How to Install Dolphin Emulator in Ubuntu 15.04/14.04

Last updated: July 23, 2015


Quick tutorial shows how to install the stable or latest dev version of Dolphin, a GameCube / Wii / Triforce emulator, in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04 via PPA

Dolphin is an open-source Nintendo GameCube, Wii, and Triforce emulator for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It is the first emulator to successfully run commercial GameCube and Wii games. It is still the only emulator capable of running commercial Wii games. Its name gives reference to the Nintendo Dolphin, which was the codename for the GameCube. Dolphin is a community driven project with developers from all over the world who work together to bring you this high-quality software with remarkable features.

Dolphin Emulator’s wiki page refers to an unofficial PPA repository that contains both the stable and latest development version of this software packages, which so far supports Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and their derivatives.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal from the Dash, Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut keys. When it opens, run command:

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

2. After added the PPA, you can either run below commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install dolphin-emu

or use Synaptic Package Manager to install the stable version:

3.(Optional) For the latest development version, replace the package name dolphin-emu with dolphin-emu-master in previous command or Synaptic Package Manager.

As the PPA description said, Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 12.04 users need to add below PPA first before installing the development version for an updated libstdc++6 (>=4.9):

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

That’s it. Enjoy!


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2 responses to How to Install Dolphin Emulator in Ubuntu 15.04/14.04

  1. Thanks for the tutorial was very useful , Greetings

  2. Peter Breedveld January 16, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Wow it worked great. You saved me a lot of frustration. Thanks Ji m!