A week ago, we told you about Provenance, a then upcoming emulator that would be one of the first of its kind for the new Apple TV. Today, Provenance officially launched for the Apple TV and it also works with other iOS devices.

Provenance is a multi-emulator, meaning that it can emulate games from a variety of classic platforms. Users can look forward to emulating their favorite NES, SNES, Genesis/MegaDrive, Sega CD, Master System, GameBoy & GameBoy Color, and GameBoy Advance games.

Want to see what Provenance looks like on the big screen? Check here for more screenshots.


The great thing about iOS 9 is that you no longer need to jailbreak in order to get third-party apps like this on your Apple TV or iPhone. Apple has really begun to open things up on its latest version of iOS. All it takes is a Mac and Xcode 7 and you can compile code that will run on your non-jailbroken device without needing a developer account.

What’s even more exciting is the fact that Apple has begun shipping out new Apple TV dev kits. Some developers have already begun receiving the dev kits, and they have been able to compile and get Provenance running on the big screen.

The Apple TV might go from being one of the most restricted big-name set top boxes on the market to one of the most open. The Provenance emulator looks downright promising, and I cannot wait to get my hands on it.

If you’re on an earlier version of iOS and you’re jailbroken, you’ll also be able to run Provenance. The folks over at UnlimApps plan on putting it on their beta repo ( sometime in the near future.

What do you think about Provenance now that you’ve seen what it can do, and now that we know for a fact that it works on the Apple TV? Are you excited?

  • Lucus Bendzsa

    Want app. No jailbreak. Where is my source coce?!?!??

  • drewjbx

    mmm, wonder how nintendo will feel about this…

    • Manuel Molina

      Ha. Were you reading my mind? How are companies going to take it if you can buy an Apple TV and play all Nes, Snes, and Sega?

    • andythecurefan

      Developer certificates are most likely going to be revoked to install Provenance.

  • Anonymous

    This awsome, one of the main reason i jailbreak. Love my old school games!

  • tastydisqus

    ‘Open in Provenance’ is not an option for me.

  • stevefe84

    Amazing. So Kodi on the new ATV might not be that far away either maybe…

  • 9to5Slavery

    What about a way of multi player Pokemon????

  • Robin Keanu Keim

    Provenance has been available for quite some time now, even before Apple announced iOS 9 and its ability to side load apps. Since I first tried it, it has become my favorite emulator on iOS. I really hope that more developers of jailbreak apps are going to release their apps source code, so we can compile them with Xcode and side load them on our devices. Things like MovieBox, emulators of any sort and little “tools” like ProTube (yes I know there is a AppStore version of it but it [obviously] has limitations) would make waiting for the next jailbreak so much easier.

    • Luca

      Great comment.

      Except for the last sentence: I would not be able to use my iPhone without VirtualHome anymore. Or FlipControlCenter. Or any thing that kills VOIP in Facebook apps.

  • mariocampie17

    What’s better Provenance or GBA for iOS including game play, smoothness, syncing to other devices, multiplayer etc…?

  • n00b

    I’m on windows :(((

  • askep3

    Is there any way I can compile and install from Windows?

    • Arjan Vlek

      Virtual machine

  • Pablo

    So how do I install it? Do I need a Mac?

  • Nick Kaminski

    Absolute bullshit that you have to be on Mac. Apple just continues to half ass and fully annoy. And I was just about to go get a 6s this week. Sorry Apple. You messed up.

    • Arjan Vlek

      Try a virtual machine with OS X.

      • Nick Kaminski

        Can you explain to me what exactly a “virtual machine” and OS X are?”

  • Favna

    RIP for not having a mac and mac osx being a total bother to run on a virtual machine :c

  • zonabi

    hmmm, anyone know how the appleTV remote is supposed to work with this? you hold it vertical, and all we figured out is touch/swipe on trackpad, click for 1 button. how do u access other buttons?