The Atari 2600 Video Computer System (VCS), introduced in 1977, was the most popular home video game system of the early 1980’s. Now you can enjoy all of your favorite Atari 2600 games on your PC thanks to Stella!
Stella is a multi-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Stella was originally developed for Linux by Bradford W. Mott, and is currently maintained by Stephen Anthony. Since its original release several people have joined the development team to port Stella to other operating systems such as AcornOS, AmigaOS, DOS, FreeBSD, IRIX, Linux, OS/2, MacOS, Unix, and Windows. The development team is working hard to perfect the emulator and we hope you enjoy our effort.
On this site you’ll find information about downloading, installing, using, and enhancing Stella. You’ll also find useful information about the Atari 2600, emulation and homebrew development.
- Added high scores saving.
- Improved text editing functionality (except PromptWidget):
- Enhanced selection and cut/copy/paste from keyboard.
- Added undo and redo support.
- Added mouse support (selection, cut/copy/paste).
- All actions have keyboard shortcuts.
- Various improvements to the ROM launcher:
- Added wildcard support to the dialog filter
- Added option to search subdirectories
- Added static tooltips to some UI items.
- Added dynamic tooltips to most debugger items.
- Added sound to Time Machine playback.
- Added browser dialogs for user saved files.
- Extended global hotkeys for input devices & ports settings.
- Moved to using an SQLite database for storing user settings, properties and highscores. More work will follow in future releases.
- Increased sample size for CDFJ+.
- Fixed autofire bug for trackball controllers.
- Fixed bug in TV autodetection in filenames; a filename containing ‘PAL’ inside a word would sometimes misdetect as a PAL ROM.
- Fixed Stelladaptor/2600’daptor devices sometimes not being assigned correct default mappings.
- Codebase now uses C++17 features, which means a minimum of gcc7 or clang5 for Linux/Mac, and Visual Studio 2019 for Windows.