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.

What's New:

  • Stella release 6.1.2 for Linux, macOS and Windows is now available.
  • Fixed bug with remapped events not being reloaded in certain cases.
  • Fixed bug in debugger for 3E scheme when displaying active RAM bank.
  • Fixed bug in "Dragon Defender" ROM being misconfigured for Mindlink controller.
  • -Have fun!