Getting Started

Peripheral Emulation

CraftOS-PC features a robust peripheral emulation system. It can emulate many peripherals available in ComputerCraft, making them available through the peripheral API. Peripherals can be attached to a computer either from the shell or in Lua.

Here are the peripherals currently available in CraftOS-PC:

From the shell

To attach a peripheral from the shell, you can use the "attach" command. It takes two arguments: the side or ID of the peripheral (left, 1, monitor_4), and the type of peripheral to attach. (Some peripherals, such as drive, support a third argument; these are described later.) The peripheral will then be attached to the computer. It can then be used with any program that uses peripherals, such as the "monitor" command.

Peripherals can be detached using the "detach" command. This takes just one argument: the side/ID of the peripheral to detach. The peripheral will then be removed from the computer.

From Lua

The periphemu API provides low-level access to the peripheral emulation layer. The periphemu.create(side, type[, path]) function attaches a peripheral to the computer. It returns a boolean telling whether the peripheral was successfully attached. Peripherals can be detached with periphemu.remove(side), which also returns a boolean saying whether the peripheral was able to be removed.


  • boolean periphemu.create(string side, string type[, string path]): Creates a new peripheral.
    • side: The side of the new peripheral
    • type: One of the supported peripheral types
    • path: If creating a printer, the local path to the output file
    • Returns: true on success, false on failure (already exists)
  • boolean periphemu.remove(string side): Removes a peripheral.
    • side: The side to remove
    • Returns: true on success, false on failure (already removed)
  • table periphemu.names(): Returns a list of available peripheral types.

Special peripherals

Some peripherals have special options that can be specified as the third argument to "attach" or periphemu.create.

  • drive peripherals accept a third argument that sets the initial mounted path in the drive. This can be either a global path to a folder or audio file, a number specifying a disk ID, or a namespaced ID in the form <type>:<path>.
    • These are the available namespaces as of v2.5.2:
      • treasure:<path>
      • record:<name>
      • computer:<id>
    • There is a new method on the drive called insertDisk that allows you to change the mount without reattaching the peripheral. This method is also exported through the disk API.
  • printer peripherals require a third argument specifying where the printed output will be stored. This should be the full (real) path to the target PDF file, or a directory if using a custom build without PDF support.
  • modem peripherals accept a third argument that sets the network ID for the modem. This allows having multiple modem networks running parallel to each other without being able to communicate with each other.
  • chest peripherals accept a third argument specifying whether they emulate a double (true) or single (false) chest.
  • energy peripherals can take a third argument specifying the maximum energy count, and a fourth argument with a list of additional types to add to the peripheral.
  • tank peripherals can take a third argument specifying the number of tanks, a fourth argument specifying the size of each tank, and a fifth argument with a list of additional types to add to the peripheral.

Speaker sounds

The speaker peripheral comes with some open-source sounds for use with the playNote function. It does not have any sounds that are available from the playSound function, but these can easily be added in from a resource pack or your own copy of Minecraft. Sound packs can be placed in the sounds/ directory in the installation directory, next to rom and bios.lua. These use the same format as Minecraft resource packs, and must contain a sounds.json file, and a folder named sounds that contains the actual sound files.

To add in Minecraft sounds from an assets directory, you must deobfuscate the object files. You can use this Python tool that I wrote to convert the objects into the required format. It expects the path to your assets directory (.minecraft/assets), the major.minor version number to extract (1.15), and the output directory to write to. After extracting, copy sounds.json and sounds/ from the resources to sounds/minecraft/ in the ROM directory. Once this is done, all Minecraft sounds will be available to use in playSound. The default note sounds will also be replaced with the official Minecraft sounds.

Speaker playAudio emulation differences

CraftOS-PC implements the playAudio method on speakers a bit differently from CC:T. In CraftOS-PC, all audio is stored in a queue, and queueing audio never fails. This audio is played back immediately, and the speaker_audio_empty event is queued as soon as playback finishes. Because of this, some programs that expect playAudio to fail when full may run faster than expected. The behavior of CC:T can be restored by enabling standards mode.

Special speaker functions

  • table speaker.listSounds(): Returns a hierarchical list of all sounds available to playSound.
  • nil speaker.playLocalMusic(string path[, number volume]): Plays a local music file.
    • path: The path to the music file
    • volume: The volume of the music, from 0.0 to 3.0.
  • nil speaker.setSoundFont(string path): Sets the path to the active soundfont, if supported. (Experimental)
    • path: The path to the SF2 file

Special drive functions

  • nil drive.insertDisk(string/number path): Replaces the loaded disk with the specified resource.
    • path: Either a disk ID or path to load
      • If number: Mounts the floppy disk (<save dir>/computer/disk/<id>) to /disk[n]
      • If path to directory: Mounts the real path specified to /disk[n]
      • If path to file: Loads the file as an audio disc (use disk.playAudio or the "dj" command)
    • record:<name>: Mounts the specified music disk from the speaker sounds
    • treasure:<author>/<name>: Mounts a treasure disk. Treasure disks can be placed in treasure in the CraftOS-PC ROM directory.