbroken device, use Cydia Impactor (http://www.cydiaimpactor.com), you may have to re-install the .ipa every week if using a free account, or every year if using a paid developer account…

To install on a jailbroken device, just add my repo to Cydia by clicking this link on your jailbroken device, (this link for Sileo) or by adding this source to Cydia: http://johan.margueritte.free.fr/repo
Or you can unzip the “.ipa” file (rename to “.zip”), and install to “/Applications” via SFTP or Filza — then type “uicache” via SSH…

ROMs :

You can use an app like iExplorer (or iFunBox) to add ROMs to the app (Or Filza if you’re jailbroken)…

I’ve included the ROMs for Cave Story (NXEngine), DOOM (PrBoom), Out Run (Cannonball) and Rick Dangerous (xrick) inside the “ROMs” folder, you can use that folder as the Start folder, and add or remove contents to it directly…

Optional Cores Install :
(Optional cores for systems already having better cores in the original package)

To install the optional cores inside the app just using Cydia Impactor, you can unzip the ipa (rename it to .zip), inside the “.app” is a “modules” folder, just add the cores to this folder…

After that just make a zip of “Payload” and “BundleMetadata.plist” with your cores included, and rename it “RetroArch 1.7.7.ipa”!

If you’re jailbroken, just add them via SFTP inside the “modules” folder in “RetroArch.app”…

Included cores:

  • 4do (3DO)
  • 81 (Sinclair ZX 81)
  • 2048 (2048 game)
  • atari800 (Atari 5200)
  • bluemsx (MSX/SVI/ColecoVision/SG-1000)
  • bsnes_hd (Super NES)
  • bsnes_mercury_performance (Super NES)
  • cannonball (Out Run engine)
  • cap32 (Amstrad CPC)
  • chailove (LÖVE 2D Framework)
  • craft/em> (Minecraft engine)
  • daphne/em> (Arcade)
  • desmume (Nintendo DS)
  • dinothawr (Block pushing puzzle game)
  • dosbox (MS-DOS)
  • easyrpg (EasyRPG/Player)
  • fbneo (Arcade)
  • fceumm (NES)
  • ffmpeg (Video/music player)
  • freechaf (Fairchild ChannelF)
  • freeintv (Intellivision)
  • fuse (Sinclair ZX Spectrum)
  • gambatte (Game Boy)
  • genesis_plus_gx (Sega 8/16 bit)
  • gme (Game Music Emu)
  • gw (Game & Watch)
  • handy (Atari Lynx)
  • hatari (Atari ST/STE/TT/Falcon)
  • lutro (lua game framework)
  • mame (Arcade)
  • mame2003_plus (Arcade)
  • mednafen_ngp (NeoGeo Pocket)
  • mednafen_pcfx (PC-FX)
  • mednafen_psx (Playstation)
  • mednafen_saturn (Saturn)
  • mednafen_supergrafx (PC Engine/Turbografx/CD)
  • mednafen_vb (Virtual Boy)
  • mednafen_wswan (WonderSwan)
  • mesen (NES)
  • mgba (Game Boy Advance)
  • mrboom (Bomberman clone)
  • mu (Palm OS)
  • nestopia (NES)
  • np2kai (PC-98)
  • nxengine (Cave Story engine)
  • o2em (Odyssey 2/VideoPac)
  • parallel_n64 (Nintendo 64)
  • pcsx_rearmed_interpreter (Playstation)
  • picodrive (SEGA Mega Drive/Genesis/Master System/32x/CD)
  • play (Playstation 2)
  • pocketcdg (Karaoke player)
  • pokemini (Pokémon-Mini)
  • prboom (DOOM engine)
  • prosystem (Atari 7800)
  • puae (Commodore Amiga)
  • px68k (SHARP X68000)
  • quasi88 (PC-8801)
  • reminiscence (Flashback engine)
  • sameboy (Game Boy)
  • scummvm (Point&click engine)
  • snes9x (Super NES)
  • squirreljme (Java ME)
  • stella (Atari 2600)
  • stonesoup (Roguelike game)
  • tgbdual (Game Boy 2 players)
  • theodore (Thomson MO/TO)
  • tyrquake (Quake engine)
  • uzem (Uzebox)
  • vecx (Vectrex)
  • vice_x64 (Commodore 64)
  • vice_x128 (Commodore 128)
  • vice_xplus4 (Commodore Plus4)
  • vice_xvic (Commodore VIC-20)
  • virtualjaguar (Atari Jaguar)
  • xrick (Rick Dangerous engine)
  • yabause (Saturn)

Optional cores:

