Install FCEUX on Ubuntu and play some NES games

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Hello, friends. Today, you will learn how to install FCEUX on Ubuntu. This NES emulator will help you to relive old times or play some games for leisure.

According to the FCEUX GitHub profile:

An open source NES Emulator for Windows and Unix that features solid emulation accuracy and state of the art tools for power users. For some reason casual gamers use it too.

Yes. Just like that. An open source and Linux compatible emulator that will make you relive the good old days.

This application is not exclusive to Linux, but also has versions for Windows and macOS. It provides all the features you can imagine of these applications (joystick support, game saving…) and with excellent performance.

Let’s go.

Install FCEUX on Ubuntu

To install it, we have two main options. The first one is using the repositories and the other one is compiling the code manually.

Installing FCEUX on Ubuntu using the official repositories

The easiest way to get it is simply to use the official Ubuntu repositories to achieve the goal.

So, open a terminal and update the system

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Then, you can install FCEUX with the following command

sudo apt install fceux

When finished, you will be able to run it from the main menu.

Compiling the FCEUX source code

The second option is to compile the FCEUX source code ourselves. Although slower, many people prefer to compile programs as a safety and learning measure.

First, update the whole system

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Then, install the necessary packages like git:

sudo apt install git cmake build-essential qtbase5-dev pkg-config zlib1g-dev libminizip-dev libsdl2-dev liblua5.1-dev qttools5-dev libx264-dev libx265-dev libavcodec-dev libavformat-dev libavutil-dev libswscale-dev libswresample-dev cppcheck. 

Then clone the FCEUX repository to obtain the source code

git clone

Access the generated folder:

cd fceux

Create a folder for the build and access to it

mkdir build
cd build

From there compile the source code


Then proceed to install it

sudo make install

Now run it from the terminal



The use of this program is simple, just load a downloaded ROM in ZIP format and from there, start playing.

Using FCEUX on Ubuntu
Using FCEUX on Ubuntu

Of course, the program has many options that you can explore to enhance the experience.

Uninstall FCEUX on Ubuntu

In the case of the first method of installation, you just need to run

sudo apt remove fceux

In the second one, it would be enough to remove the folder where you compiled the code and delete the binary in /usr/local/.


Playing games on Linux is possible thanks to applications like FCEUX that allow us to emulate game consoles of the past like NES.

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I am Angelo. A systems engineer passionate about Linux and all open-source software. Although here I'm just another member of the family.


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