A graphical and themeable emulator front-end that allows you to access all your favorite games in one place, even without a keyboard!


Don't like the look? An extensive theming system allows you to tweak how each individual screen looks to your heart's content.

Want to use an emulator we haven't thought of yet? EmulationStation can work with virtually any program, even things that aren't games!

Open Source

Is an important feature missing? Not satisfied with something? If you've got the time and expertise, you can help make EmulationStation better for everyone.

Want to help, but not sure where to start? Check out the GitHub issue tracker.

RPi Support

Written in C++, EmulationStation performs well even on low-powered devices like the famous mini-computer Raspberry Pi.

EmulationStation is the front-end of the popular RetroPie Project, which comes pre-configured with emulators for over 30 different platforms.

Works with any controller

EmulationStation provides an interface that is usable with any 4-button controller, set up from within the program itself.

* Emulators themselves must be configured separately...for now.

Controller Config
  • Theming System
  • Theming List

Give each system the look it deserves with the custom theming system

EmulationStation includes a custom theming system that gives you control over how each screen looks on a per-system basis, from the system select screen to the game list.

Don't like our style? Try another set, or make your own!

Easily download game box art with the built-in metadata scraper

Download the full name, description, box art, rating, release date, developer, publisher, genre, and number of players for every game in your library with the press of a button.



You can download an installer below.

The installer will install a pre-compiled
EmulationStation executable and a set of themes.

Or, you can build EmulationStation yourself!

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Installer ZIP File

(last updated 3/8/15)

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi

SD Card Image   Manual Build

(last updated up to RetroPie)



DEB (x86)   DEB (x64)

(last updated 3/8/15)



Get on AUR

(last updated never)

Remember, you need to configure EmulationStation to use your emulators!

You can read more about how to do that on the Getting Started page.

We want your feedback!

Feedback is always welcome. EmulationStation is built by the community, for the community. Don't hesitate to send us an email or post in the forum.