  • bsnes_accuracy (Super NES)
  • bsnes_balanced (Super NES)
  • bsnes_cplusplus98 (Super NES)
  • bsnes_mercury_accuracy (Super NES)
  • bsnes_mercury_balanced (Super NES)
  • bsnes_performance (Super NES)
  • crocods (Amstrad CPC)
  • fbalpha2012_cps1 (Arcade)
  • fbalpha2012_cps2 (Arcade)
  • fbalpha2012_cps3 (Arcade)
  • fbalpha2012 (Arcade)
  • fbalpha2012_neogeo (Arcade)
  • fmsx (MSX)
  • gearboy (Game Boy)
  • gearsystem (SEGA Master System/Game Gear)
  • gpsp (Game Boy Advance)
  • mame2000 (Arcade)
  • mame2003 (Arcade)
  • mame2010 (Arcade)
  • mednafen_gba (Game Boy Advance)
  • mednafen_lynx (Atari Lynx)
  • mednafen_pce_fast (PC Engine/Turbografx/CD)
  • mednafen_snes (Super NES)
  • melonds (Nintendo DS)
  • mesen-s (Super NES)
  • meteor (Game Boy Advance)
  • nekop2 (PC-98)
  • pcsx_rearmed (Playstation)
  • quicknes (NES)
  • snes9x2002 (Super NES)
  • snes9x2005 (Super NES)
  • snes9x2010 (Super NES)
  • stella2014 (Super NES)
  • test (Test)
  • vba_next (Game Boy Advance)
  • vbam (Game Boy Advance)

Cores included have support for:


  • 3DO,
  • Atari 2600,
  • Atari 7800,
  • Atari Jaguar,
  • Atari Lynx,
  • Bandai WonderSwan,
  • ColecoVision,
  • Fairchild ChannelF,
  • Game & Watch,
  • Mattel Intellivision,
  • NEC PC Engine/Turbografx/CD,
  • NEC PC-FX,
  • Nintendo 64,
  • Nintendo DS,
  • Nintendo Game Boy,
  • Nintendo Game Boy 2 players,
  • Nintendo Game Boy Advance,
  • Nintendo NES,
  • Nintendo Super NES,
  • Nintendo Virtual Boy,
  • Pokémon-Mini,
  • SEGA 32x,
  • SEGA CD,
  • SEGA Game Gear,
  • SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive,
  • SEGA Master System,
  • SEGA Saturn,
  • SEGA SG-1000/SC-3000/SF-7000,
  • Sony Playstation,
  • Sony Playstation 2,
  • SNK NeoGeo Pocket,
  • Vectrex


  • Amstrad CPC,
  • Atari ST/STE/TT/Falcon,
  • Commodore Amiga,
  • Commodore 64,
  • Commodore 128,
  • Commodore Plus4,
  • Commodore VIC-20,
  • MS-DOS,
  • MSX,
  • NEC PC-8801,
  • NEC PC-98,
  • Odyssey 2/VideoPac,
  • Palm OS,
  • SHARP X68000,
  • Sinclair ZX 81,
  • Sinclair ZX Spectrum,
  • Spectravideo 318/328 (SVI),
  • Thomson MO/TO


  • FinalBurn Neo,
  • M.A.M.E 2003

Game Engines:

  • Cave Story engine,
  • DOOM engine,
  • EasyRPG/Player,
  • Flashback engine,
  • Java ME,
  • LÖVE 2D Framework,
  • lua game framework,
  • Minecraft engine,
  • Out Run engine,
  • Quake engine,
  • Rick Dangerous engine,
  • Uzebox


  • 2048 game,
  • Block pushing puzzle game,
  • Bomberman clone,
  • Roguelike game


  • Game Music Emu,
  • Karaoke player,
  • Video/music player


I also compiled/linked some complementary emulators, as their RetroArch core counterparts are currently broken on iOS 11 (and added some retro Mac emulators in the mix…)

Provenance 1.5b9 (2602) — A multi-system emulator frontend for iOS and tvOS
N64 emulator core included

Now updated to the latest version, N64 is running even smoother now…

PPSSPP 1.8.0 (609) — Can run your PSP games on your PC in full HD resolution, and play them on iOS too
PSP emulator

On a non-jailbroken device, use CPU core : Interpreter (Settings -> Tools -> Developer tools -> CPU core)...

Updated to the latest version, including WIP external display support! Including the optional extracted font from a real PSP...

YabaSanshiro (uoYabause) 1.8.1 — An unofficial port of Yabause SEGA Saturn emulator
SEGA Saturn emulator

Ads removed in this version!

ScummVM 2.1.0 — Allows you to run certain classic graphical point-and-click adventure games
Point & Click games engine

Included is the arrows on the keyboard fix, and the mt32 emulator which seems to work fine on iOS now…

iOS keyboard lacks arrow keys, which are used for some games… The fix remaps these to unused symbols ( ] = Up, \ = Down, _ = Left and | = Right) — this makes games such as SQ2 playable!

iDOS 2 1.4.1 — A DOS emulator based on dosbox, also known as DOSPad
PC DOS emulator

It’s a new version including fixes for the layout on the iPad Pro and iPhone X

Mini vMac 2.3 — A miniature early Macintosh emulator
Mac 68k emulator (Mac OS 1.1 - 7.5.5)

BasiliskII 10/01/2018 — An Open Source 68k Macintosh emulator
Mac 68k emulator (Mac OS 7.0 - 8.1)

New version with a fix for iOS 12

Everything on this list is already code-signed so you don’t have to worry about signing again if you’re jailbroken… If not, Cydia Impactor will re-sign everything for you!