How to Install Emulators on Ubuntu (SNES Edition)

32 Responses to “How to Install Emulators on Ubuntu (SNES Edition)”

  1. whyamistilltyping Says:

    Nice guide! I didnt realise Zsnes was in the repositories 🙂

  2. mario_on_LINUX Says:

    this is awesome. I wish everything was this easy to install on linux because I am a linux NOOB. works great!

  3. IDon'tLikeLinux Says:

    My ZSnes just closes once i open it.

  4. Conrad Says:

    Huh. This is going to save me some time. I was installing everthing manually. (nasm, libsdl ,- mind you, ldsdl needs like, 8 other .deb files. , gmake, etc) Thank you.

  5. Jason Says:


    Works great except for – no sound
    I’ve tried the killall esd and it says that nothing has been killed…
    Any help on getting sound with this would be very appreciated

    thank you!

  6. Emmy Says:

    Mine just closes once I open it. I followed all the steps. What am I doing wrong?

  7. Spyter Says:

    This walkthrough worked out very well. Im glad it works so easy. I think Im starting to understand why Im doing these things like this the more I read about linux. Im one of the newly converted from the windows world. Thank god there is finally an alternative that can do all the things I need to do. Lovin Ubuntu so far.

  8. Spyter Says:

    Hmmm everything seemed to work ok but I also, have no sound as well. Everything else seems to work just fine except for the fact that I have no sound in the emulator. Really wish I knew why this might be happening but I dont know enough about how Linux works to analyze the problem.

  9. philx9 Says:

    Well, goes like this for me

    sudo apt-get install zsnes desktop
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package zsnes is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source
    E: Package zsnes has no installation candidate

  10. overtturtle Says:

    I followed the steps, but I get the error:

    E: Package zsnes has no installation candidate

    Thank you.

  11. overtturtle Says:

    Never mind, I found out the problem. Thank you for posting this information.

  12. pbd Says:

    I get:

    sudo apt-get install zsnes
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package zsnes

    I know nothing about Linux, I just started using Ubuntu. What have I done wrong?

  13. jimbo Says:

    pbd, zsnes is in the ‘universe’ repository for Ubuntu. Many systems don’t have this type of software enabled by default.

    You should search for tips on how to add ‘university’ to your apt source list.

    I just got zsnes installed, working with sound and my joypad – Super R Type, right on!

  14. jimbo Says:

    OOps, universe that is, not ahem.. university.

  15. sh4un mario Says:

    help I think that my synaptic is broken because when ever open it it comes up saying W: Couldn’t stat source package list common/main Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/update.eeepc.asus.com_1.6_dists_common_main_binary-i386_Packages) – stat (2 No such file or directory)
    W: Couldn’t stat source package list p704/main Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/update.eeepc.asus.com_1.6_dists_p704_main_binary-i386_Packages) – stat (2 No such file or directory)
    W: Couldn’t stat source package list p701/main Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/download.tuxfamily.org_eeepcrepos_dists_p701_main_binary-i386_Packages) – stat (2 No such file or directory)
    can some one help me!!

  16. sh4un mario Says:

    By the way can any one tell me where to get kpackage from? There is a guy who will tell me every thing I need to do but he says on his website that I need kpackage. Please help. I will be very greatfull. 🙂

  17. Brent Says:

    I tried this and got the znes emulator, but whenever I try launching it nothing happens. Can someone please help me?

  18. remy Says:


    this is awesome… but zsnes doesnt actually open…… at all.
    please help,

    ubuntu 8.10 intrepid

    peace thank you

  19. Midnightfox Says:

    nice job!i like it!

  20. samplekit Says:

    WHAT is THe E: Couldn’t find package zsnes FAULT??????

  21. Jesus Anibal Says:

    Muchas gracias amigo, hice tal cual indicas y todo espectacular, muchas gracias, y muchos exitos.

    thanks vert much.

  22. illbethejudgeofthat Says:

    Thanks for the clear and concise instructions dude, ZSNES on Unbuntu = awesome.

  23. Niko Says:

    So does anyone know of a good place to get good bundles or do i have to download roms one at a time

  24. wisenhimer Says:

    How do you get the game on the Zsnes emulator??

