What is VICE?

VICE is a program that runs on a Unix, MS-DOS, Win32, OS/2, BeOS, QNX 4.x, QNX 6.x, Amiga, Syllable or Mac OS X machine and executes programs intended for the old 8-bit computers. The current version emulates the C64, the C64DTV, the C128, the VIC20, practically all PET models, the PLUS4 and the CBM-II (aka C610/C510). An extra emulator is provided for C64 expanded with the CMD SuperCPU.


[NEW] (24 December 2019) Version 3.4 released

We always need more help to keep all things going, so here is the usual call for volunteers... ;-) If you like to join our group, and help us in any way , please send a mail to vice-emu-mail@lists.sourceforge.net or catch us in #vice-dev on freenode IRC. Anyone interested in helping development of VICE is welcome. Please contact us to avoid doing something that someone else has done already. (-: (You might also want to have a look at our TODO list)

Before contacting us, have a look at the the VICE Manual if your question is answered there. Keep in mind that we work on VICE in our spare-time, so the more time we don't need to answer the same questions over and over again, the more time we have to improve the emulation itself. On the other hand, that does not mean that you should not contact us, especially if you find bugs or have suggestions which might improve the emulation. The list of already known BUGS is also available.

Download VICE

You can download the latest VICE distribution here. If you want to help improving the official ports and/or want to provide binaries, please get in touch with us. Occasionally we might upload unofficial test builds here.

Source distributions

Binary distributions


We link to nightly builds of WinVICE provided by pokefinder.org, and also provide the VICE 3.4 nightly build from the the date of the release.

macOS (10.9+)

On macOS, the SDL2 version is currently recommended for performance reasons and for working USB gamepad / joystick support. Retina (High DPU) menu / dialog text is currently deliberately disabled on the Gtk3 version for performance reasons.

Old binary distributions






Older binary distributions

Binaries of even older releases can be found on http://www.zimmers.net/anonftp/pub/cbm/crossplatform/emulators/VICE.

Related resources





Current VICE team members: Martin Pottendorfer, Marco van den Heuvel, Fabrizio Gennari, Groepaz, Errol Smith, Ingo Korb, Olaf Seibert, Marcus Sutton, Kajtar Zsolt, AreaScout, Bas Wassink, Michael C. Martin, Christopher Phillips, David Hogan.

Of course our warm thanks go to everyone who has helped us in developing VICE during these past few years. For a more detailed list look in the documentation.


The VICE is copyrighted to Martin Pottendorfer, Marco van den Heuvel, Fabrizio Gennari, Groepaz, Errol Smith, Ingo Korb, Olaf Seibert, Marcus Sutton, Kajtar Zsolt, AreaScout, Bas Wassink, Michael C. Martin, Christopher Phillips, David Hogan, Stefan Haubenthal, BSzili, Andreas Matthies, Daniel Kahlin, Benjamin 'BeRo' Rosseaux, Ulrich Schulz, Thomas Giesel, Antti S. Lankila, Christian Vogelgsang, Dag Lem, Spiro Trikaliotis, Hannu Nuotio, Andreas Boose, Tibor Biczo, M. Kiesel, Andreas Dehmel, David Hansel, Markus Brenner, Thomas Bretz, Daniel Sladic, André Fachat, Ettore Perazzoli, Teemu Rantanen, Jouko Valta, Jarkko Sonninen, Mikkel Holm Olsen, Manuel Antonio Rodriguez Bas, Paul Dubé, Czirkos Zoltan, Karai Csaba, Andrea Musuruane, Jesse Lee, Jarek Sobolewski, Michael Litvinov, Peter Krefting, Emir Akaydin.

VICE is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

VICE is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License for more details.

Winner of the Innovation Price 2008

Commodore User group: Innovation Price: Software 2008 We are proud that VICE has been selected as the "best software innovation of the last few years" of the Dutch Commodore user group. Fabrizio Gennari was able to attend the ceremony and took the medal in the name of the whole VICE team. We are very proud of it, as it tells us how much you, the users, value our work. Thank you very much!