[iOS/tvOS] — RetroArch 1.8.9 and other emulators (Download/Cydia repo)

RetroArch & iOS Emulators:

Click this link: iOS Emulators website

RetroArch & iOS Emulators repo (Jailbroken):

If you’re jailbroken, just add my repo to Cydia (or Sileo… Or nitoTV!): http://johan.margueritte.free.fr/repo

Add to Cydia on your jailbroken device, add to Sileo on your jailbroken device

I created a buildbot too specifically for jailbroken iOS 11+, tvOS 11+, iOS 10 — and for iOS 6 to 9 jailbroken or not! It’s already configured in my RetroArch downloads…

iOS 11+ buildbot: (64-bit)


tvOS 11+ buildbot: (64-bit)


iOS 10 buildbot: (32 & 64-bit)


iOS 9 buildbot: (32-bit)


iOS 6, 7 & 8 buildbot: (32-bit)



New Version ! ! ! ! ! :crazy_face:

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Might this version have Bluetooth Mouse capabilities while using the DOSBox core on iOS?

@toughguystudios mouse support on RetroArch for iOS is not implemented yet I think, even with iOS 13’s native mouse support, it’s acting strange in the menus and I don’t think it’s recognized properly in cores…

Awww man, thank you for finally answering. I’ve asked everywhere and no one has responded. I’m even in communication with the programmer for iDos 2 Litchie. All they said was “they will try” So just to clarify there is no previous version of retroarch on iOS that will support iOS? I saw a video of someone get a Bluetooth mouse working on PS vita??? And also Dosbox Turbo and Magic Dosbox on Android has this functionality, so it has to be possible in some form. And I did install the Cydia tweak BTC Mouse & Trackpad to my iOS and it works fine.

Yeah, not implemented yet, I posted an issue about this one month ago on the GitHub issue tracker with no answers whatsoever… https://github.com/libretro/RetroArch/issues/10769

I think it’s kinda low on the priorities for the team…

Awesome man, thank you for at least putting it out there in attempting to communicate with the programmers about it. I know little to anything when it comes to programming, but my argument is if the BTC Mouse & Trackpad can work on iOS 6, How can it be so difficult to recreate in retroarch? As well, I consider that it’s probably more complicated than I know, especially when were talking about emulation…then again, PSVita retroarch has it, and Magic Dosbox/Dosbox Turbo apps have it…guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I assume once this update should happen, it will be posted here in the forums. Thank you again.

Your REPO doesn’t seem to work for me. I keep getting timeouts.

Any ideas?

@Darnassus It seems to be harder to access at certain times and in certain networks only… If you can, just use a VPN (there are many free ones like Yoga VPN) to bypass your network, it will most likely work again!

can you build the utm for ios6? i want to run vm in my iphone4s :crazy_face:

@YuXaaaa Sorry, only iOS11+ is supported…

And even then, it’s still kinda slow and limited even on the latest iPad Pro, you get only up to 2GB of RAM to allocate for the VM, (and 1GB only on the 2019 iPad Pro, which has 4GB of RAM)

The iPhone 4s only has 512MB of RAM total…

ok and even then if you want to build please tell me

@Weedy_Weed_Smoker So the app stopped working. When I went to download the pcsx core, somehow it worked. Now two days later the app doesn’t open anymore. It’s stuck on the opening logo. I downloaded it from the cydia repo. I even tried reinstalling it

edit: seems like others are facing this too

@Maaza You need to reboot the phone… (And re-jailbreak)

Hopefully it doesn’t happen again! (I don’t actually know what causes this but it may be related to the jailbreak, maybe try to update your jailbreak before re-jailbreaking…)

Any way to get the mesen-s super game boy options/compatibility? Only sgb core that works with cheevos i think. The options are there in the mac build. @Weedy_Weed_Smoker Hope all is well btw

Cant wait to test 1.9.0

@Trebrick I finally managed to get a new AppleTV certificate! The new version is already on the buildbot, and the AppleTV version comes with overlay support…

It seems to have been disabled just because it defaults to a controller overlay on iOS, but I changed that too with my version… Enjoy!

@Weedy_Weed_Smoker glad i decided to check over here. Many many thanks! Glad to see all is well and awesome you finally have the cert and i get overlays back! Now to test out whats new in 1.9

@Trebrick There is now a Metal compatible version, which introduces a Metal video driver in addition to the GL one, and there’s support for the far superior slang shaders, even the more advanced ones that never worked on iOS/tvOS before… It’s good!

I have never really gotten around to testing out shaders so ill have to now for sure. And yah i wanted to see what if any differences there would be with the metal driver @Weedy_Weed_Smoker is the “clean” step still needed before updating?