Stella
Stella
6.2.1

4.8

Stella free download for Mac

Stella6.2.1

23 June 2020

Atari 2600 game emulator.

Overview

Stella is a multi-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Stella was originally developed for Linux by Bradford W. Mott, however, since its original release several people have joined the development team to port Stella to other operating systems such as OS X, AcornOS, AmigaOS, DOS, FreeBSD, IRIX, Linux, OS/2, and Unix. The development team is working hard to perfect the emulator and we hope you enjoy our effort.

Oh, for those of you too young to remember, the Atari 2600 Video Computer System (VCS), introduced in 1977, was the most popular home video game system of the early 1980's. Now you can enjoy all of your favorite Atari 2600 games on your Mac thanks to Stella!

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

What's new in Stella

Version 6.2.1:
  • Fixed Pitfall II ROM not working correctly.
  • Fixed crashes when using some combinations of bankswitching schemes on incorrect ROMs, or when using invalid ROM file sizes, etc.
  • Fixed RIOT timer behaviour on reading/writing at the wraparound cycle.
  • Fixed incorrectly setting D6 bit on TIA reads in some cases. Related to this, improve 'tiadriven' option to randomize only D5..D0 bits.
  • Fixed custom palette and TV effects adjustable slider rounding issue.
  • Fixed some bugs in 3E+ scheme when using non-standard ROM sizes.
  • Fixed crash in Audio & Video dialog when opened from debugger, and the debugger window sometimes being resized when using the Options dialog.
  • Make NTSC custom phase shift not affect Yellow anymore.
  • Fixed '1x' snapshot mode; TV effects are now disabled. This mode now generates a clean, pixel-exact image.
  • Fixed mappings sometimes not being saved in the Retron77 port.
  • A ROM properties file may now be placed next to the ROM (with the same name as the ROM, except ending in .pro), and Stella will automatically apply the properties to the ROM. [NOTE: this was present in 6.2, but was mistakenly left out of the changelog]
  • Added button to Game Info dialog to save properties of the currently loaded ROM to a separate properties file (in the default save directory). This is useful in conjunction with the previous item.
  • Allow changing custom palette and TV effects adjustables in 1% steps again.
  • Updated documentation for changes in ROM properties key names.
  • The codebase now compiles under gcc6 again. Future versions will require gcc7, though.

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How would you rate Stella app?

16 Reviews of Stella

5
cookinglizard
12 February 2018
Version: 5.1

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Remember you were a kid once? Now I do! Thank you soooo much!!!
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4.5
emerywehitney
25 February 2018
Version: 5.1.1
love this app
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5
cookinglizard
12 February 2018
Version: 5.1
Remember you were a kid once? Now I do! Thank you soooo much!!!
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5
Cjbolland
31 October 2015
Version: 4.6.7
Awful graphics, awful sound, awful controls, ... I LIKE IT ! :-) Best 2600 emulator
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Fredducker
04 August 2015
Version: 4.6.1
Can I find documentation somewhere on how to use it? I have ROMs in .bin, .stx, .tap, .cas, .atr, .cpgz, .st formats and only the .bin can be recognized? Is that normal? And at first the .bin ROMs appeared in the "browse" window of Stella, now they are all gone but they still are in the folder? Would lvoe some help figuring it out :)
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5
Jason-Milles-76
02 June 2012
Version: 3.7
Nostalgia all the way. A must have for every dedicated 'old-school' gamer (read: +40 year old kids) ;-)
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Endie
31 December 2011
Version: 3.5
It's not listed here but still available for Tiger/PPC: http://sourceforge.net/projects/stella/files/stella/3.5/Stella-3.5-macosx.dmg/download Great nostalgic fun!
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5
fran-6
08 September 2010
Version: 3.2.1
If you are nostalgic, you have owned or always dreamed about owning an Atari 2600 and in the mood of playing some old games that have made history, well look no further since you won't find any better emulator than Stella.
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Gitte79
22 April 2010
Version: 3.1
Maybe not right place but where canI find the roms?
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5
Bdkennedy1
22 April 2010
Version: 3.1
A free Atari 2600 emulator that runs the games perfectly. Written with love and much appreciated. Thank you!
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Danielhart
25 March 2006
Version: 2.0
It unexpectadly quits everytime I open it, anyone know a way to fix it? I'm on an iMac 10.1.3 OS X
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Anonymous
17 October 2005
Version: 2.0
Works great. The new interface also shows the complete titles of all ROMs -- much easier than guessing from filenames like before. It also remembers the default ROM directory, where in the past you had to locate it manually. Thanks to the developer (and all emu developers) who let us keep playing these classic games.
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Marcel
21 February 2005
Version: 1.4.2
Sorry, but it's crashing all the time you are trying to open a rom-file. Only know the old OS 9 version, which was working perfectly with all my roms. With this OS X version I can't open any of these files... :( Any ideas for a solution (maybe a tool to validate corrupted roms or something like this)?
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Anonymous
21 February 2005
Version: 1.4.2
Roms aren't pointed to by the developers site for a reason. It would be illegal. The original copyright holders have the ability to sue the emulator writer, if he is distributing roms. I'm sorry your teenage mind can't comprehend the concept of Intellectual Property Rights, but the emulator authors are simply trying to avoid swarms of lawyers. And by the way, the last poster was right......Do a google search on "Atari 2600 Roms" and see what you find. Your simple mind might be amazed....and it doesn't even require an FU.....
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Anonymous
21 February 2005
Version: 1.4.2
Thanks for the great little app! I was playing Frogger within minutes! I feel sorry for those who are all pissed about not being able to find ROMs... Atari ROMs are like the easiest ones to find on the net, I found the entire collection right away. It's called the "internet" - try it sometime. ;-P
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Anonymous
20 February 2005
Version: 1.4.2
how do you use this thing, it just opens and blue screen openes and closes, where do i get atari games?
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5
Ian Lueck
05 April 2003
Version: 1.2
Excellent Atari emulator that runs just about any game you throw at it, plus it fixes the bug from Stella 1.1.2 where it wouldn't run in OS 9. The only request: A full screen mode. Otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing.
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