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Installing BSNES (SNES Emulator) on Linux

Setting up a SNES emulator on Linux is an uncomplicated process, and with bsnes you can quickly configure, install, and play classic Super Nintendo titles on your ubuntu machine.


Setup via Terminal

First up, we need to update and upgrade our linux machine before downloading bsnes. Go ahead and open your terminal and type in the following;

					sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade -y

Older versions of bsnes used to be built-in ubuntu’s package where you could simply install bsnes via the apt-get install bsnes command – however the program has since been removed and users wanting a snes emulator on Linux, should do so manually.

If you haven’t downloaded bsnes yet – click on the Download button in the top right hand corner or by visiting this link. Navigate to the linux section and click on download.

snes emulator linux

You should now find yourself on our bsnes for linux page. Here you can see the features bsnes has to offer as well as previews and download information. Click on the download button as shown below.

bsnes for linux

For a successful installation, take advantage of the powerful extraction tools available. Utilize 7Zip or Ubuntu’s own extraction tool by simply right-clicking and selecting ‘Extract Here…’.

To ensure optimal performance, make sure the file you choose to extract the program has read/write access enabled; we recommend Desktop, Documents or Downloads folders for this purpose.

bsnes for linux
bsnes via linux terminal

Now run the following commands separately to install the required libraries for bsnes to work;

					sudo apt install libsdl2-dev
					sudo apt-get install libopenal-dev

					sudo apt install libcanberra-gtk-module libcanberra-gtk3-module -y

Now that we have installed the correct linux drivers we can launch bsnes via the terminal or double click on bsnes executable (with the gear icon).

snes emulator linux
snes emulator linux

Next Steps

After you have successfully completed the installation of BSNES, it is time to configure your very own Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulator.

BSNES provides versatile options for customizing gameplay and making sure that your experience is tailored just for you. However, there are two key steps we need to take before getting ready to play classic Nintendo titles: configuring our controls and setting up our paths and downloading ROMs.

  1. Let’s begin by assigning keys/buttons on either a keyboard or even a controller so we can start playing games with ease!
    Head over to the Default Controls section for more details.
  2. The next step is preparing the directory where your SNES ROMs will be downloaded and set up once they are installed – check out our comprehensive guide here for help!

Additional Options

At BSNES, we have a comprehensive Knowledge Base filled with helpful information to help you unlock the full potential of bsnes (e.g. cheats, ROMS, glossaries). Our documentation boasts plenty of useful instructions and suggestions for getting the most out of your Super Nintendo emulation experience – plus, if you ever encounter any issues, our troubleshooting page can be an invaluable resource!

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