RetroPie Installation & Configuration Complete Setup

In this segment, we are going to “Install & Configure RetroPie on Raspberry Pi All Models

What is RetroPie?

RetroPie allows you to turn your Raspberry Pi or PC into a retro-gaming machine. It builds upon Raspbian, EmulationStation, RetroArch, and many other projects to enable you to play your favorite Arcade, home-console, and classic PC games with the minimum set-up. For power users, it also provides a large variety of configuration tools to customize the system as you want.


Software Required :

Equipment Required Optional
Raspberry Pi Raspberry Pi 4 Case
SD_Card SD Card
Raspberry Pi Keyboard
Ethernet Ethernet Cable Mouse
Charger Power Adapter    
GamePad GamePad    
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Downloading & Installing “RetroPie for RaspberryPi”

Formatting the SD Card

  • Now, We need an SD Card Formatter tool to format the SD card.
  • Once, the card is plugged in, It will automatically detect by the computer then you need to click on format to format the Card.
SD Card Formatter

Flashing the SD Card

  • After the SD card formatted successfully then we use Etcher and flash the RetroPie image to SD card.

Insert the SD Card to Raspberry Pi

  • Once the card successfully got flashed then plug it in the Raspberry Pi. It will directly take you to Welcome Screen.
  • That will ask you to configure your Keyboard or GamePad if that is connected.
  • Now, follow the on-screen guide to configure your Keyboard or your GamePad.

Setup WiFi Connection RetroPie

  • Now, we need to press the A button from the controller to access the RetroPie menu.
    Then we need to navigate to WiFi and hit A again to access the WiFi option.
  • After that, we can choose the network of our choice by selecting the option Connect to a WiFi network.
  • Once it’s done you can navigate to Show IP option and press A to check the IP Address assign to RetroPie.
  • Then make a note of the IP Address for future use.

Move Game Rom’s to RetroPie / Network

  • Now, as we have the IP Address of our RetroPie we can use it to transfer ROMs to RetroPie.
  • First of all, we need to open the RUN box on the Windows computer and type the IP Address as shown in the picture.
  • Or, you can use \\retropie in the RUN box or in the Explorer Address Bar to access the Roms folder.
  • After that, you will be able to see these folders, where ROMs folder is the important one.
  • Then we need to open the ROMs folder and we will greet with all the popular ROMs folders.
  • Now, you are all set to move your ROMs from the computer to RetroPie through Network.

Move Game Rom’s to RetroPie / USB

In Conclusion

  • Now, You are ready to use RetroPie on Raspberry Pi.
  • Enjoy using RetroPie and share your thoughts.  Smile (“_”)

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3 years ago

Can this system be run on a Windows PC instead of a Raspberry Pi?

3 years ago

Can you make a tut on RetroPIE install on Raspberrypi OS ?