Amiberry is an optimized Amiga emulator, for ARM-based boards (like the Raspberry Pi, ASUS Tinkerboard, Odroid XU4, etc). The core emulation comes from WinUAE, but stripped down somewhat in order to achieve good performance in underpowered boards. It includes JIT CPU and FPU support, to get high-performance results on CPU-intensive emulated environments. On top of that, we have some unique features developed specifically for Amiberry, such as the WHDLoad booter and support for RetroArch controller mapping.
Amiberry requires the SDL2 framework for graphics display, input handling and audio output. On the 32-bit RPI platform specifically, we offer a special alternative version which uses Dispmanx directly for the emulation screen, for maximum performance.
Amiberry has been tested on Debian/Raspbian Buster, and requires the following packages to run:
sudo apt-get install libsdl2-2.0-0 libsdl2-ttf-2.0-0 libsdl2-image-2.0-0 flac mpg123 libmpeg2-4
If you want to compile Amiberry from source, you’ll need the
-dev version of the same packages instead:
sudo apt-get install libsdl2-dev libsdl2-ttf-dev libsdl2-image-dev libflac-dev libmpg123-dev libpng-dev libmpeg2-4-dev
On the Raspberry Pi, if you’re not running Raspbian you’ll also need this:
sudo apt-get install libraspberrypi-dev
Or if you’re using an Arch-based distro (e.g. Manjaro), you can use these instead:
sudo pacman -S base-devel sdl2 sdl2_ttf sdl2_image flac mpg123 libmpeg2
The latest stable releases come with binaries, that you can download from the Releases area. Several popular distros (like RetroPie, DietPi, Amibian, and others) already include Amiberry either pre-installed, or through their package management systems. Please follow the methods provided in those distros for a smoother experience.
Alternatively, you can compile the latest from source yourself. Clone this repo, like so:
cd ~ git clone https://github.com/midwan/amiberry cd amiberry
Amiberry’s Makefile includes several targets, to cover various platforms. For the Raspberry Pi platform specifically, we offer a special Dispmanx version for maximum performance:
You must specify the Platform you want to build as a parameter to the
make command. The process will abort if you use an incorrect platform or no platform at all.
Please consult the relevant Wiki page for the full list of available platforms. You can also check the Makefile for a full list of supported platforms!
For more documentation subjects, please check the Wiki page
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