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

Default controller is now a joystick. Allowed disappearance of keyboards altogether if desired. Lost sound problem on latest Androids still not fixed. Please report issues, requests and so on to

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

    by Cheryl Ashford on 09/01/2015

    The update has changed the non keyboard controls and I find them useless so cannot now play on my tablet. Also having played repton 1-3 I now cannot get finish level 1 of repton thru time and cannot work out why.

  • (70 stars)

    by Rose Schaffer on 06/01/2015

    Fantastic emulator, and fantastic Devs! Thanks for getting Imogen working! *hugs* I am so pleased I can play Imogen and Repton and relive some happy childhood memories.

  • (70 stars)

    by John Lord on 02/01/2015

    The assembler works well. When load and save are operational it'll be fun to import programs written 3 decades ago sitting on tape and floppy.

  • (70 stars)

    by Richard Platt on 29/12/2014

    I've greatly enjoyed using this emulator in the past but this latest version seems to have replaced the controls with a new joypad style version that I find unusable, and the keyboard buttons are too small to use in games on a tablet or phone. Is there a way to get the old controls back?

  • (70 stars)

    by Stephen Plummer on 27/12/2014

    Loving this emulator. Would be unbelievably chuffed if life of Repton was available at some point.

  • (70 stars)

    by Jamie Ridyard on 25/12/2014

    If only we could run our own games disks too

  • (70 stars)

    by Vector Man on 25/12/2014

    Still can't save code in New version which its disappointing. Can't access menu button on my g3 in portrait mode as buttons are hidden by adverts

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