RetroArch 1.7.0 Released! How to Install it via PPA in Ubuntu

January 1, 2018 — Leave a comment

RetroArch game emulator reached the 1.7.0 release a few days ago with tons of changes. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10 via PPA.

RetroArch 1.7.0 release highlights:

  • Integrated Bliss-box 4-Play support
  • Badges for achievements
  • Improved lightgun support
  • Windows 95/Windows 98 (non-SE) support
  • Many important improvements for PlayStation3 port
  • New menu shader effects
  • PSP port works again
  • Wii U port works again
  • Automatic scanning of content
  • See the release note for more.

How to Install RetroArch 1.7.0 in Ubuntu:

There’s a stable PPA repository that contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and their derivatives.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libretro/stable

Type your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. After that, you can install RetroArch and a list of games either via Synaptic Package Manager, or by running commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install retroarch libretro-*


To remove the software, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove retroarch libretro-*

And remove the PPA repository by launching “Software & Updates” utility and navigating to “Other Software” tab.

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