UAE Amiga Emulator - Amiga in the 21st Century (2023)

UAE is a largely complete software emulation of the Commodore Amiga 500/1000/2000 hardware.
A Commodore Amiga, for those who don't know, is a 16/32-bit computer system based on the Motorola 680×0 CPU and specially designed custom chips that offer very good graphics and sound capabilities. Its first incarnation, the A1000, appeared in 1985, followed by the highly successful A500 and A2000 models.

UAE is written for Unixish systems; It was developed on a Linux machine, but should be compiled and run on any semi-recent Unix-like operating system. It has also been ported to a variety of machines and operating systems, including DOS, Windows 95/NT, macOS, RiscOS, BeOS, and NextStep.

UAE is free software: feel free to distribute copies and/or modify it under certain conditions. There is no guarantee for the UAE. For more details on these topics, read theGNU General Public License, which describes the conditions under which the UAE will be distributed.

Features of the UAE Amiga emulator

UAE emulates the following hardware:

  • One CPU 68000/010/020/040, optionally one FPU 68881
  • OCS, ECS and AGA graphics chipset (including sprite collisions on the playing field)
  • Up to 2 MB Chip RAM and up to 8 MB Fast RAM or 8 MB Chip RAM without Fast RAM
  • Up to 64 MB of Zorro III Fast RAM, regardless of RAM chip configuration (68020+ only)
  • Up to 1 MB slower RAM for extended compatibility with problematic software
  • Up to 8 MB graphics card memory, usable with software compatible with Picasso 96 compatible graphics cards
  • 4 x 3.5" floppy drives (DF0:, DF1:, DF2: and DF3:). Amiga floppy disks cannot be read, so they are emulated with the files on the disk.
  • A hard drive: a hard drive image file or part of the native file system
  • Joystick support (with the option to map the joystick to the numpad)
  • mouse holder
  • Ability to run in different screen modes (for better display quality or faster speed)
  • Full stereo sound support consisting of 4 8-bit channels
  • Simple parallel and serial port support. Note: The parallel port is not actually implemented. But it is enough to print.
  • friend of the state You can save the status of your emulated Amiga and continue later.
  • a few other things that don't work well enough to mention here...

Hardware and software requirements

You need a computer with one of the supported operating systems. In general, the faster your computer is, the better.

If you want to compile the source code yourself, you'll need an ANSI C compiler.

(Video) Get started playing Amiga Games with FS-UAE

That being said, for most purposes you will need a Kickstart ROM image file. The software to get this from your Amiga to your PC is included in the source code distribution, as is documentation on how to use it.

Note: The Kickstart ROM is copyright 1982-1997 by Amiga Corporation (formerly Hi-Toro) and its successors and licensors, and we are unable to distribute it here.
Officially licensed Amiga ROM and OS files are available as part of Cloanto for download and on CD-ROMfriends forever-Package containing kickstart files up to v3.1 (the latest version).

You also need software to run on the emulator. As a piece of hardware, an emulation by itself isn't very useful.

Download UAE Amiga Emulator

The latest version of UAE is 0.8.29.

  • To compile on Unixish systems (including BeOS and NextStep), download theexperimental source file (30.11.2008).
    For a list of updates, seelatest changelog.
  • All UAE source codes and binaries are available atGitHUBGenericName.
  • For a Windows version, go to theWinUAE site.
  • A port of WinUAE running again on Linux can be found at Frode SolheimFS-LEGS.
  • there is one tooMacOS X UAE versionaccessible.
  • Richard Drummond created an experimental version of the UAE based on WinUAE. look at thisLEGS AND. E-UAE also works well on MacOS X and may be a better option than MAXUAE.
  • Other versions have been removed here because they are either completely out of date or the links don't work anymore. This includes versions for the following operating systems: DOS, BeOS, Acorn/RiscOS, AmigaOS, OS/2.
    NOTE: If you know the latest authors and/or locations for them, please contact us and we'll add them back.

"Bleeding Edge" patches for the UAE Amiga emulator

These are additional UAE patches that are not yet ready to be included in the major release, either because they are still being tested or because they are quite complex and are still being evaluated for fixes. Use at your own risk, but please report interesting test results.

  • Bernie Meyer JIT patch ported to 0.8.21Note: This is experimental software. Crashes almost all games and demos when JIT is on. It crashes on several apps I've tried. It is not stable. Use it at your own risk. This only works on Linux/i386.
  • Wez Furlongs MMU-Parcherunlinuxin UAE (around 8/8/20)
  • bsdsocket-parchecreated by carl drougge (works around 0.8.20 if you change penguin.h to thread.h in bsdsocket.c)
  • Fabio AlemagnasParche VAE AHI 0.1a(around 08/0/13)
  • FabiosUAE acceleration patch(around 08/0/11)

Useful software for UAE Amiga emulator

There is other software that can be very useful when used in conjunction with UAE.

  • The UAE can emulate a Picasso 96 compatible graphics card. Software supported by the operating system can use this to display much better resolutions and color depths than the custom Amiga chipset would allow. To use this function, you need the Picasso 96 software available atAmineto.
  • ADF-Opusis a file management tool for ADF files and hard files. This allows you to perform the most common tasks (like copy, rename, delete, etc.) with your ADFs without having to reach out to an emulator. Features include support for all file systems (including directory caching), high-speed file copying, the ability to access real Amiga hard drives, and an MDI interface.
  • ADFlibis a portable C library designed to manage Amiga-formatted devices such as hard drives and ZIP disks, or save files from these types of media via the .ADF format. ADF Opus uses ADFLib to access the file system.
  • Brian Wheeler has developed a Perl utility that allows access to files contained in an .adf disk file. is availableHere.

Software to run on UAE Amiga Emulator

Here are some links to UAE trial software files:

(Video) Amiga Emulator: FS-UAE! How-To?

