Retrocomputing is the use of older computer hardware and software in modern times. Magnetic tapes and disks upon which home computer software was stored are decaying at an alarming rate. In order to preserve game software and information, efforts are underway to copy from these degrading media onto fresh media which will help ensure a long life for the software and make it available for emulation and archiving.


Software development never really stops. There are many tools available today.

Developed by Ricardo Quesada from the Retro.Moe blog. 

VChar64 is a character editor for the Commodore 64. Features: Char editing, Tile Support, Map Support, Imports CharPad projects, Imports Koala image files, Imports VICE snapshot images, Exports to Assembly/Raw/Prg, Emulates different Palettes, & Live Preview Modes.

Compiled for OSX

CGTerm is a C/G telnet client that lets you connect to C64 telnet BBS:s with the correct colours and the correct font. Also included is a client for 64CHAT called CGChat. Features:
Full C64 screen and keyboard emulation,
File download with protocols,
Keyboard macros.
and more...

SIDPLAY is a Commodore 64 SID music player.

Emulates the sound chip and other internals of the Commodore 64 home computer to play back SID music that was originally written on it. The sound chip of the C64 is called the "Sound Interface Device" or SID, and therefore this music is known as SID music.

MultiCom bridges two communication ports together.

The ports may be any combination of serial, TCP (client or server) and socket file (client or server). Server ports will allow multiple clients and will merge/broadcast data as apporiate

DiskImagery64 is a portable (Qt 4.2.x-based), open-source D64 disk image editor

Offers a nice GUI with drag-and-drop support between disk images and the local file system. Runs programs or mounts images directly in your favorite emulator. RR-Net support is available and allows to transfer programs and even disk images directly to a C64.

A demoscene/retro Jukebox/spotify-like music player.

Type anything to incrementally search in entire database and
hit enter to play directly.
Features: Multiformat music player,
Fullscreen demo-like GUI,
Incremental search of ~500,000 songs,
Downloads all music on the fly..

C64 Debugger embeds VICE v2.4 C64 emulation engine created by The VICE Team

This is Commodore 64 code and memory debugger that works in real time. It is quick prototyping tool where you can play with Commodore 64 machine and its internals.

GoatTracker is a cross-platform tracker written by Lasse Öörni, producing SID chiptune music for the Commodore 64

Many SID tunes are available in various formats on the Internet. GoatTracker is capable of directly exporting to the .sid (PSID/RSID) file format in addition to standard C64 PRG files.


If someone wished to access a BBS today with emulation, they would need some sort of modem.

TCPSER turns a PC serial port into an emulated Hayes compatible modem that uses TCP/IP for incoming and outgoing connections.

It can be used to allow older applications and systems designed for modem use to operate on the Internet.

A way to Setup a simple modem to connect to a BBS.

This tool was written by myself to quickly send a shell command to setup and run TCPSER. The GUI is very basic. It's only to be used for connecting to a BBS.


Made by artists, for artists, that want to see affordable art tools for everyone.

Playscii is an open source ASCII art, animation, and game creation program. It runs on Windows, Linux, and macOS.

Playscii's development is ongoing and the program should now be usable for creating artwork and games.

Draw pictures with the color limitations of some typical 8-bit computer platforms. .

The screen formats supported are Commodore 64 high resolution, Commodore 64 multicolor, Commodore Plus/4 Hires, Commodore Plus/4 multicolor.

 Cross-platform PETSCII image editor.

Petmate is a cross-platform C64 PETSCII image editor, drawing inspiration from the PETSCII editor. Petmate runs locally on a Mac/Windows/Linux machine and doesn’t require an internet connection.


QuickLook enables a very quick preview of file contents by pressing the Spacebar. .

A D64/D71/D81 DiskImage QuickLook Plugin for Mac OS X

Look at your D64, D71, & D81 files in finder and have fun!

A D64/D71/D81 DiskImage QuickLook Plugin for Mac OS X

Allows for QuickLook previewing of C64 disk image files in formats: *.d64, *.d71, *.d81.

This plugin allow you to view the following graphic formats:

Koala, Amica Paint ), FLI Designer, Drazlace V1, Fun Painter 2, Hi-Eddi, Image System Hires, OCP Art Studio V2, AFLI-Editor

This plugin allow you to view graphic formats.

Supported IFF-features:, ILBM and PBM, 1-8 bitplanes, Extra halfbrite, Hold and modify, Transparency

A viewer of pictures in native formats of classic computers:

Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari Portfolio, Atari ST, Atari Falcon, BBC Micro, C16, C64, C128, and more.

"I want to see what a photo would look like on an
Commodore 64 Computer?"

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