Stella a cross-platform and open source Atari 2600 emulator


Emulators allow you to enjoy all kinds of old games and specific all from the comfort of your system, without having to make extra connections or add hardware to your computer for it.

For example, you can play Nintendo 64, Nintendo Wii, Game Cube and Sega games on Linux with the correct emulator. Thanks to emulation, you can enjoy all your favorite old games with the controller of your choice.

Stella is a cross-platform Atari 2600 emulator Developed under the GNU GPL license, it is written in the C ++ programming language.

Stella was originally developed for Linux by Bradford W. Mott. After the launch of the original version, over time multiple people from all over the world have joined Stella's development team, with which, thanks to this, the emulator was adapting it to other operating systems such as AcornOS, AmigaOS, DOS, FreeBSD, IRIX, Linux, OS / 2, MacOS, Unix, and Windows.

The Stella emulator has a unique graphical user interface and that it is completely independent of a desktop environment and above all very simple to use.

Stella us allows you to configure the settings video, audio, input, modify game properties, configure a joystick or controller, modify keyboard actions, configuration paths, audit ROMs, as well as enter cheat codes and view system logs.

Stella's main characteristics.

Other functions that the emulator offers us are the following:

  • Emulation of the controls (joysticks) of the Atari 2600 by means of the keyboard or computer controls.
  • Atari 2600 keyboard emulation via keyboard.
  • Emulation of an Atari 2600 gamepad using the mouse.
  • Support for Atari 2600 controls using the Stelladaptor
  • Emulation of driving controls by means of the keyboard or computer controls.
  • Emulation of the «CBS Booster-Grip» controls by means of the keyboard or computer controls.
  • Cartridge support using the Atari standard in 2K and 4K formats.
  • Support for NTSC, PAL and PAL60 television standards.

How to install Atari Stella emulator on Linux?

The emulator can be found directly within the official repositories of the different distros.

Stella a cross-platform and open source Atari 2600 emulator

For, install the emulator on Debian, Ubuntu and derivatives, we must open a terminal and execute the following command in it:

sudo apt install stella

In the case of Arch Linux and derivatives, on a terminal we execute:

sudo pacman -S stella

In the case of Fedora and derivatives we can install the emulator with the following command:

sudo dnf instalar stella

En openSUSE we can install the emulator through OBS. Just click the button «click install»Next to your version of SUSE.

As well we can use the installers that offer us from your official website, for this we only have to download the installer to our system and type of architecture.

If you do not know what architecture your system has, you just have to execute the following command:

uname -m

And with this you will know if your system is 32 or 64 bits.

For Debian, Ubuntu and derivatives we can install the deb package with the following command:

sudo dpkg -i stella*.deb

If we have a conflict with the dependencies we execute the following command:

sudo apt-get install -f

Whereas, for Fedora, openSUSE, CentOS and derivatives we install the rpm package with the following command:

sudo rpm -i stella*.rpm

How to uninstall Stella emulator from Linux?

If for some reason you want to uninstall the emulator from your computer, You must execute the following commands depending on the distribution you have.

Debian, Ubuntu and derivatives:

sudo apt-get remove stella*

Fedora, openSUSE, CentOS and derivatives:

sudo rpm -i stella.rpm

En Arch Linux and derivatives:

sudo pacman -Rs stella

If you know of any other emulator similar to Stella or different for Atari, do not hesitate to share it with us in the comments, in the same way if you want us to talk about another emulator, be sure to let us know.

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