.LNX File Extension

2 file types use the .lnx file extension.
File Type 1

Commodore 64 Lynx Archive

Developer Will Corley
3.0  |  4 Votes
Category Game Files
Format N/A

What is an LNX file?

An LNX file is an archive that contains one or more files that comprise a Commodore 64 game or program. It is packaged with the Lynx archiver program and is not compressed. Commodore 64 users often archived .D64 or .X64 files and any related files to upload to bulletin board systems (BBS) to share them with other computer enthusiasts.

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Will Corley developed the Lynx (also known as LNX or Ultimate Lynx) format. The Lynx format was more common in the 1990s for uploading to a BBS but has since greatly decreased in usage due to the rise of other archiving formats, discontinuation of the Lynx archiver program, and the complexity of the Lynx format.

How to open an LNX file

You can open an LNX file with the VICE and WinVICE emulators.

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Programs that open LNX files

Updated June 24, 2022
File Type 2

Atari Lynx ROM

Developer N/A
2.3  |  3 Votes
Category Disk Image Files
Format Binary

An LNX file may also be a ROM image of an Atari Lynx video game. It contains the complete data of an Atari Lynx game dumped from a physical game cartridge. Retro gamers use LNX files to store games they can load and play with an Atari Lynx emulation application on a computer.

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Atari Lynx is a handheld game console released in 1989. It featured an LCD color screen, 64 KB RAM, and support for various games, such as Ms. Pac-Man, Lemmings, Paperboy, and Desert Strike.

Lynx gaming enthusiasts utilize emulation software to play games on their computers without the Lynx gaming console. For example, nostalgic gamers who enjoyed the Lynx console in the 1990s use emulation software, such as Handy Emulator and Mednafen, to emulate Atari Lynx game ROMs.

Before being able to play a Lynx game with emulation software, gamers must dump game ROM data from a Lynx game cartridge onto their computer and save them as an LNX file. After saving them in the Lynx game ROM format, they can load and play the game saved as the LNX file with an emulator.

How to open an LNX file

You can open an LNX file with several Atari Lynx emulators, such as Handy Emulator (Windows and macOS) and Mednafen (Windows).

Programs that open LNX files

Updated June 9, 2022

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