RetroArch is a modular, command-line driven, multi-system emulator that is designed to be fast, lightweight, and portable. Some of its features can be found on few other emulators, such as real-time rewinding and game-aware shading based on the libretro API.
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Each libretro core package will install a library to
/usr/lib/libretro/. The syntax to choose one when executing retroarch is:
$ retroarch --libretro /usr/lib/libretro/libretro-core.so path/to/rom
A default emulation core can be defined in the configuration, obviating the need to specify it on every run.
libretro_path = "/usr/lib/libretro/libretro-core.so"
RetroArch provides a very well commented skeleton configuration file located at
Copy the skeleton configuration file to your home directory
$ cp /etc/retroarch.cfg ~/.config/retroarch/retroarch.cfg
It supports split configuration files using the
#include "foo.cfg" directive within the main configuration file,
retroarch.cfg. This can be overridden using the
--appendconfig /path/to/config parameter and is beneficial if different keybinds, video configurations or audio settings are required for the various implementations.
Recent versions of RetroArch have introduced a built-in menu for updating core files and various assets from the RetroArch Buildbot. It can be accessed from the main menu at Online Updater.
Core Updater Update Core Info Files Update Assets Update Autoconfig Profiles Update Cheats Update Databases Update Overlays Update GLSL Shaders
These cores and assets are kept up to date and can be pulled from the updater at any time.
No cores found
By default RetroArch will attempt to find cores in
/usr/lib/libretro/. Cores downloaded using the built-in Online Updater will fail to save unless retroarch is run as root (not recommended, as it may overwrite cores installed by pacman), since the user does not have permission to modify this directory. To use cores from the Online Updater, edit these lines:
libretro_directory = "~/.config/retroarch/cores" libretro_info_path = "~/.config/retroarch/cores/info"
/etc/retroarch.cfg and make sure that
menu_show_core_updater is set to
true. This should then allow you to update cores in the Online Updater menu and download cores in the Load Core menu.
Input devices do not operate
You may encounter problems if running on a CLI or a display server other than Xorg or if you use the udev input driver, because
/dev/input nodes are limited to root-only access. Try adding your user to the "input" group then logging in again.
Alternatively, manually add a rule in
KERNEL=="event*", NAME="input/%k", MODE="666" as its contents. Reload udev rules by running:
# udevadm control --reload-rules
If rebooting the system or replugging the devices are not options, permissions may be forced using:
# chmod 666 /dev/input/event*
Poor video performance
If poor video performance is met, RetroArch may be run on a separate thread by setting
video_threaded = true in
This is, however, a solution that should be not be used if tweaking RetroArch's video resolution/refresh rate fixes the problem, as it makes perfect V-Sync impossible, and slightly increases latency.