Are you a Linux user who wants to relive the nostalgia of classic games?
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Look no further than RetroArch, a free and open-source frontend that can emulate games from a wide range of platforms, including Arcade, Atari, Commodore, DOS, GBA, PSP, and more.
Installing RetroArch on Linux is simple and straightforward, and there are several ways to go about it depending on your Linux distribution. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps for installing RetroArch on Ubuntu/Mint, Arch Linux/Manjaro, and Fedora. We’ll also cover how to download and install game cores and content, so you can start playing your favorite classic games in no time.
Installing RetroArch on Ubuntu/Mint
RetroArch is available in most Linux distribution repositories, but it can be outdated in some, such as Ubuntu. The easiest way to install the latest version is through RetroArch’s official Ubuntu PPA. To add the PPA, open a terminal and run the following command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libretro/stable
Then, to either install or update RetroArch, run the following command:
sudo apt install retroarch*
Installing RetroArch on Arch Linux/Manjaro and Fedora
The software in Arch Linux is typically up-to-date, so you can easily install RetroArch via the system package manager or terminal. Run the following command:
sudo pacman -Sy retroarch
For Fedora, use this command instead:
sudo dnf install retroarch
Installing RetroArch via Flatpak
If you’re using a Linux distribution that doesn’t have RetroArch in its repositories, you can still get the latest release using the universal Flatpak package. Follow the setup guide for your system and then run the following command in the terminal:
flatpak install flathub org.libretro.RetroArch
Downloading and Installing Cores and Content
Once you’ve installed RetroArch, open it from your system’s application launcher. From there, navigate to “Main Menu -> Online Updater” and then “Core System Files Downloader.” Download all the system files required for core operation. Then, update assets, controller profiles, cheats, database, overlays, GLSL shaders, and other elements. Finally, go to “Content Downloader” and download your desired game files.
With these simple steps, you can easily install and set up RetroArch on your Linux machine, and start reliving the nostalgia of classic games in no time!
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