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I'm new to Ubuntu and Linux and I just downloaded mupen64plus 1.99.5 and it came as a *.tar.gz file. I found some guides about how to install a .tar.gz file with the terminal but it doesn't work. How can I install it?

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You can install it from the Ubuntu Software Center by clicking the button below:

Install via the software center

You can then open a terminal via Ctrl-Alt-T and run it by typing mupen64plus and then the name of the ROM you want to run. See the manpage for the instructions.

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To complete Jorge's answer:

  • with Ubuntu 10.10, installing from Ubuntu Software Center, we got Mupen64 v1.5
    this version contains a nice Graphic User interface.

  • with Ubuntu 12.04, installing from Ubuntu Software Center, now we get Mupen64 v1.99
    this version does not get Graphic User Interface.

    But anyway, install v1.99, and then thanks to third parties, we can get Graphic User Interface like:

    • cutemupen (in my case, I m not able to make it run on Ubuntu 12.04)
    • M64Py

      enter image description here

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Still to complete Jorge's answer, install Mupen64Plus Install Mupen64Plus

And create your own icons:

With Mupen64 v1.99.4, the only interface is the console interface.
So without third party to get a Graphic User Interace, you can simply create your own icons (one per game):

  1. Install alacarte sudo apt-get -y install alacarte
    and open it

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  1. in Menus, Game, add a new item

    enter image description here

  2. For the 3rd field "command", click on browse and select your game

    enter image description here

  3. Still on 3rd field "command", add mupen64plus before the path of your game
    On 2nd field "name", add your icon title
    On 4th field "description" or "comment", add your icon description
    On top left corner you can even select your icon picture, select here a *.png file for example.
    And then validate

    enter image description here

  4. Now you will find your game like this

    enter image description here

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+1 for using Kirby. ;) – kirbyfan64sos Mar 31 '14 at 23:05
I don't think alacarte is installed by default. sudo apt-get -y install alacarte – Grimtech Sep 2 '15 at 8:13
@Grimtech, good comment. I edited the answer to add it. – Boris Sep 8 '15 at 17:47

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