All versions of Amiga Forever and C64 Forever use a common directory structure
for the emulation, operating system and application storage subsystem,
which for the Amiga originally took into account discussions with the
developers of UAE and Fellow. The result
is a unified directory structure for items like ROMs, ADFs and hardfiles, so
that shared system files can be used by different titles and emulators.
The following are some of the directories and files
(including example-only items) which are distributed
with Amiga Forever and C64 Forever:
Amiga Files/Demoscene/What a Demo (Inspired Group, 1987, Amiga).rp9
Amiga Files/Games/Asteroid Invader II (Acme Games, 1986, Amiga).rp9
CBM Files/Demoscene/Hello World (Inspired Group, 1982, C64).rp9
CBM Files/Games/Asteroid Invader (Acme Games, 1983, C64).rp9
The above "Amiga Files" directory
refers to the system folder installed by Amiga Forever on Windows.
To open the Amiga Files folder from within Amiga Forever select
Open Folder/Amiga Files from the File menu.
Beginning with Amiga Forever 2008, "Amiga Files" is also
present on the CD or DVD root. Prior to Amiga Forever 2008, the above files
were in the
"Emulation" (instead of "Amiga Files") directory, also relative to the root of the medium or
files are in a separate "Windows" directory:
On Windows systems the content of "Windows" is installed inside "C:\Program
C64 Forever follows a structure inspired
from Amiga Forever, with the default content
directory named "CBM Files" instead of
In Amiga Forever 2005 the "Amiga Files" folder was introduced for enhanced long-term
compatibility and security in the Windows versions of the
software. This means that under Windows the common directory
structure is stored in two physical directories, reflecting
different access and execution privileges.
After installation of Amiga Forever under Windows,
emulation-related data files, including Amiga operating system and application
files (Amiga executables) can be accessed
Windows executables, including the emulation binary files for
Windows, can be accessed under:
The two paths
will generally point to different physical directories,
referencing different parts (Windows binaries vs. other files)
of the same overall structure outlined in this document.
For additional access instructions, please see:
Non-Windows Systems and Run-from-Medium
Since Amiga Forever 2008, "Amiga Files" also applies to the CD
and DVD directory structure. Prior to that, the "Emulation" directory, stored at the root of the Amiga Forever medium, contained all files (software and data) which are related
to the Amiga and its emulation.
Other directories at the root level, like "Windows",
and other platform-specific directories, contain
unrelated items which are not relevant to this document.
For programmatic access on Android systems, please see:
For programmatic access within the Chrome environment, please see:
All Systems (Windows and Non-Windows)
The directory containing the Amiga data files contains a "Shared" directory, where all
shared Amiga files (ROMs, system disks, etc.) are grouped, and one or more emulator-specific directories. The level
immediately inside "Shared" also contains unified names, which include
"adf" (Amiga floppy disk image files, with .adf or
.adz suffix), "cd" (CD images as .iso or .bin/.cue/.wav/.mp3), "dir"
(directories mounted as Amiga volumes, e.g. "System" and
"Work"), "hdf" (Amiga hardfiles, with .hdf
or .hdz suffix), "rom" (Amiga
ROM files with optional .key file) and "amiga_utilities"
(emulation utilities in Amiga binary format, as they are
distributed before installation).
The Amiga "Games" and "Demoscene" directories are respectively
dedicated to games and demoscene productions. They are application-centric,
containing one subdirectory per game or demo. Each application
directory contains that application's files (e.g. disk images in
any format, including floppy, CD, hardfile, etc.)
Amiga Forever operating system ADF files use the amiga-os-version-diskname.adf format for file
names, where "amiga" denotes the Amiga hardware, "os" stands for "operating
system", version is 100, 130, 204, 300, 310, etc. for
version 1.0, 1.3, 2.04, 3.0,
3.1, etc., and diskname indicates the specific floppy disk. For example, the image file for the
disk labeled "Workbench" of operating system version 2.04 is named "amiga-os-204-workbench.adf".
Amiga Forever Amiga ROM files follow the amiga-romtype-version-machinetype-ext.rom
naming format, where romtype uses "os" to refer to
standard operating system ROMs, "boot" indicates a boot ROM,
"crt" indicates an external cartridge, and machinetype
is a model-specific tag used for ROMs that have hardware-specific
features, e.g. "cdtv", "cd32", "a1000",
"a1200", etc. No hardware model tag is used for machine-neutral 68000 versions.
Amiga-600 ROMs are compatible with other 68000-based Amiga models,
however they are marked "a600" because they include scsi.device,
card.resource and carddisk.device functionality.
The optional "ext" part indicates an additional (extended) ROM, as
used in the CDTV, CD³² and in AROS where the code cannot be stored
all in a single ROM. As a
rule of thumb, machine-specific versions are included where this
is important for application compatibility. The Amiga 1000 boot ROM, which contains the code used to load
the version-specific ROM from a Kickstart floppy disk, is
version-neutral, and has no version number (it is named
"amiga-boot-a1000.rom"). Since AROS uses the build date
instead of version numbers, the "YYYYMMDD" format is used for the
Directories inside "Shared/dir" are named after the volume name with
which they are mounted. In Amiga Forever, the "Shared/dir" directory
contains "System" and "Work". The System partition is prepared in such a way
as to boot and function properly even if the Work partition is not mounted.
The System partition can be upgraded as new versions of the operating system are released.
Amiga Forever includes older operating system versions, such as Workbench 1.3, only in ADF format.
It is recommended to use suffixes for file names wherever
possible, and in particular for documentation files. Several operating systems,
not just DOS and Windows, make it possible to recognize file types and associate
them to the correct viewer, based on the suffix. Under Windows, if a
"readme" file ends with .txt, .htm or .html, then it can easily be opened
with one or two mouse clicks. Otherwise the only party that wins is user
frustration. Other suffixes used in Amiga Forever are .rp9, .hdf, .adf and .rom.
Ideally, each distribution which has one or more documentation files
would also contain an index.html or index.htm file which links all the files
together, whether they are text or HTML files. Complex projects, like UAE,
could have an index file for each component maintained by a different
person, whether that be the base UAE documentation, the Polish translation,
or the Windows port. Once a standard is agreed on for the directory
containing each index file, nobody would have to worry any more about broken
links, and the same files could be used both in the regular distribution,
and for online reading.
It is recommended not to embed version names in the names of executable
files. If the file name for the emulation software executable remains
constant, the user's scripts and links will continue to work properly even
after upgrades to the software.
Emulation settings files which are redistributed should not contain paths
which are absolute to a certain drive on the machine on which they were
created. For example, on a Windows computer, the "Work" volume should be
mounted as "%AMIGAFOREVERDATA%\Shared\dir\Work", and not as "C:\MyPrograms\Emulation\Shared\dir\Work".
This makes it possible for settings files to be used on different computers
and configurations. Similarly, on a run-from-CD compilation the "Work"
volume should be mounted as "..\Shared\dir\Work", rather than as
Emulation code, add-ons and configurations should work properly even on a
read-only medium. This makes it possible to publish a configuration on a
CD, and use it without installing it. Many work and school environments
have security policies about installing software which make running
applications from CD a rare but very appreciated feature. Cover CDs are also
a case where users might prefer to run applications directly from CD.
The Amiga Forever player supports "virtual writing", i.e. for
games and other applications that require write access to a disk
in order to start or otherwise properly, it provides virtual
read/write images (feature supported for ADF, ADZ, HDF and HDZ -
if running from read-only media, change are lost at the end of
the emulation session).