Duckstation Alternatives

Similar projects and alternatives to duckstation

  • GitHub repo pcsx2

    PCSX2 - The Playstation 2 Emulator

  • GitHub repo bsnes-hd

    bsnes fork that adds HD video features

  • GitHub repo yuzu

    Nintendo Switch Emulator

  • GitHub repo dolphin

    Dolphin is a GameCube / Wii emulator, allowing you to play games for these two platforms on PC with improvements.

  • GitHub repo ppsspp

    A PSP emulator for Android, Windows, Mac and Linux, written in C++. Want to contribute? Join us on Discord at or just send pull requests / issues. For discussion use the forums on

  • GitHub repo ScpToolkit

    Windows Driver and XInput Wrapper for Sony DualShock 3/4 Controllers

  • GitHub repo visualboyadvance-m

    The continuing development of the legendary VBA gameboy advance emulator.

  • GitHub repo Cxbx-Reloaded

    Xbox (Original) Emulator

  • GitHub repo winevdm

    16-bit Windows (Windows 1.x, 2.x, 3.0, 3.1, etc.) on 64-bit Windows

  • GitHub repo WidescreenFixesPack

    Widescreen fixes for old games

  • GitHub repo cen64

    Cycle-Accurate Nintendo 64 Emulator

  • GitHub repo gbe-plus

    DMG/GBC/GBA emulator and experimental NDS emulator.

  • GitHub repo NanoBoyAdvance

    A highly accurate Nintendo Game Boy Advance emulator. (by fleroviux)

  • GitHub repo puNES

    Nintendo Entertaiment System emulator and NSF/NSFe Music Player (Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Windows)

  • GitHub repo DaedalusX64-3DS

    Port of DaedalusX64 to the Nintendo 3DS

  • GitHub repo jpcsp

    Jpcsp - PSP Emulator written in Java

  • GitHub repo sm64_3ds

    3DS fork of sm64-port

  • GitHub repo mupen64plus-libretro-nx

    Improved mupen64plus libretro core reimplementation

  • GitHub repo USBqemu-wheel

    PCSX2 usb plugin for wheels and increasingly more stuff

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts. Hence, a higher number means a better duckstation alternative or higher similarity.


Posts where duckstation has been mentioned. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects - the last one was on 2021-06-29.
  • PS3 controller won't bind both analog and d-pad on Duckstation | 2021-07-24
    Download padtest ( and drop it in your games directory (it will be scanned), or open the file, and use it to test your bindings.
  • Unknown opcode 0000E1EC at 0000010C for ePSXe 2.0 | 2021-07-22
  • Retro game emulation anyone?
  • Epsxe quicksave crash error | 2021-07-11
    Use DuckStation. ePSXe is outdated.
  • So it’s legal for me to emulate games I own right? All I have to do is to download the emulator and the games themselveson my computer? Is it easy enough to set up nowadays?
  • DuckStation lightgun settings in RetroArch | 2021-06-20
    I opened an issue about this (+ other light gun related stuff) a few weeks ago:
  • Emulator Compiling Instructions for dummies like me! | 2021-06-11
    1. brew install cmake sdl2 qt5 (from terminal if you have homebrew installed) 2. git clone -b dev 3. cd duckstation 4. git clone dep/mac 5. cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DQt5_DIR=/opt/homebrew/Cellar/[email protected]/5.15.2/lib/cmake/Qt5 . 6. make -j8 7. cd bin 8. codesign --force --deep -s -
  • Failed to acquire host display
    In theory the software renderer should still work, but would need a log file to say more:
  • Duckstation got an update
    Does anyone know why the Android version has been removed from github?
  • Visual Boy Advance-M led to bluescreen; is it the specs or site I got it from?
  • Ace Combat 3 cutscenes laggy in ePSXe emulator | 2021-05-26
    Other users have also recommended DuckStation but I don't have experience with it:
  • Question about Duckstation core in Retropie? | 2021-05-22
    Don't use swanstation, it is several months out of date, and the "maintainers" are selling duckstation code against my wishes. The official duckstation libretro core can be downloaded here:
  • PSX Emulation
    ePSXe is outdated as fuck, use duckstation instead. When choosing an emulator please refer to this thread in the future before posting.
  • RetroArch 1.9.3 released! | 2021-05-17
    DuckStation has an upstream libretro core again, BTW. You can download it from the github releases page under Assets: | 2021-05-17
    Other platforms. See


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stenzek/duckstation is an open source project licensed under GNU General Public License v3.0 only which is an OSI approved license.