RetroArch - Cross-platform classic games emulator

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Si you like classic games and want to play on your PC some of these games, you're probably thinking of more than one emulator at the same time, this can be a problem since to enjoy your favorite classic titles you have to install several emulators on your system.

Faced with this problem, today we are going to talk about RetroArch which is a great application that I'm sure will work for you. RetroArch is an interface for emulators, game engines and media players that is designed to be fast, light, portable and without dependencies. It has advanced features like shaders, netplay, and many more.

About RetroArch

RetroArch is an open source software, modular system, multi frontend for the libretro API. Libretro is a simple, yet powerful development interface that makes it easy to create emulators, games, and multimedia applications that can connect directly to any supported libretro frontend.

This is why RetroArch allows you to run classic games on a wide range of computers and consoles through its graphical interface. The configurations are also unified, so the configuration is done once and for all.

Among the most popular emulators that you will find in RetroArch we can highlight the following:

  • Dolphin
  • DOSBox
  • emux
  • Fuse
  • Genesis Plus GX
  • Hatari
  • M
  • MESS
  • Mupen64More
  • nestopia
  • PCSX1
  • PCSX ReARMed
  • PPSSPP

It has many others, but it is only to mention the most common, without further ado, it only remains for you to take advantage of this great program.

Now RetroArch has official packages to facilitate installation on 64-bit or armhf versions of Ubuntu 16.04 and higher, and on distros that support the Snap format.

How to install RetroArch on Linux?

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To install the RetroArch arcade emulator on Linux we will support each other with the installation through Snap, for it it is necessary to have the support of this technology installed on your system.

To install in our system, We simply have to open a terminal and execute the following command:

sudo snap install retroarch

And with this we only have to wait for it to download the necessary packages and wait for the installation to perform, this process may take a few minutes.

Once this is done, we simply go to our application menu and look for RetroArch to be able to run it on our system.

If you already have RetroArch installed by this method, you can update it with the following command:

sudo snap refresh retroarch

Yes now they will use their keyboard and mouse to play their favorite titles they should not have any problemEven if you use a remote control via Bluetooth connection, RetroArch must recognize it and allow you to configure it without any problem.

Although If you are going to use a remote connected via USB, you will probably have some setback that RetroArch doesn't recognize it.

That is why they should add extra support for this. They must open a terminal and execute the following commands:

sudo snap connect retroarch:raw-usb

sudo snap connect retroarch:joystick

Now RetroArch should already recognize the USB control which can already be configured in the application.

How to configure Key Mapping in RetroArch?

To configure the controller or action keys in RetroArch We must go to the following path, Settings> Input.

Already being inside the menu we will find the different options to be able to configure the controls inside RetroArch, the commands are named Input User Binds, where each one corresponds to the configuration independently of each command.

We have two ways to do it, either manually or by assigning one by one within the list with the help of User 1 Bind All.

User 1 Bind All what it will do is a small process of assigning the map of the keys, the name of the button or command will be shown on the screen, we just have to press the button on our remote that we want that function to be assigned to it.

How to uninstall RetroArch?

If you want to remove this application from your system, what you should do is open a terminal and execute the following command:

sudo snap remove retroarch

And ready with it they already eliminated this application.


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