  • If you don't have a kickstart or the kickstart doesn't seem to work, you can take a look at itRSI-Megademo (Disc 1). (Don't forget to unzip the file on disk.)
  • clone softwarelicensed the Amiga operating system for distribution along with Amiga emulations. you sell themfriends foreverPackage containing legally licensed ROM images and workbench files and various UAE and Fellow versions.
  • Magnetic Fields, Gremlin, Dark Unicorn Productions, and Marc Dawson have made some of their commercial games available for download atworld of classics(dead), as well as demos and music.
  • Ami-Sektor Einsit's a great site with very good Amiga software.
  • the kataki game offactor 5is available on their website. You can also find R-Type and BC Kid.
  • friend in a box(AIAB) is a desktop distribution for UAE users.
  • FriendKitis another cool distro for UAE users.
  • AmigaSYSit is a complete Amiga operating system pre-installed for WinUAE, like AIAB. For installation, you need a valid KickstartROM 3.0/3.1 and the Workbench and Extras Disk 3.0/3.1 image file.

Other Amiga emulations

The first Amiga "emulation" is a malicious MSDOS program that displays the "hand holding a floppy" image used in older Amiga ROMs and tortures the floppy's stepping motor a bit. you can download thesecheating program, but we do not guarantee that it will not harm your system. It could be a virus (it's probably safe, but I haven't disarmed it and it's a bit big for a GIF viewer. Not exactly the original: for copyright reasons, the Kickstart 1.2 ROM included in the EXE file has been removed. Works fine without it 😉

After that, a very neat GIF file appeared:NXAmiga.gif, which is also a scam, but much better.

Then came the United Arab Emirates...

Today, the United Arab Emirates is no longer alone in the world. You now have a partner:amigo(killed), another Amiga emulation by Petter Schau. It seems that Fellow is now maintained by Dominik Schmidt and Torsten Giebl.

In addition to the UAE, Fellow has been ported to other platforms. Get the Fellow port of Windows. For more information, see theWinFellow home page.

There is a Fellow port for Unix-based platforms using X11 by Riot777. look

related links

OAmiga research operating systemattempts to write a platform-independent replacement for the Amiga operating system

(Video) Amiga Emulation on Linux with FS-UAE

katzenwieselis a general purpose floppy driver that uses unmodified PC drives. Catweasel can handle almost any disk format. It can read all PC formats (180k to 1440k), Amiga DD and HD, Atari disks, Macintosh 720k, 800k, 1440k (DD,GCR,HD), Commodore C64 and C128 disks and many more...

visit aUAE Developer Meeting Pages (Sept 1997).

The ADF file format is explained inlaurent klevy'SFrequently asked questions about the ADF (Amiga Disk File) format.

visit aScripted Amiga Emulator, a port of the UAE to Javascript that runs in your web browser.

Bjorn Lynne, also known as "Dr.Awesome/Crusaders", did many songs for Crusaders' demos and music records. He has released several soundtrack CDs, including one with music he made for the 1995 Team17 Amiga game, Alien Breed 3D.Bjørn's home page.

Amiga Music Preservation (AMP), a nonprofit organization, operates the largest and most comprehensive database of Amiga songs and musicians to date. All Amiga composers deserve to be remembered and their works preserved. We have tried everything we could, but even though it continues to grow, we desperately need your help in one way or another.

Netzreport wrote a short article about the sites that offer thisOld legal and free Amiga games for emulators(until).

(Video) FS-UAE Amiga Emulator Tutorial

credits and thanks

United Arab Emirates was created byBernd Schmidt, with the help of several volunteer collaborators (in random order):
Alessandro Bissacco, Hannu Rummukainen, Andre Beck, Ed Hanway, Denis Sablic, Marcus Sundberg, Samuel Devulder, Stefan Reinauer, Marco Nelissen, Thierry Lescot, Bruno Coste, Oliver Moehrke, Per Olofssen, Tristan Cavelier, Ruben Martinez, Olivier Raoul, Markus Gietzen , Christian Schmitt, Herman ten Brugge, Tauno Taipaleenmaki, Michael Krause, Kai Kollmorgen, Stefan Ropke, Joanne Dow, Rodney Hester, Volker Zota, David Varley, Christian Schmitt, Brian King, Samuel Mackrill, Dirk Vangestel, Thorsten Frueauf, Ernesto Corvi, Gustavo Goedert, Peter Remmers, Tim Gunn, Nemo Pohle, Michael Sontheimer, Christian Bauer, Patrick Hanevold, Ian Stephenson, Olaf 'Olsen' Barthel, Krister Bergman, Manfred Thole, Paul Kienitz, Mathias Ortmann, Peter Teichmann and, luckily, no many more. who forgot (claim if missing).

Special thanks to:

  • Jay Miner, Dale Luck, R. J. Mical and all the other people whose names I don't know who developed the Amiga in the first place.
  • Félix Bardos: For not complaining about the time that he did not return his GRH.
  • Hetz Ben Hamo emailed Commodore requesting permission to distribute at least one earlier version of Kickstart. Unfortunately the answer was negative.
  • Stefan Reinauer, for hosting this website after RWTH decided it was too dangerous to allow students to have their own website.
  • Bruno Coste, Ed Hanway, Alessandro Soldo, and Marko Nippula provided useful Amiga documentation.
  • Fabio Ciucci receives Best Bug Reports award for his help with blitter line emulation and other problem areas
  • Michael C. Battilana yclone softwarefor all the support
  • Julian Eggebrecht offactor 5, for providing many F5 games and many valuable contributions.
    Factor 5 has made Katakis, one of their classic Amiga games, available for free download. There are still good people in the world...

visit aCREDITSfile ofUAE Origin Distribution.


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