MSX Launchers

Front-ends for the MSX Emulators

blueMSX Launcher (released August 2021)

blueMSX Launcher v1.14.4 for Windows 7/8/10/11.

Note: Make sure you download the extra data and screenshots below to get added functionality

for older versions, go here.

openMSX Launcher (requires Java Runtime Environment 8 or higher) (released June 2020)

Before downloading, make sure you read the installation and upgrade sections in the help file (which is also included in all downloads)

openMSX Launcher v1.14 for Windows 7/8/10/11.

openMSX Launcher v1.14 for macOS: upgrade from v1.13.

openMSX Launcher v1.14 for Linux/BSD.

Note: Make sure you download the screenshots below to get added functionality

Get the source from GitHub.

for older versions, go here.

Novo Player (released October 2023)

Upgrade from earlier versions: simply replace the older version with this new single executable/binary. The listings data and settings are stored outside (in the Users directory), so they won't be affected.

Novo Player v1.6 for Windows 10/11 (Single exe file - 62.6 MB).

Novo Player v1.6 for Linux (AppImage - 93.3 MB).

Novo Player v1.6 for macOS - will release when I get access to macOS.

Note: Make sure you download the screenshots and game music below to get added functionality

Get the source from GitHub.

for version history, go here.

Extra data and Screenshots (released October 2023)

extra-data.dat v1.39: this file contains extra data for games such as generations (MSX, MSX2, MSX2+ and Turbo-R), sound chips (e.g. PSG, SCC) and genres. Unzip and place the file in the directory of blueMSX Launcher. For openMSX Launcher, get it through the Help menu. This file is included already in Novo Player 1.6.

Extra Screenshots v1.23 (36.8 MB zipped): unzip in the directory of blueMSX Launcher. openMSX Launcher and Novo Player don't require it to be in the same directory (location can be defined in their settings).


Game Music (released August 2022)

Game Music v1.1 (62.7 MB zipped): this is a collection of game music samples in MP3 format that work with Novo Player v0.3 or later. Simply unzip anywhere and point to it in Novo Player's settings.

Disks XML Database (released September 2023)

msxdskdb.xml v13: this file provides data about disk games the same way other XML files do for ROM and Tape images. Unzip and place the file in the Databases directory of blueMSX alongside the other XML files. It only works with blueMSX Launcher 1.14.2 or later, and openMSX Launcher 1.10 or later. For openMSX Launcher, it will be downloaded automatically when you update to the latest extra-data (see above). It is included already in Novo Player 1.6.