How to install RetroPie on a Raspberry Pi 3

What is RetroPie for Raspberry Pi computers

RetroPie is a combined group of projects including RetroArch (, EmulationStation (, and many other helpful tools to run emulators for old school / retro games.


Where to get RetroPie

Visit and get RetroPie

Download the SD image for your version of Raspberry Pi 0/1 (Model A, A+, B, B+) and there is a version for Raspberry Pi 2/3

How to install the RetroPie SD card image

To install the RetroPie SD image on your MicroSD card. (You may need a MicroSD card reader to plug it into your computer)

  1. For Windows you can use a 
    1. Etcher ( or 
    2. Win32DiskImager (
  2. For macOS you can use 
    1. Etcher  (  or 
    2. Apple Pi Baker (
  3. For Linux you can use dd command or 
    1. Etcher  (

First steps after booting your MicroSD RetroPie image

Configure Your Controllers

Hold a button on your controller to begin the configuration.

Enabling Wi-fi

Set your country

    1. Choose RetroPie
    2. Select Raspi-Config in the RetroPie menu
    3. Go to 4. Localisation Options
    4. I4 Change Wi-fi country


  • Select your country (US United States)


Connect to Wi-Fi


  1. Choose RetroPie
  2. Select RetroPie Setup
  3. C - Configuration/Tools
  4. 841 wifi - Configure Wifi
  5. 1. Connect to Wifi
  6. Choose network SSID
  7. Enter wifi key/password

Enabling SSH

    1. Choose RetroPie
    2. Select Raspi-Config in the RetroPie menu
    3. Go to 5. Interfacting Options
    4. P2 SSH - Enable/Disable remote command line access to your Pi using SSH


  • Enable


Connect via SSH

You may have to reboot after enabling SSH!

Find your Raspberry Pi IP address

  1. Choose RetroPie
  2. Select  Show IP
    1. Write this number down or remember it. Example:

Connect to your Raspberry Pi via SSH

  1. Open a terminal window
  2. Type this command
    1. ssh pi@your_ip_address
      1. Example: ssh pi@
    2. Are you sure you want to continue connecting? 
      1. Type yes
    3. Enter the default password: raspberry

Copy your roms to your Raspberry Pi

SSH or SFTP to your Raspberry Pi and copy them into the correct directories / folders.

Put your roms into the correct system folders within this directory:



What emulators and arcades does RetroPie support?

Here is a list of emulators RetroPie supports:


Arcade Systems


Need more help with RetroPie?

Visit the RetroPie Docs to see help with your First Installation


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