Welcome to the Hatari web site!
Hatari is an Atari ST/STE/TT/Falcon emulator for GNU/Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, Windows and other systems which are supported by the SDL library. The Atari ST was a 16/32 bit computer system which was first released by Atari in 1985. Using the Motorola 68000 CPU, it was a very popular computer having quite a lot of CPU power at that time. Unlike many other Atari ST emulators which try to give you a good environment for running GEM applications, Hatari tries to emulate the hardware of a ST as close as possible so that it is able to run most of the old ST games and demos. Hatari is open source software and is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).
Hatari supports the emulation of most of the ST and STE hardware, including some
special tricks like raster interrupts, border effects and PSG sample sound.
A joystick can be emulated with the cursor keys or with a real PC joystick.
Hatari also features the possibility to "mount" a directory of the
host system as a ST drive, or to use images from an original Atari's hard disk.
Hatari is also able to emulate the additional hardware of the TT or Falcon machines, like the Videl video chip or the DSP 56001. However, note that TT and Falcon support are currently still in development and experimental.
First you need a fast machine (500MHz or more for ST/STE emulation, > 1.5 GHz for Falcon emulation) which is running a Unix compatible OS (preferably GNU/Linux) that supports the SDL library. There are also some ports to other operating systems like Mac OS X, please see the links page for more information. Non-Linux systems like FreeBSD etc. are rarely tested, so if you run into problems while compiling Hatari on such platforms, please let us know!
Have a look at the downloads page for details about the required libraries and available packages. Some binary packages are now available, too, but not for all architectures. So you might need to also have GNU C on your system to recompile the source code of Hatari.
Before you can finally run the emulator, you also need a TOS image file. TOS is the built-in operating system of the Atari 16/32 bit computers. Since it is not possible to ship one of these image files with Hatari, you either have to create your own image from your Atari or you have to use EmuTOS, a free TOS replacement.