OpenEmu
OpenEmu
2.1.1

4.6

OpenEmu free download for Mac

OpenEmu

2.1.1
03 November 2019

Open Source game-emulation app (beta).

Overview

OpenEmu is about to change the world of video game emulation, one console at a time... For the first time, the 'It just works' philosophy now extends to open source video game emulation on the Mac. With OpenEmu, it is extremely easy to add, browse, organize and with a compatible gamepad, play those favorite games (ROMs) you already own.

Features
  • Library - One of the standout features of OpenEmu is how it organizes all your games into one unique, unified games library. Watch as backups of the games (ROMs) you already own are gracefully added to their appropriate library and box art is magically added. You can even create your own 'collections' mix and matched from different consoles.
  • Controls and Controllers - Any generic HID compliant USB or Bluetooth game controller should work with OpenEmu out of the box. OpenEmu now automatically maps controls for the following recognized devices in our database:
    • PlayStation Dualshock 3 and Dualshock 4
    • Wiimote and Wii U Pro
    • Xbox 360 and 3rd party (driver required)
    • Sega Saturn USB
    • PS3 Neo Geo Pad USB
    • Logitech series (Dual Action, Rumblepad 2, Gamepad F310/F510/F710)
    • Gravis GamePad Pro
    • Retrolink SNES and N64
    • RetroUSB SNES RetroPort and RetroPad
    • Retrode (SNES)
  • Cores - OpenEmu is modular, and thanks to the work of other great open source projects, it can emulate a wide variety of video game systems (we call them 'cores'). Currently, the following open source emulation projects are used to power OpenEmu:
    • CrabEmu
    • DeSmuME
    • FCEU
    • Gambatte
    • Genesis Plus GX
    • Higan
    • Mednafen
    • NeoPop
    • Nestopia
    • Picodrive
    • Snes9x
    • TwoMbit
    • VisualBoyAdvance

What's new in OpenEmu

Version 2.1.1:
  • Fixed audio not working for Bluetooth and other secondary audio output devices
  • Fixed newly imported Sega Saturn games crashing when loading on macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • Saturn games imported using OpenEmu 2.1, as well as N64 and Sega/Mega CD, MUST be reimported to fully resolve the crash
  • Fixed toggling Display Mode screen options for NDS games
  • Fixed a rare crash when starting games in a fullscreen popout window
  • Fixed a rare crash when quitting gameplay
  • Fixed a rare case where a compressed ROM might not reimport
  • Updated XADMaster framework

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Invalid
25 December 2013

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Probably the only emulator that doesn't work on Snow Leopard. No thanks.
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Version 1.0
ylluminate
23 March 2017
Best of class, by far. Just wish MAME was a key feature. Some work, but the MAME world is flaky at best: http://choccyhobnob.com/articles/demystifying-mame-roms/ Author should lock into a version and focus on it for testing with community.
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Version 2.0.5
1 answer(s)
Janichsan
Janichsan
24 March 2017
The Experimental version of OpenEmu has MAME support, which by and large even works very well.

The main problems I see there is a lack of support for analog controllers, which makes many games unplayable. (Unfortunately, the developers seem to be a bit stubborn when asked about adding analog controller support to the MAME core, so I wouldn't expect it to be added any time soon, if at all.)
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BenjaminW
12 July 2016
Nice emu frontend. But I cannot get Mame roms to work. Pity. If anyone can give me some pointers how to get this up and running would be awesome.
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Version 2.0.2
1 answer(s)
poetcsw-1
poetcsw-1
16 August 2016
You have to use the nightly build to play MAME games in experimental mode. The standard 2.x branch doesn't include MAME in the active emulators.
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Mysticalos
03 July 2016
2.0.2 is unstable. Crashes every time I open preferences. :\

Got stable after leaving it open for a while before going right into preferences. Crash was tied to opening them while it was updating all the cores or something.
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Version 2.0.2
richb1993
28 February 2015
A good attempt at consolidating all emulators into one app. The database functionality is excellent. But many of the emulator settings are hidden away which makes playing some games that require tweaking difficult. Beautifully polished and excellent for a free app, but still needs work. Definitely worth looking into however.
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Version 1.0.4
anonymous-dingo-1058
08 November 2014
Good idea to have the most of the emulators under the same app, but the ROM organization is very limited, there is no way to put the roms under sub-folders (nder the each machine's folder). They also could support the MESS too
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Version 1.0.4
1 answer(s)
David-Brailsford
David-Brailsford
01 April 2016
there is these days using collections
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Mysticalos
31 May 2014
Every update is progress, but still unusable as it still won't open compressed rom files other emulators can. My entire genesis collection is in .bin compression format and openemu can't even touch those. It shows games in library but they don't even remotely open. Same problem with GBA. Most of those roms it won't even show in library at all. Again those roms work perfectly in any bannister emulator just fine. It seems a lot more work really needs to be done to ensure this emulator can recognize compressed roms or roms with or without headers.
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Version 1.0.3
2 answer(s)
Mitchismo
Mitchismo
01 June 2014
Either expand them or rename them. With .bin, all you have to do is rename them to .smc. Also, you can get help on their IRC channel almost anytime you need it. The forums are active. Tru uncompressing your library. They won't take up much more space. Then make sure the extension is appropriate. Regarding headers and proper romsets, Bannister's projects work great but haven't been kept current. Romset compatibility changes with the emulators themselves, not just the front end. Make sure, also, you have the right core installed. Otherwise, errors are in the console. A little data massaging with an expansion tool or file-renaming tool and you'll be good to go. For Genesis and GBA, it will even grab most of the artwork.
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David-Brailsford
David-Brailsford
01 April 2016
bins work in the current version
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Mysticalos
31 May 2014
Does 1.0.3 fix ability to read several rom formats it didn't recognize before? I still have large rom collections it doesn't recognize. Roms can be sort of a mess. compressed, uncompressed. Header, no header. However, my rom collection are all uniform. I ram them all through program to ensure they are all the same. However several systems are hit or miss for me still. Roms that open fine in any other emulator. :\
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Version 1.0.3
Mitchismo
31 May 2014
Emulation reinvented! Not only an amazing front-end, but it can automatically download all of the engines as well. Looks great, plays great, catalogs great. For a retro-game-collector/librarian, this is where it ends. Valhalla. :-)
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Version 1.0.3
Kripton
06 April 2014
I was looking for an emulator for GBA, then I found OpenEMU. It's wonderful! It works very well for me, finally I'm able to play some rom for gba, moreover I see there are the emulators for many other consoles too. So far it's stable and I never got an error (I use mavericks). Also the gui is well designed, both the main window and the preferences.
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Version 1.0.2
LVDA
16 January 2014
I can't play any game. Nothing happen when click to play.
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Version 1.0.1
2 answer(s)
Greedyfranky
Greedyfranky
07 March 2014
Maybe do some research how emulators work. And search for roms.
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David-Brailsford
David-Brailsford
01 April 2016
did you drag any rooms in?
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