Nostlan is a front-end launcher for retro and current gen video game emulators!

Usage no npm install needed!

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Nostlan is a game launcher for retro and current gen video game emulators! Available on Linux, macOS, and Windows. Systems supported: Arcade, DS, GBA, 3DS, PS2, PS3, SNES, Switch, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360. Emulators supported: bsnes, Cemu, Citra, Dolphin, DeSmuME, MAME, melonDS, mGBA, PCSX2, RPCS3, Ryujinx, Xenia, and Yuzu.

Download Nostlan for free and if you enjoy the app please make a donation, any amount is appreciated. Support the development of Nostlan on patreon to gain access to premium features!

If you need help, contact me on Discord or by email

A what? What's a "game launcher"?

Nostlan is like the part of Netflix where you choose a movie to watch but for your game libraries. It identifies your games and downloads high quality box art for them. You can interact with Nostlan using a mouse and keyboard or a game controller. Nostlan is unlike any other launcher for video game emulators. It has a sleek, minimalistic design that prioritizes box art, not a bunch of text and metadata. Check out the screenshots below!


  • navigate Nostlan's menus with your mouse, keyboard, or game controller
  • automated install of any emulator
  • designed for UHD displays and projectors
  • checks multiple database sites for the highest quality box art
  • nostalgic UI themes for each supported console
  • launches games with emulator apps, not cores
  • most controllers connect to Nostlan automatically, no setup required
  • gamecube controller adapter supported with gca-js
  • cross-platform support for Linux, macOS, and Windows
  • advanced customization: edit launch commands
  • [PREMIUM FEATURE] backup/sync all your save data to the cloud or local storage device

Supported Systems and Emulators

Click on an image to see it in full quality 4K!

Wii, Gamecube, Virtual Console [Dolphin]

Wii U [Cemu]

Switch [Yuzu, Ryujinx]

3DS [Citra]

SNES [bsnes, snes9x]

Arcade Machines [MAME]

NES [Mesen, em-fceux]

DS [DeSmuME, melonDS]

GBA [mGBA, Visual Boy Advance]



Xbox 360 [Xenia]

Support the Development of Nostlan!

Patreon supporters get premium features for only \$1 a month!

Even though I decided to make this project open source and free to use, it still took a lot of work and a long time to develop. If you appreciate my work so far and will continue to use the app please support its development. Thank you!

Features that might be offered in the future:

  • support for your PC game libraries! (Origin, Steam, Epic Games, etc.)

For the past two years I've spent way too much time developing Nostlan. I'm really happy with the progress I've made but I'd be able to work on it a lot more if I felt like the community was interested in it. Even 50 supporters would be huge for me! After I get to a point where I feel like I can do a big v2.0 release, I'm going to make a lot of video tutorials that walk people through the setup process. My goal is to have 200 Patreon supporters!

How to access Premium Features

Every month, Patreon supporters will be able to see an exclusive post with the monthly donor password unique to that month. When you start Nostlan it will show a donation menu. Select "access premium features" from the donation menu. Copy the monthly donor password from Patreon and paste it into the donor password input. Select "verify password", if the password is correct you will have access to premium features! Passwords are automatically posted each month.

Learn more about Nostlan on the wiki

I've put a good amount of effort into documenting Nostlan on the wiki. I hope you find it helpful! Go to the wiki to find out more info on these topics:

Adaptive Button Mapping
Copyright, Trademark, and Open Source Licensing Info
Custom Themes
Development Info
Game Identification
Hardware Compatibility
How is Nostlan different from other front ends?
Image Names to use for Game Art
Premium Features
Setting up Nostlan
Supported Systems and Emulators
Update Logs
User Preferences
Using Nostlan

Error Reporting

Please report issues and request features on this project's Github and send me an email with your comments, question, suggestions, or if you need any help using the app. :)


Legal Disclaimer

Although Emulation is legal, pirating games you do not own is illegal. Nostlan does not condone piracy. Nostlan is open source software that does not infringe on any copyrights of texture packers, developers, or publishers. Nostlan is not affiliated with Nintendo, Sony, or Microsoft. Anyone asking for or sharing information related to digital piracy on this project's Github issues will have their comments removed and flagged.


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Nostlan and the Nostlan logo are Copyright © 2019-2020 Quinton Ashley. The Nostlan logo images are licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International. The template images found in the nostlan-img repository are public domain images using the Public Domain License CC0. The Nostlan software itself is fully open source and licensed under the copyleft GNU GPLv3 license.

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