  25. michael Says:

    please help me, this is what i do/happens( followed the guide to the letter.)
    michael@michael-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get update
    Hit jaunty Release.gpg
    Ign jaunty/restricted Translation-en_US
    Hit jaunty-security Release.gpg
    Ign jaunty-security/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign jaunty/main Translation-en_US
    Ign jaunty/universe Translation-en_US
    Ign jaunty/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Hit jaunty-updates Release.gpg
    Ign jaunty-updates/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign jaunty-updates/main Translation-en_US
    Ign jaunty-updates/universe Translation-en_US
    Ign jaunty-updates/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Hit jaunty Release
    Ign jaunty-security/main Translation-en_US
    Ign jaunty-security/universe Translation-en_US
    Ign jaunty-security/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Hit jaunty-security Release
    Hit jaunty-updates Release
    Hit jaunty-security/restricted Packages
    Hit jaunty/restricted Packages
    Hit jaunty/main Packages
    Hit jaunty/restricted Sources
    Hit jaunty/universe Packages
    Hit jaunty/universe Sources
    Hit jaunty-security/main Packages
    Hit jaunty-security/restricted Sources
    Hit jaunty-security/universe Packages
    Hit jaunty-security/universe Sources
    Hit jaunty/multiverse Packages
    Hit jaunty/multiverse Sources
    Hit jaunty-updates/restricted Packages
    Hit jaunty-updates/main Packages
    Hit jaunty-updates/restricted Sources
    Hit jaunty-updates/universe Packages
    Hit jaunty-updates/universe Sources
    Hit jaunty-updates/multiverse Packages
    Hit jaunty-updates/multiverse Sources
    Hit jaunty-security/multiverse Packages
    Hit jaunty-security/multiverse Sources
    Reading package lists… Done
    michael@michael-laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install zsnes
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    The following extra packages will be installed:
    Suggested packages:
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    libao2 zsnes
    0 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
    Need to get 921kB of archives.
    After this operation, 4329kB of additional disk space will be used.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
    Get:1 jaunty/main libao2 0.8.8-4ubuntu1 [25.5kB]
    Get:2 jaunty/universe zsnes 1.510-2.2ubuntu2 [895kB]
    Fetched 921kB in 11s (82.6kB/s)
    debconf: unable to initialize frontend: Dialog
    debconf: (Dialog frontend requires a screen at least 13 lines tall and 31 columns wide.)
    debconf: falling back to frontend: Readline
    Selecting previously deselected package libao2.
    (Reading database … 104941 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking libao2 (from …/libao2_0.8.8-4ubuntu1_i386.deb) …
    Selecting previously deselected package zsnes.
    Unpacking zsnes (from …/zsnes_1.510-2.2ubuntu2_i386.deb) …
    Processing triggers for man-db …
    Setting up libao2 (0.8.8-4ubuntu1) …

    Setting up zsnes (1.510-2.2ubuntu2) …

    Processing triggers for libc6 …
    ldconfig deferred processing now taking place
    i am linux noob coming from windows. the znes do sent appear in my menu under applications>games. please reply to because i might not see this page again.

  26. Moi Says:

    I get the same error as the last 3 posters. Any help? Am new to Linux.

  27. dick Says:

    Never mind, I found out the problem. Thank you for posting this information.

    thanks for posting your solution idiot

  28. Matthew Says:

    For everyone having the errors where you can’t find the package zsnes, or it has no installation candidate:

    It is very likely that the package has been removed from ubuntu. I’m not sure what is the replacement snes emulator.

  29. Darhac Says:

    This package is not available in Ubuntu 9.10 maybe!!!

  30. v Says:

    if you’re reading this and are using the x64 version of ubuntu 9.10 it isn’t quite so easy and painless, zsnes is 32-bit so isn’t in the 64 bit repositories so you’ll have to force install it (which is still easy enough to be honest).

    Just google “zsnes_1.510-2.2ubuntu2_i386.deb” which is the debian package file for zsnes. I got it from here: “”.

    Once you have that, terminal to the directory where you saved it and type “sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture zsnes_1.510-2.2ubuntu2_i386.deb” which will force it to install.

    Finally you can run it by doing “zsnes -ad sdl” in terminal or just adjust the command in the launcher menu.

    most of this was grepped after much searching from here: “”

  31. Twentydragon Says:

    Thanks a lot for this. You certainly saved me a lot of time and made this entire process much easier.

  32. coldchill17 Says:

    wow thank you so much i just spent a whole day tring to install it i didnt realize it was in apt-get

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