Retropie – Not Just For Raspberry Pi

Hello readers,

While the retro gaming world collectively download roms and argue about legality some gamers are wondering whether or not to purchase a raspberry pi 3 to commit to retro gaming.

It’s Linux And Windows Compatible – No Pi Required

What you need is essentially this link. Also worth mentioning that if you are using Linux Mint 18 or any other Ubuntu based installation of Linux these instructions work just fine.

Or, compile the latest version yourself.

Make sure everything is up to date

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade


Install dependencies

sudo apt-get install -y libsdl2-dev libboost-system-dev libboost-filesystem-dev libboost-date-time-dev libboost-locale-dev libfreeimage-dev libfreetype6-dev libeigen3-dev libcurl4-openssl-dev libasound2-dev libgl1-mesa-dev build-essential cmake git


Download the latest source

git clone


Compile and install it

cd EmulationStation
git checkout unstable
cmake .
sudo make install

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