Sinclair hardware is very widely emulated. Emulators exist for virtually every platform, and more
released on a very
regular basis. Unless otherwise noted in the description, all
emulators listed in each section are Freeware.
Please note that some emulators have Multiface 128 emulation, but do not supply the Multiface ROM because it is copyrighted and the authors require a license fee to be paid. However, Z80 and Spectaculator do include this ROM because their authors have licensed it from the current owners, Romantic Robot.
A short list of emulators of other systems, including the MK-14, QL, Jupiter Ace, ZX80 and ZX81 is also provided, as is a list of emulators available in languages other than English.
If your platform is not listed below, please check the Miscellaneous section.
- MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows
ZX Spectrum emulators for the MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows platforms.
- Linux / UNIX® (and derivatives)
ZX Spectrum emulators available for Linux / UNIX® (and derivatives) systems. Note that some emulators listed can also be compiled for MacOS X.
ZX Spectrum emulators available for the Macintosh platform, including Mac OS X.
ZX Spectrum emulators available for AmigaOS.
ZX Spectrum emulators that can be used with a Java-enabled web browser.
- Acorn / RISC OS
ZX Spectrum emulators available for the Acorn / RISC OS platform.
- Palm OS, Windows CE, &
PSION & EPOC OS and mobile
ZX Spectrum emulators for portable devices.
ZX Spectrum emulators available for platforms other than those individually listed.
- Other Machines
Emulators of the Science of Cambridge MK-14, Jupiter Ace, Sinclair ZX80, ZX81 and QL.
- Nintendo GameBoy Advance, Sony
Sega Dreamcast, XBox,
Game Park 32
ZX Spectrum emulators for popular Game Consoles.
Note: M.E.S.S. - the Multi Emulator Super System includes ZX Spectrum emulation. No ROM images are included with the download package, but these can be easily located. The Timex TS2068 and TC2048 models are also emulated, which is very uncommon.
- M.E.S.S. v0.67
Emulates: ZX80, ZX81, Z88, Jupiter Ace, ZX Spectrum - many other systems also emulated.
Tape Formats: Varies by system.
Requirements: Varies by system.
Created by: Multiple Authors.
Last updated: April 18th, 2003.
Comments: Available for Microsoft Windows (v0.67), MacOS (v0.61), Unix (0.61.1), AmigaOS, Solaris, etc. See the M.E.S.S. download page for details.
Several emulators listed previously appear to no longer be actively maintained. The archive area contains those entries that are no longer current and cannot readily be improved. If you can provide additional information about those entries marked for archival, please do so.