Compiling and Running the RPCSX Emulator on Linux: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re an avid gamer and interested in exploring the world of PS4 emulation on Linux, the RPCSX emulator is a project worth diving into. This guide will walk you through the detailed steps of compiling and running the RPCSX emulator on your Linux machine.


Before we get started, make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • A Linux-based operating system (Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.).
  • Firmware version 5.05 for PS4 dumped via PS4 FTP. The firmware must be fully decrypted. Please note that the firmware itself is not provided by RPCSX.

Step 1: Cloning the Repository

The first step is to clone the RPCSX repository from GitHub to your local machine. Open a terminal and execute the following command:

git clone

Step 2: Navigating to the Repository

Change your working directory to the cloned repository:

cd rpcsx-df

Step 3: Compiling the Emulator

Compile the RPCSX emulator using the following commands:

mkdir build cd build cmake .. make

Step 4: Running Samples and Games

To run samples and games using RPCSX, you’ll need to follow these instructions:

  • Ensure your decrypted firmware version 5.05 is available.
  • Familiarize yourself with the available commands by using the -h argument with the rpcsx-os command or seeking assistance on the Discord server.
  • Run the emulator along with a sample using the following command (replace placeholders with actual paths):
rm -f /dev/shm/rpcsx-* && ./rpcsx-os --mount "<path to fw>/system" "/system" --mount "<path to 'game' root>" /app0 /app0/some-test-sample.elf [<args for test elf>...]

Step 5: Creating Logs

For debugging purposes, you can create a log using the --trace flag. To redirect all log messages to a file, append the following command:

&> log.txt

Congratulations! You’ve successfully compiled and run the RPCSX emulator on your Linux system. Remember, PS4 emulation is a complex task, and while RPCSX is a promising project, it’s important to keep up with the updates and community discussions on the Discord server for any troubleshooting or improvements.

Exploring the world of console game emulation on Linux can be a rewarding experience. By following this guide, you’ve taken your first steps into the realm of RPCSX and its potential for enjoying PS4 games right on your Linux machine. Happy gaming!

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