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EasyRPG Player

EasyRPG Player is a game interpreter to play RPG Maker 2000, 2003 and EasyRPG games. It uses the LCF parser library (liblcf) to read RPG Maker game data.

EasyRPG Player is part of the EasyRPG Project. More information is available at the project website:


Documentation is available at the documentation wiki:


minimal / required

  • liblcf for RPG Maker data reading.
  • SDL2 for screen backend support.
  • Pixman for low level pixel manipulation.
  • libpng for PNG image support.
  • zlib for XYZ image support.
  • fmtlib for interal logging.

extended / recommended

  • FreeType2 for external font support (+ HarfBuzz for Unicode text shaping)
  • mpg123 for better MP3 audio support
  • WildMIDI for better MIDI audio support
  • Libvorbis / Tremor for Ogg Vorbis audio support
  • opusfile for Opus audio support
  • libsndfile for better WAVE audio support
  • libxmp for better tracker music support
  • SpeexDSP for proper audio resampling
  • SDL2_mixer for audio mixing. Used as a fallback when none of the provided audio libraries support the format. Due to API limitations not all audio effects are possible through SDL2_mixer audio.

SDL 1.2 and SDL_mixer 1.2 are still supported, but deprecated.

Daily builds

Up to date binaries for assorted platforms are available at our continuous integration service:

Source code

EasyRPG Player development is hosted by GitHub, project files are available in this git repository:

Released versions are also available at our Download Archive:



If your operating system has a package manager, we recommend installing the dependencies with it.

In case you want to compile the dependencies yourself, you can find them, except for liblcf, in our buildscripts repository.

Autotools Makefile method:

Building requirements:

  • pkg-config
  • GNU make

Step-by-step instructions:

tar xf easyrpg-player-0.6.2.tar.xz # unpack the tarball
cd easyrpg-player-0.6.2            # enter in the package directory
./configure                        # find libraries, set options
make                               # compile the executable

Additional building requirements when using the source tree (git):

  • autoconf >= 2.69
  • automake >= 1.11.4
  • libtool

To generate the "configure" script, run before following the above section:

autoreconf -i

Read more detailed instructions at:

CMake method:

Building requirements:

  • pkg-config (only on Linux)
  • CMake 3.10 or newer

Step-by-step instructions:

tar xf easyrpg-player-0.6.2.tar.xz    # unpack the tarball
cd easyrpg-player-0.6.2               # enter in the package directory
cmake . -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release    # configure project
cmake --build .                       # compile the executable
sudo cmake --build . --target install # install system-wide

Read more detailed instructions at:

CMake is the only supported way to build Player for Windows. All dependencies must be installed with vcpkg.

Building a libretro core:

Building for libretro is based on the CMake method.

Additional commands required before building:

git submodule init   # Init submodules
git submodule update # Clone libretro-common submodule

Invoke CMake with these additional parameters:


Set shared libs to ON or OFF depending on which type of libraries RetroArch uses on the platform you are targeting.

Building an Android APK:

Building requirements:

  • Android SDK with NDK r21

Step-by-step instructions:

tar xf easyrpg-player-0.6.2.tar.xz     # unpack the tarball
cd easyrpg-player-0.6.2/builds/android # enter in the android directory
./gradlew -PtoolchainDirs="DIR1;DIR2" assembleRelease # create the APK

Replace DIR1 etc. with the path to the player dependencies. You can use the scripts in the android folder of our buildscripts to compile them.

To pass additional CMake arguments use -PcmakeOptions:


The unsigned APK is stored in:


Running EasyRPG Player

Run the easyrpg-player executable from a RPG Maker 2000 or 2003 game project folder (same place as RPG_RT.exe).

Bug reporting

Available options:


EasyRPG Player is free software available under the GPLv3 license. See the file COPYING for license conditions.

3rd party software

EasyRPG Player makes use of the following 3rd party software:

  • FMMidi YM2608 FM synthesizer emulator - Copyright (c) 2003-2006 yuno (Yoshio Uno), provided under the (3-clause) BSD license

  • PicoJSON JSON parser/serializer - Copyright (c) 2009-2010 Cybozu Labs, Inc. Copyright (c) 2011-2015 Kazuho Oku, provided under the (2-clause) BSD license

  • Dirent interface for Microsoft Visual Studio - Copyright (c) 2006-2012 Toni Ronkko, provided under the MIT license

  • Teenyicons - Copyright (c) 2020 Anja van Staden, provided under the MIT license