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RetroArch, free open-source front-end for emulators, game engines, released version 1.7.9 a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and higher.

RetroArch 1.7.9 includes big QoL (Quality of Life) improvements for mobile users. Features include:

  • Touchscreen gestures support for the XMB and MaterialUI menu
  • Add Auto-Rotate Overlay option under settings.
  • AI SERVICE: Image mode is now much faster
  • Add Wiimote lightgun support.
  • Fix touchscreen/lightgun issues for Linux udev.
  • GLDirect (D3D9 to OGL1.1 wrapper) support
  • Numerous other changes. See release note for details.

How to Install RetroArch 1.7.9 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, the RetroArch 1.7.9 snap package (runs in sandbox) can be simply installed from Ubuntu Software utility.

The software is available as Flatpak package, which also runs in sandbox.

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, Ubuntu 19.10, RetroArch 1.7.9 can be also installed via native .deb packages from PPA repository.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libretro/stable

Type your password (no asterisk 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-*

Uninstall:

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.

RetroArch, the official frontend for the libretro API, released version 1.7.8 a day ago with OCR and Text To Speech services.

RetroArch enables you to run classic games on a wide range of computers and consoles through its slick graphical interface.

The latest 1.7.8 release brings new AI service. After setup the server URL (local network or public IP/URL), and bound a button or key via Settings > Input > Hotkeys, you can use the AI service in two mode:

  • Speech Mode – Press hotkey to read out the text currently on the screen.
  • Image Mode – Press hotkey to pause the game and wait for text translation to come back. Press again to continue.

For more details, see the official release note.

How to Install RetroArch 1.7.8 in Ubuntu:

RetroArch can be installed via Libretro Stable PPA, Snap package, or Flatpak package.

As Libretro Stable PPA and Snap package are not updated at the moment, here’s how to install RetroArch 1.7.8 via the Flatpak package in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu.

When terminal opens, paste command below and hit run to install flatpak framework:

sudo apt-get install flatpak

2. Add flathub repository, which contains the RetroArch flatpak package:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

4. Finally install it via command:

flatpak install flathub org.libretro.RetroArch

Once installed, launch the software from application menu and enjoy!

Uninstall:

To remove RetroArch flatpak package, run command in terminal:

flatpak uninstall org.libretro.RetroArch

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-*

Uninstall:

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.

RetroArch now has official snap packages to make it easy to install it in 64-bit and/or armhf versions of Ubuntu 16.04 and higher.

RetroArch is a front-end for emulators, game engines and media players that designed to be fast, lightweight, portable and without dependencies.

It enables you to run classic games on a wide range of computers and consoles through its slick graphical interface. Settings are also unified so configuration is done once and for all.

RetroArch has advanced features like shaders, netplay, rewinding, and more!

The Libretro Team announced the snap packages for RetroArch, so you can easily install it in Ubuntu Software Center (need login)

or open terminal and run a single command:

sudo snap install retroarch

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

Once installed, open it from application launcher and enjoy!

Uninstall:

To remove the snap package, either use Ubuntu Software app, or run command:

sudo snap remove retroarch

In addition, for those who prefer traditional .deb packages, a stable PPA is available with RetroArch packages for all current Ubuntu releases.

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RetroArch is an open source, modular, multi-system frontend for the libretro API that is designed to be fast, lightweight, and portable. It emulates nearly every classic gaming console on your machine.

For Ubuntu users, there’s now an official PPA repository that contains RetroArch and Libretro core libraries. Here’s some of them:

  • Yabause – Sega Saturn Emulator
  • VBA-M, VBA-NEXT (optimized port of VBA-M)
  • TGB DUAL Emulator
  • Stella – Atari 2600 VCS Emulator
  • Snes9x, Snes9x-next (optimized port of Snes9x 1.52+)
  • QuickNES NES emulator
  • ProSystem – emulator for Atari – 7800
  • PPSSPP – PSP emulator
  • Virtual Boy
  • Neo Geo Pocket Color
  • PCSX ReARMed
  • GBA
  • and more…

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Install RetroArch in Ubuntu:

There is now an official PPA repository for RetroArch and Libretro core libraries, currently supports Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint 17, eOS Freya.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal from the Dash/Menu (or press Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libretro/stable

2. After adding the PPA, update system cache and install a full RetroArch environment as well as all available cores by running below commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install retroarch retroarch-* libretro-*