What is Goldberg EMU?[Answered]

An emulator is a software program that allows one computer system to behave like another computer system. This can be done for various reasons, including running software or games that are not compatible with the current system.

There are various emulators on the market, like Elipse, Nox Player, etc. One such emulator is the Goldberg EMU. Most people do not know what Goldberg EMU is, how it works, or even its existence.

Goldberg EMU is a Steam emulator that emulates Steam Online features. It lets you play games that use the Steam multiplayer APIs on a LAN without Steam or an internet connection.

In this article, we will look into this emulator and also look into some of the related questions people have related to this emulator.

What is the Goldberg steam emulator?

Just like any other emulator, this is just software that enables one computer system to work or behave like another. In this context, “EMU” stands for “emulator.”

So, the Goldberg EMU is an emulator that allows you to play your Steam games without the need for an internet connection or even Steam itself.

This steam emulator simulates steam online functionality over a local area network. Both Linux and Windows can use it. It replaces the Steam API DLL, tricking games into letting you launch multiple instances and join the same server.

You can play your games either in a single player or on LAN without Steam by replacing the steam API.dll, and then you can put Steam in the trash and play your games either in a single player or on LAN without Steam.

This emulator is good for game developers who over-relied on the Steam API and now wish to release a version of their game without it without having to completely redesign it.

Since it is LGPLv3+ licensed, you simply need to publish the source code for this emulator (and only if you make modifications to it).

Goldberg emu how to install it

It is not very difficult to use this emulator. You just need to replace the steam_api.dll with the one provided in the release archive of this emulator.

You can download the Goldberg EMU from its Gitlab page. After downloading it, you will find the steam_api.dll file inside the zip file. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to install it.

  • Here is a link to the most recent Goldberg release.
  • Extract it anywhere by right-clicking -> Extract all…
  • Right-click the game in Steam and select Properties-> Local Files-> Open Directory. Search for game files.
  • Find the locations of steam_api.dll and/or steam_api64.dll. Typically, it will be in a folder titled “bin” or a similar one.
  • Change the dlls’ names to anything else, like steam api.dll.valve
  • Transfer the Steam api.dll and/or Steam api64.dll-corresponding DLLs from the Goldberg directory to the game’s directory.
  • If steam appid.txt doesn’t already exist in the same folder, create it and fill it with the app id for the game. Any Steam game’s app id can be located using SteamDB.
  • The generate interfaces file.exe program is located in the tools folder. Drag the original steam api.dll (steam_api.dll.valve) onto it (inside the Golberg folder). Along with the steam api.dll files, a steam interfaces.txt file will be created as a result.

This will install the Goldberg EMU. You can follow this article for setup and other settings.

How to play cracked Steam games using Goldberg Steam emu

To play cracked STEAM games using Goldberg Steam emu, you can follow the video below.

Related Questions

Can you play Steam games on the external hard drive?

Yes, you can use almost any external storage to access your Steam library. A USB HDD or SSD will work just fine, but you should generally stay away from USB flash drives.

Similar to internal drives, there will be performance restrictions. The loading times will increase with drive speed.

Can I play Steam on Android?

Yes, you can play Steam on Android. Not only that, Steam Link allows you to play Steam games on Android, iOS, and even Raspberry Pi.


I hope you found this article helpful. In theory, The Goldberg Steam Emulator is an interesting project that might be crucial if Steam ever goes completely offline.

It functions as a replacement for the Steam API file and enables LAN to play Steam games that use the multiplayer APIs without the need for Steam or an internet connection.