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Emulation is nothing new. Websites have made Emulators widely available for free for years now. However, what has changed are the emulators themselves. In the past, setting up a successful emulator has been tricky business, requiring terminal commands and permissions -altering procedures in order to get any worthwhile results.

Introducing the (WIP) best Mac emulators and tools that you can get your hands on.


Emulation is no longer hard to accomplish, even if you are new to Mac OS X.

VICE is a program that runs on a Mac OS X machine and executes programs intended for the old 8-bit computers.

The current version emulates the C64, the C64DTV, the C128, the VIC20, almost all PET models, the PLUS4 and the CBM-II (aka C610).

VirtualC64 emulates a Commodore 64 personal computer.

An emulator that can be used as a demonstrator program with integrated various debugging capabilities that let you peek inside the CPU, RAM, ROM, or one of the custom chips.

vAmiga is open-source emulator for the Commodore Amiga Line.

vAmiga emulates a Commodore Amiga 500, 1000 or 2000 on your Mac. Development begun in January 2019 and the emulator is currently in beta testing. Bug reports on GitHub are greatly appreciated.

Denise is a cycle accurate and platform independant c64 / amiga (not yet) emulator.

Denise supports REU, EasyFlash, Retro Replay, Action Replay, Light Guns/Pens, GunStick, Mouse 1351, Mouse Neos, Paddles.
I have added runAhead, PAL and CRT emulation, drag'n'drop and command line support.

Frodo was developed to reproduce Commodore 64 video with a higher degree of precision than existing emulators at the time.

It has now been superceded by projects such as Power64, but nevertheless still provides a solid and functional emulation.

Aimed to become the most accurate C64 Emulator. a High-End Computer is strongly recommended.

Mcro64 has two different VIC II emulation modes (both are half-cycle exact), single pixel dot clock exact, and dynamic pixel block-wise.

FS-UAE uses the latest Amiga emulation code from WinUAE.

Features emulation of Amiga machines, perfectly smooth scrolling on 50Hz displays, support for floppy images in ADF and IPF formats, CD-ROM images in ISO or BIN/CUE format.

E-UAE is based on the work of dozens of contributors.

E-UAE is open-source software and is made available under the terms of the GNU GPL. It attempts to bring many of the great features of WinUAE to non-Windows platforms.


If you're feeling nostalgic for some games, you don't need to fork over big bucks or install any emulators.

VirtualC64Web emulates a Commodore 64 personal computer.

The core emulator is designed to be compatible with WebAssembly and can now run in your browser.

Online emulators for old consoles.

Play your favourite retro computer/console games online for free, without the pain of installing a software.

C64 javascript emulates a Commodore 64 personal computer.

This JavaScript Emulator is a cross-compile of the original C++ C64 Emulator. So jump in and play the fantastic C64 games in your browser

Online emulators for old games.

Internet Archive has added to its section dedicated to historical computer emulators and old systems The ‘Commodore 64 online emulator

Examples of emulators, compiled to WebAssembly

A Toolbox of 8-bit chip-emulators, helper code and complete embeddable system emulators.

Versatile VICE Commodore Emulator for JavaScript

A JavaScript port of VICE 2.4 using Emscripten.

"I'm looking for a simple and good Commodore 64 emulator for MAC, mainly to play games. Any suggestions?"

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  • POWER64 (
    Power64 is an emulator for the Commodore C64. It allows you to run your favourite C64 software on your Apple Macintosh (with PowerPC or intel-CPU (with Rosetta)) at full speed with smooth graphics and great sound.
  • POWER20 (
    Power20 is an emulator for the Commodore VIC-20. It allows you to run your favorite VIC-20 software on your Apple Macintosh (with PowerPC or intel-CPU (with Rosetta)) at full speed with smooth graphics and great sound.
  • PLUS4EMU (
    Plus4emu is an open source, portable emulator of the Commodore 264 family of computers (C16, C116, and Plus/4). It implements accurate, high quality hardware emulation, however, the system requirements are higher than that of most other emulators.

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