Provenance - emulator frontend for iOS and tvOS

kuba - Friday, 24 May 2019
Provenance - emulator frontend for iOS and tvOS

Provenance emulator is the easiest way to play your favorite games from popular consoles on iPhone. Move back in time and play on Atari, Nintendo consoles, Sega, and even PlayStation (PSX/PS1) from iOS or tvOS. Install Provenance using Impactor, without jailbreak and PC.

What is Provenance?

Provenance is a multi-emulator frontend for iOS and tvOS, supporting various Atari, Bandai, NEC, Nintendo, Sega, SNK and Sony console systems. Main features include options to save states, adjust controller overlay opacity, play in portrait or landscape orientation.

Provenance emulator

All games are emulated in full speed, and you have multiple options for managing ROMs, Game Saves, and Cover Art. Download Provenance emulator ROMs directly from the mobile browser, import games from other mobile apps and AirDrop, copy via desktop app 3uTools, or the built-in webserver.

The console emulator for iOS and tvOS offers support for MFi Game Controller and iCade Controllers. Provenance emulator is packed with automatic ROM matching (Game Title, Cover Art, Description, Genre, etc.) via OpenVGDB and ROM customizations features.

Settings and game list in Provenance

From emulator settings, you can activate autosave feature, disable auto-lock, change controller opacity, show FPS count, adjust volume control, choose controller to use, vibrate on button press, automatically load last save game on lunch, use CTR filter, and more.

Supported consoles

  • Atari
    • 2600
    • 5200
    • 7800
    • Lynx
    • Jaguar
  • Bandai
    • WonderSwan / WonderSwan Color
  • NEC
    • PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 (PCE/TG16)
    • PC Engine Super CD-ROM² System / TurboGrafx-CD
    • PC Engine SuperGrafx
    • PC-FX
  • Nintendo
    • Nintendo Entertainment System / Famicom (NES/FC)
    • Famicom Disk System
    • Super Nintendo Entertainment System / Super Famicom (SNES/SFC)
    • Game Boy / Game Boy Color (GB/GBC)
    • Virtual Boy
    • Nintendo 64 (N64)
    • Game Boy Advance (GBA)
    • Pokémon mini
  • Sega
    • SG-1000
    • Master System
    • Genesis / Mega Drive
    • Game Gear
    • CD / MegaCD
    • 32X
  • SNK
    • Neo Geo Pocket / Neo Geo Pocket Color
  • Sony
    • PlayStation (PSX/PS1)

How to install Provenance - no jailbreak

To install the emulator you can sideload the IPA file. This article on How to use Cydia Impactor will answer all your questions. After the certificate expired, you will need to repeat all steps to sing IPA file again on your PC or Mac. On jailbroken devices, you can use ReProvision to re-signing the app automatically.

Step 1. Download Cydia Impactor, and unzip the file.

Step 2. Download Provenance.IPA emulator for iPhone or ProvenanceTV.IPA for Apple TV.

Step 3. Install the newest version of iTunes.

Install IPA package on iOS or tvOS using Cydia impactor

Step 4. Connect your device. Open Cydia Impactor and navigate to Device → Install Package.

Step 5. Select Provenance.IPA version 1.4 to install.

Step 6. Enter your AppleID and app-specific password to sign apps not provided by Apple.

Step 7. The sideloaded Provenance emulator will be visible on the home screen.

Step 8. Next, add your certificate to trusted from Settings → General → Device Management.

Install Provenance without PC or MAC via popular App Stores platforms.

Step 1. Open TweakBox App and search for Provenance.

Step 2. Tap the Install button to download the emulator.

Step 3. Confirm the installation process.

Step 4. Navigate to Settings → General → Device Management.

Step 5. Click on the Enterprise Apps the publisher name and Tap "Trust" the certificate.

Provenance import ROMs

You can import ROM files to provenance emulator using a web server that can be activated from the + button in app main window. Upload ROMs from desktop browser visiting the available URL.

Import ROM file to Provenance

To import games to Provenance it's not required to use a PC or MAC. The application supports packed files allowing you to quickly extract and move the game ROMs to the emulator library.

Step 1. Open the ROM file in Safari Browser on your iPhone.

Step 2. Click the More... link.

Step 3. Select Copy to Provenance.


Version 1.4

  • PlayStation core
  • Pokémon mini core
  • Virtual Boy core
  • Atari 7800 & Lynx core
  • Neo Geo Pocket / Neo Geo Pocket Color core
  • PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 (CD) core
  • SuperGrafx core
  • PC-FX core
  • WonderSwan core
  • CRT Shader

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