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xemu is a free and open-source application that emulates the original Microsoft Xbox game console, enabling people to play their original Xbox games on Windows, macOS, and Linux systems.

xemu is maintained and developed by Matt Borgerson. xemu is a continuation of the XQEMU project, originally started by espes in 2011 with significant contributions from Matt Borgerson (mborgerson), Jannik Vogel (JayFoxRox), and others. xemu is based on the excellent QEMU full system emulator project.


This project is for educational purposes only, with the goal of researching and understanding the inner-workings of the original Xbox and its games, and then building a platform to play those legally purchased games.

This project does not endorse or promote copyright infringement of any kind. Developers work with legal backups of their own physical media and encourage all users to do the same. Piracy is not tolerated on any communication channel.

System Requirements

xemu runs on Windows, macOS, and Linux systems. An OpenGL 4.0-compatible GPU is required. Most recent integrated GPUs will work.

Please note that xemu is an evolving project and, although xemu can run on large number of systems, actual game performance is in flux and will vary based on the characteristics of your system.

Open Source Development

xemu is developed on GitHub at Contributions are welcome!


xemu is free and open source software. Binaries and source of xemu are made available under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2.

xemu depends on several great open source libraries. Each distribution of xemu includes a LICENSE.txt file which includes specific license information for relevant libraries.