RECOIL - Retro Computer Image Library

RECOIL is a viewer of pictures in native formats of classic computers: Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari Portfolio, Atari ST, Atari Falcon, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, Commodore 64, Commodore 128, Macintosh 128K, MSX, NEC PC-88, NEC PC-98, Oric, SAM Coupé, Sharp X68000, TRS-80, TRS-80 Color Computer, ZX81 and ZX Spectrum.

RECOIL is available on Android, Windows, OS X, Linux and HTML 5 browsers.

Android application

The Android application is available in Google Play. It includes a file picker that lets you browse all directories on your device as well as ZIP archives.

Android application

Windows thumbnails

Use a *.msi installer that matches your desktop Windows version (32-bit or 64-bit).

Windows Explorer

RECOILWin - viewer for desktop Windows

Get from a *.msi installer or the *.zip archive.


IrfanView plugin

RECOIL is included in the "Formats" IrfanView plugin.

Plugins for Windows viewers

The *.msi installer detects XnView, Imagine and Paint.NET and installs the corresponding RECOIL plugins.

Windows 10 application

A native Windows 10 application (also for phones and tables) is available in Windows Store.

Windows 10 application

OS X Quick Look

Install as follows:

  1. Open recoil-3.5.0-osx.dmg.
  2. Drag RECOIL.qlgenerator to QuickLook.
  3. Re-log or run qlmanage -r.
Quick Look

GNOME thumbnails

Install recoil-2png first, then recoil-thumbnailer.


HTML 5 based viewer

Run right inside your browser.

ImageMagick (de)coder

ImageMagick is a multi-platform suite to manipulate bitmaps.

RECOIL includes a plugin for version 6 of ImageMagick. On Windows use *.msi, on Linux install from source code.


This is a portable command-line converter to PNG files. Available in *.msi, *.zip, *.deb, *.rpm.

Run the program from command line to see the syntax. Unless you specify the -o/--output option, the output filename will be constructed from the input filename with the extension changed to png.

Python bindings

Available here.

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