How to Install Dolphin Emulator 5.0 in Ubuntu 16.04

June 25, 2016 — Leave a comment

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Dolphin, an open source GameCube and Wii emulator, has reached the 5.0 stable release. Now it requires Direct3D 10 / OpenGL 3 and 64-bit CPUs.

After two and a half years of development, Dolphin 5.0, the biggest stable release finally is available with compatibility, crash fixes, and new features.

  • Texture EnVironment Fixes
  • zFreeze support
  • better and faster CPU emulation
  • 3D Stereoscopic output
  • Full ES_Launch support
  • Revamped Netplay
  • Audio rewrites and advancements
  • ability to override emulated CPU clock
  • Expanded Native Controller support
  • Video Output Emulation
  • Improved Audio and Video Dumping
  • Line-Width and Point-Size Fixes
  • Exclusive Fullscreen support
  • Memory card folder support
  • For more details, see the release note.

Dolphin Emulator 5.0

How to install Dolphin Emulator 5.0 in Ubuntu:

There’s no official Linux binaries available. A third-party PPA contains 64-bit packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 16.04, and derivatives.

1. Add PPA.

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T), paste the command below and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dolphin-emu/ppa

Enter your password when it asks and there’s no visual feedback while typing for security reason.

Dolphin Emulator PPA

2. If you have a previous release installed, launch Software Updater and run Partial Upgrade after checking for updates:


Or run the commands below one by one in terminal to update and install the game emulator:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install dolphin-emu

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb package from HERE.

3. (Optional) For any reason you want to revert to the stock version of Dolphin in your official Ubuntu repository, purge the PPA via ppa-purge:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:dolphin-emu/ppa

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