FS-UAE Amiga Emulator


Compiling FS-UAE

These instructions are for you if you want to build your own version of FS-UAE for any reason.

Please note that the resulting build may not be built in a way that's suitable for distribution to other users. Often, you need to take additional steps to ensure that the packages work on systems with older operating system versions.

Setting up a build environment

First, you need to prepare your build environment. Instructions for several operating systems are listed below.

Debian / Ubuntu

Install dependencies for bootstrapping and building FS-UAE:

sudo apt install autoconf automake build-essential gettext \
libfreetype6-dev libglew-dev libglib2.0-dev libjpeg-dev libmpeg2-4-dev \
libopenal-dev libpng-dev libsdl2-dev libsdl2-ttf-dev libtool libxi-dev \
libxtst-dev zip zlib1g-dev


Install dependencies for bootstrapping and building FS-UAE:

sudo zypper install autoconf automake freetype2-devel gcc gcc-c++ gettext \
glib2-devel libpng-devel libtool libXi-devel openal-devel SDL2-devel zip


Install dependencies for running bootstrap:

sudo dnf install autoconf automake libtool gettext

Install dependencies for building FS-UAE:

sudo dnf install SDL2-devel glib2-devel libpng-devel gcc gcc-c++ openal-devel libXi-devel zip libmpeg2-devel SDL2_ttf-devel glew-devel zlib-devel freetype-devel hicolor-icon-theme


Install latest msys2-x86_64 from www.msys2.org/ and follow the installation instructions to get an updated MSYS2 installation. Then start MSYS2 MinGW 64-bit.

Install dependencies for bootstrapping and building FS-UAE:

pacman -S autoconf automake gettext libtool make \
mingw-w64-x86_64-freetype mingw-w64-x86_64-gcc mingw-w64-x86_64-glew \
mingw-w64-x86_64-glib2 mingw-w64-x86_64-libmpeg2 mingw-w64-x86_64-libpng \
mingw-w64-x86_64-openal mingw-w64-x86_64-SDL2 mingw-w64-x86_64-SDL2_ttf \
pkg-config zip


FIXME: Write new instructions for the fsdeps/ fsbuild scripts. Some build-time dependencies must be installed separately, for example via Homebrew:

brew install autoconf automake cmake dos2unix libtool m4 meson pkg-config \

Install homebrew from https://brew.sh (follow their instructions) and then open a new terminal.

Install dependencies for bootstrapping and building FS-UAE:

brew install autoconf automake freetype gettext glew glib jpeg libmpeg2 \
libpng libtool openal-soft pkg-config sdl2 sdl2_ttf zlib

In order build FS-UAE itself, you need to have Apple's Xcode installed and command line tools for Xcode enabled.

Configuring and building FS-UAE

If you are using the git repository, you need to bootstrap with (skip if using source tarball):


Run the configuration script (see the next section for options):


And finally, compile the fs-uae executable:


You can now run fs-uae from the source folder without installation:


Configuration options

The configure script can be used to enable some additional features (but they might not work or even compile) and disable default features.

Please note, the only supported configuration is to build with the default option set or the ones listed below. Other options are provided for testing and debugging purposes - and also for your convenience, in the cases where it happens to work ;-).

Supported options:

  • --prefix=...: Installation prefix (defaults to /usr/local).
  • --disable-jit: For platforms without UAE JIT support.
  • --disable-x86: Disable x86 bridgeboard emulation.