Skip to content
/ nestur Public

The NES (emulator) you left outside in the rain but let dry and still kind of works

Notifications You must be signed in to change notification settings


Folders and files

Last commit message
Last commit date

Latest commit


Repository files navigation


Nestur is an NES emulator. There are plenty of full-featured emulators out there; this is primarily an educational project but it is usable. There may still be many bugs, but I'm probably not aware of them so please submit issues.

  • no use of unsafe
  • NTSC timing
  • supports mappers 0-4 which cover ~85% of games

The code aims to follow the explanations from the NES dev wiki where possible, especially in the PPU, and the comments quote from it often. Thanks to everyone who contributes to that wiki/forum, and to Michael Fogleman's NES and Scott Ferguson's Fergulator for getting me unstuck at several points.


 Button  |   Key
|   A    |    D   |
|   B    |    F   |
| Start  |  Enter |
| Select | R-Shift|
|   Up   |   Up   |
|  Down  |  Down  |
|  Left  |  Left  |
|  Right |  Right |

F2: reset console
F5: save game state
F9: load most recent save state

If the game is called mygame.nes, the save state files will be called mygame-#.dat. To load any previous save state, drag and drop a .dat file onto the window.


Double-click or run the executable from a terminal by itself to launch with instructions. Then click Ok and drag a (iNES/.nes) ROM file onto the window. Or, drag and drop a ROM file onto the executable to run it directly, or use the path to the ROM file as the first argument to the terminal command.

If the game uses battery-backed RAM (if it can save data when the console is turned off), a save file like rom_filename.sav will be created in the same folder as the ROM when the program is exited. When Nestur is run again, it will look for a file matching the ROM name, with a .sav extension instead of .nes.


  1. Install Rust
  2. Have a C compiler
  3. Install CMake
    • Linux: sudo apt install cmake
    • Mac: install Homebrew and run brew install cmake
    • Windows
  4. cd nestur/ && cargo build --release (be sure to build/run with the release flag or it will run very slowly)
  5. The nestur executable or nestur.exe will be in nestur/target/release.

To do

  • support other controllers?

  • more mappers?

  • better save file organization?

Known problem games

  • None currently, please report any issues

Please also check out Cloaker and Flying Carpet!


The NES (emulator) you left outside in the rain but let dry and still kind of works







No releases published


No packages published