ARC Browser

ARC Browser$5.26

Rated 4.08/5 (13) —  Free Android application by Floating Point


About ARC Browser

NOW AVAILABLE FOR HANDHELDS! (Android 4.4 and above, gamepad required, tested on GPD XD 64GB)

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.

* A searchable database of all your roms, indexed by systems and categories.
* Automatically scrape data about your games and download boxart and background images.
* 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 90 configuration templates for different emulators.

* Boxart, background images and game names in the Play Store screenshots have been blurred or removed to avoid copyright infringement.
* This application does not include any emulators or games.
* Many good emulators are not currently listed in the Android TV Play Store, but that doesn't necessarily mean they don't work on Android TV. You should read up on sideloading.
* Gamepad required

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 a match cannot be found, it will also try to replace any instances of " - " in the filename with ": " automatically.

Boxart and background images are automatically downloaded where available when scraping. If you want to override this (maybe you don't like the downloaded images, or no images are available) you can place you own in the same directory as the roms. They should be named as follows:

Boxart (front): [rom filename without extension]_box.png
Boxart (read): [rom filename without extension]_boxback.png
Background: [rom filename without extension]_background.png

For example, the background image for a rom named "Duck Hunt.smc" should be named "Duck Hunt_background.png".

By default, the buttons for genres on the main screen have different colored backgrounds. You can override these with images of your own, on a per-system basis. To do this, simply place images named "genre_[genre].png" in your rom directory. Replace [genre] with the exact lowercase name of the genre. For example, the image for "Action" should be named "genre_action.png". To override the All Games image, the image should be named "genre_all.png". The images should have an aspect ration of 4:3 and be at least 400x300 pixels in size (preferrably 800x600 for 4k).

Check out NVidia Shield Zone ( for downloadable genre packs made by other users.

The default grid view image can also be overridden on a per-system basis. To do this, place an image called grid_view.png in your rom directory. The image can have any aspect ratio, but will be scaled to a maximum of 350x350 pixels on a 1080p screen (700x700 pixels on a 4k screen). The default image is 400x300 pixels.

Apart from all the above, you can also specify a theme directory to further change the look and feel of the app. More info about this at

Be sure to check out for tutorials, image packs and more!

Got comments, suggestions, feature requests, or bug reports? Send an e-mail to [email protected]
Your thoughts are very much appreciated!

If submitting a bug report, be sure to include as much detail as possible. For example, if you have an issue with the scraper, make sure to include the exact rom filename, settings used, what you expected to match and what (if any) match you got instead.

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Download and install ARC Browser version 1.8.1 on your Android device!
APK Size: 3.1 MB, downloaded 500+ times, content rating: Everyone
Android package:, download ARC Browser.apk

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Game History & Updates

What's Changed
* New layout available!
It's enabled by default for new users. Existing users can enable it in settings. And don't worry if you don't like it, Classic mode isn't going anywhere.
* Support for handhelds (Android 4.4 and above)!
Please report any issues. Tested on GPD XD 64GB.
* Added option to view game art fullscreen in the Tools menu
* Bugfixes

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