mupen64plus is a plugin‐based N64 emulator for Linux/Unix, OSX, and Windows which is capable of accurately playing many games. Included are four MIPS R4300 CPU emulators, with dynamic recompilers for 32‐bit x86 and 64‐bit amd64 systems, and necessary plugins for audio, graphical rendering (RDP), signal co‐processor (RSP), and input. There are several OpenGL video plugins available:
Rice, included with the distribution
Glide64Mk2, included with the distribution
Z64 (must be used with the rsp-z64 plugin)
The most current documentation can be found at the project’s homepage.
The options are as follows:
- -h, --help
Print help message.
Disable onscreen display.
Enable onscreen display.
Run emulator in fullscreen display mode.
Run emulator in windowed display mode.
- --resolution res
Display resolution (640×480, 800×600, 1024×768, etc)
Disable core speed limiter. This should be used with the dummy audio plugin.
- --cheats cheat‐spec
Enable or list cheat codes for the given rom file.
- --corelib filepath
Specifies a filename (optionally with a preceding directory path) to load a specific mupen64plus core library.
- --configdir directory
Specifies a directory to look for the
mupen64plus.cfgfile. Default is
- --datadir directory
Specifies a directory to search for shared data files (fonts, cheat codes, .ini files). Default is
- --plugindir directory
Specifies a directory to search for plugin files. Default is
- --sshotdir directory
Specifies a directory to save screenshots captured during gameplay. Default is
- --gfx plugin‐spec
Specifies a plugin‐spec to select a graphics plugin for use during emulation.
- --audio plugin‐spec
Specifies a plugin‐spec to select an audio plugin for use during emulation.
- --input plugin‐spec
Specifies a plugin‐spec to select an input plugin for use during emulation.
- --rsp plugin‐spec
Specifies a plugin‐spec to select an RSP plugin for use during emulation.
- --emumode mode
Specifies which mode the emulator core should run in. mode should be set to one of the following numbers:
Dynamic Recompiler (DynaRec)
- --testshots list
Take screenshots at frames given in the comma‐separated list, then quit.
Use the core comparison debugging feature, in data sending mode. If the core was not compiled with support for the Core Comparison feature, then the emulator will exit with an error.
Use the core comparison debugging feature, in data receiving mode. If the core was not compiled with support for the Core Comparison feature, then the emulator will exit with an error.
- --set param‐spec
Set the value of a mupen64plus configuration parameter. This option may be used multiple times. The format of param‐spec is
Do not save the given command‐line options into the mupen64plus configuration file to use as defaults in the future.
Print lots of information. Useful for debugging but unnecessary for normal use.
Filename (without path) of plugin to use. Application will search through several directories to look for a matching plugin name.
Full directory path and filename of plugin.
Use the dummy plugin.
Show all of the available cheat codes.
Enable all of the available cheat codes.
A comma separated list of cheat code numbers to enable.
The following shortcut keys can be used during emulation. These are the default key values; nearly all of them may be set to different keys by editing the mupen64plus configuration file.
Quit the emulator.
Select virtual ‘slot’ for save/load state.
Save emulator state to current slot.
Load emulator state from current slot.
Slow down emulator speed by 5 percent.
Speed up emulator speed by 5 percent.
Toggle fullscreen mode. This is not supported on Windows.
- p or P
- m or M
- f or F
Fast Forward (playback at 250% normal speed as long as key is pressed).
- g or G
Press GameShark button (if cheats are enabled).
- / or ?
Advance one frame if paused.
The default location for the mupen64plus configuration file is
~/.config/mupen64plus/. The default location of the saved screenshots is
~/.local/share/mupen64plus/screenshot/. The default location of the save states is
mupen64plus was originally started by Richard42 and nmn, and is based on Mupen64 (originally written by Hacktarux).
This man page was written by ebenblues, and updated by Richard42 and Anthony J. Bentley.
Mupen64plus is © 2008–2013 The Mupen64plus Team
License GPLv2+, GNU GPL version 2 or later
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is no warranty, to the extent permitted by law.
To report bugs or make feature requests, use the issue tracker