Beebdroid (BBC Micro emulator)

Beebdroid (BBC Micro emulator)

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We grew up with the BBC Micro and we loved it, so we're bringing it back to the world!

See that Android phone in your hand? That's not Intel inside - it's powered by an ARM processor. The 'A' in 'ARM' stood for Acorn, a visionary British company that produced the seminal BBC Micro, and thirty years later - coming full circle - your phone hosts its venerable ancestor today.

Have fun reliving classic games from the 1980s, hosted by BBC Micro preservation website - any questions, please email

Works at the full 50 frames per second on most recent powerful Android phones and tablets. This means anything significantly better than an HTC Desire or Nexus One (except, annoyingly, the brand new Galaxy Nexus, because it has the archaic GPU from 2010's Galaxy S pushing 240% of the pixels), or any Android 3.x or 4.x tablet. If you try to run this thing on something like a Wildfire or a ZTE Blade, please don't whinge to us that it runs like a dog - just go and buy a Galaxy S II already ;) It's an extremely faithful emulation, way moreso than other machines' emulators, but if you think you can make it quicker, get involved - it's open-source - code it!

Works with the specialised controls of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (but doesn't run at 50 frames per second).

This FREE and OPEN SOURCE application - the source code is published on Github at - is based on B-Em for Linux by Tom Walker and licensed under GNU General Public License v2.0 as detailed at - we encourage others to assist us in developing Beebdroid further. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the license for more details.

Beebdroid does not ship with any third party programs such as games - these are accessed via third party websites which have hosted such programs for years. Should any licence holders object to third party websites providing such programs, please contact the third party websites in question. We are furthermore also happy on a best-effort basis to block the visibility of specific programs within Beebdroid upon written request from verified product licence holders. We are also able to offer an in-app payment solution for your programs in such circumstances - please contact us for details.

The rights to the BBC Micro ROMs are believed by the emulator community to have effectively fallen into the public domain, having lain unclaimed for many years - Acorn itself is of course long bankrupt, and the documentation for the rights is rumoured to have gone down in the World Trade Center on 9/11. If you believe that you have a claim to the ROMs that has never been disclosed to the emulator community, or indeed has never been proven under law, remember that this is a labour of love, a free and open source preservation effort, and so please talk to us in the first instance, cheers!

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Recently changed in this version

Added arrow keys and CTRL to keyboard, and just for you purists, the Enter key is now called Return :-)

Comments and ratings for Beebdroid (BBC Micro emulator)
  • (16 stars)

    by Craig Benton on 07/06/2014

    It is quite astonishing to see BBC programs running on my phone. There are a few issues still with speed and sound tho. Can't wait to use future versions of this. Wish list: External keyboard, Serial port/USB, joysticks etc.

  • (16 stars)

    by Peter Shepherd on 06/06/2014

    At what level is this just not the most awesome thing to happen to my android devices ever. I mean elite on my phone. Ahhhhhh! I am so excited. Must go now so much youth time to catch up on. If anyone needs me I'll be in the corner blowing away pythons anacondas and the odd mamba or two.

  • (16 stars)

    by cosmo spacer on 03/06/2014

    Wicked, a flash from the past. :-)

  • (16 stars)

    by Allister Graham on 26/05/2014

    Emulates very easily. Well, the computer was manufactured by Acorn, the same company that manufacture ARM processors in Android devices.

  • (16 stars)

    by Paul Jacobson on 04/05/2014

    Would love a bit more control over setting up game inputs and loading own games though. Still superb

  • (16 stars)

    by Martin Grundy on 25/04/2014

    Excellent. Just one question - Is it possible to remove the joystick buttons from the bottom of the screen so I can play with USB joystick without buttons obscuring the games?

  • (16 stars)

    by Robin Gibson on 15/04/2014

    Great app. Brought back lots of memorys from back in the day. Not so good for playing Elite through lol.