ARC Browser

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About this game

ARC Browser is a rom collection browser and emulator frontend that maintains a database of all your games, presented in a user friendly way, and let's you play them using your favorite emulators. Suitable for both phones and tablets (provided you have a gamepad), Android-powered arcade cabinets and of course Android TV!

* A searchable database of all your games, indexed by systems and categories
* Automatically scrape data about your games and download boxart and background images
* Integration with RetroAchievements - View the achievements available for your games and track your progress
* Support for native Android games
* Roms with the same filename (excluding text in parenthesis or brackets) are automatically grouped and presented as a single game. When you press Play you can choose which version to load. Useful not only when you have different versions of a game, but also for multi-disc games
* More than 200 configuration templates for different emulators and RetroArch cores
* Can be used as default launcher
* Support for Android TV channels

* Gamepad highly recommended - Touch screen navigation works, but has some issues. If you need to use the app without a gamepad, Arcade is the recommended layout mode for that.
* Screenshots in the Play Store have been blurred or otherwise altered to avoid copyright and trademark infringement
* This application does not include any emulators or games
* Artwork and metadata scraping from online databases may require the availability of third-party services. The developer of this app is not responsible for the availability of such services

Your roms should be named as close as possible to the original game name. There are however multiple settings that you can use to fine-tune the scraping process. For example, converting ", The" in a filename to "The " and ignoring text withing parenthesis and brackets. If no match is found, it will also try replacing any instance of " - " in the filename with ": " automatically.

All of the images in ARC Browser, including but not limited to box art and background, can be customized. For example, if you don't like the automatically scraped box art, you can use your own. You can also further change the look and feel of the app with themes.

The app is in English only. Support will be given in either English or Swedish.

Documentation is available at
If you're having issues and need help, feel free to send an e-mail to
Updated on
Dec 11, 2022

Data safety

Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.
No data shared with third parties
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App info and performance
Data is encrypted in transit
You can request that data be deleted

Ratings and reviews

553 reviews
Tyler Baker
December 4, 2020
WARNING FOR THOSE WANTING THIS FOR THEIR PHONE: If you don't use a game pad, use something else. It doesn't really work with touch screen. However, if you do use a gamepad, after figuring it out and getting it set up, it's my personal favorite front end. They're more or less all gonna run about the same, but I really like the layout and some of the options this be gives.
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LDX Technology
December 5, 2020
If you need to use it with a touch screen only, the Arcade layout should work pretty well with that. But yeah it does say in the description that a gamepad is highly recommended. I'm glad you like the app!
Andy Morrison
February 7, 2022
Incredible but...the touch controls are horrendous! It's functionally a gamepad only app. That's often fine, but sometimes I'm adjusting things and don't have my controller. Please fix the touch controls, they are utterly broken! Otherwise this is the best emulation front end for Android--and I've tried them all! Very customizable and feature rich. Gives you a lot of freedom without being overcomplicated. Definitely worth the money if you can handle the autrocious touch controls.
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A Google user
April 2, 2019
ARC Browser is very promising, but has a lot that needs to be improved upon. Echoing previous comments, the configuration is tedious especially when compared to other front ends. The app needs to search for installed emulators instead of having to assign it for each and every system, show systems based on files types in the ROM directory, touch screen support is a must, replace the scraper with something faster AND allow it to run in the background so the device can be usable.
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LDX Technology
April 3, 2019
Thank you very much for your comments. I agree that the app has a lot of improvement potential, especially when it comes to the "getting started" part. That's the most common complaint. I can't promise anything regarding touch screen support, but that is definitely an eventual goal. I'll keep your comments in mind when designing future versions.

What's new

New settings:
* Which media types to use for different displays
* Make game suggestions random
* Which intent flags to use when starting an emulator
New theme setting: Arcade.GameInfo.WidthPercent
Support for downloading disc images
Custom media directory for disc images
Roms in subdirectories are now considered deleted if the "Include subdirectories" setting is off
Fixed crash issues with search and settings
And more...

Full release notes at