Thank you Libretro!


I want to say thanks as well. Since I discovered that Retroarch could work on KMS Linux mode, it changed my view to play video games. I can use an old laptop to play every old system as I can. The best thing is that it has a smooth synchronization on KMS mode.

So, again thanks for making it this possible.


I can’t even look at another emulator. I’ve not looked back since I downloaded Retroarch nearly a year ago. A ton of new features have been added even since then. SNES9x 2010 and 2005 versions were a very nice touch. It’s also nice to see the ROM community still thriving. Much of my childhood was spent with a 56k modem getting ROMs and playing them on ZSNES and Nester.


Hello, switched over from mgalaxy and maximus arcade and i have to say i love Retroarch for the following features:

-clean, fast GUI with many great features (the whole quickmenu-thing is superb!!!) -great emulation (many cores are totally useable out-of-the-box) -VERY stable (no crash, no freeze, no bluscreens) -quick and simple to use (can awake childhood memories within seconds without any trouble :slight_smile: )



Can’t hardly believe how nice RetroArch is! As a great fan of 80’s arcade games, and 90’s consoles, having this great software is really a blessing!

My greetings for every person who made this a real thing!



Many thanks to all the developers and people who provide support on these forums! I’ve been a fan of emulation since a friend showed me NESticle in the 90s (mind blown!), but RetroArch takes it to a whole new level. Playing my retro games in HD from the couch, accessed through this beautiful interface with nicely organized playlists and box arts, is a joy.

Thanks again and happy gaming to all!


Thanks to all the RetroArch team and community! Just got into this recently, really convenient compared to lots of separate programs, and a lot of fun. Impressive stuff!


Thank you for the wonderfully portable code and sensible build systems!


Thank you so much for making emulation a lot more accessible!


Although I’ve been emulating for many years, I started getting more serious in the beginning of last year. It started with me wanting to really get a handle on input lag, which is something that has bothered me over the years and still did on RetroPie which I was using at the time. Not only did RetroArch prove to have really good features to lower input lag, I was also able to make contributions to several of the cores (NES/SNES) that lowered the input lag further.

Once I had a handle on the input lag, I decided to drop RaspberryPi/RetroPie and go x86, mostly to get rid of the performance issues I had on the Pi when using input lag reducing options. The Pi simply wasn’t fast enough. I ended up building a custom mini-ITX system based on the Pentium J4205 low-power CPU. That CPU is passively cooled and approximately four times faster than the one in the Pi, along with having a faster integrated GPU as well. Here’s a photo of the system with the lid off:

Pretty basic looking, using an all metal industrial type case from Logic Supply. I prefer the utilitarian look to the plastic, gaudy stuff that’s otherwise so common these days. I also liked the fact that there’s only a power button and two USB ports in the front. Since the system is passively cooled and powered by an SSD, there are no moving parts.

Anyway, I set the system up using Ubuntu Server and RetroArch in DRM/KMS mode. I wrote some scripts to log me in automatically, set the CPU governor to “performance” and start RetroArch. I also wrote a script to limit RetroArch to 1920x1080 if the resolution of the connected screen is higher than 1080p, but otherwise use the native resolution. This was done for performance reasons if I attach a 4K screen, since running in 4K requires extra performance even just for handling the much larger rendered frame.

The system was setup and ready by November last year. However, I had two kids this summer and it got me thinking of how I could get them into some of my favorite retro games some day. I realized that my retrobox wouldn’t do, since all settings were exposed. It would probably take less than a day for a couple of young kids to corrupt the setup.

So, I decided to look into making RetroArch’s UI more configurable and to add a “kiosk mode” that would protect all settings. I started looking into this last month and recently (last week) completed the work and got it pulled into the project. Last night I updated my mini-ITX box with the new RetroArch version and configured it to have a super-clean UI experience that I would say resembles something you would actually buy as a product. From the main menu, you pretty much only have access to the playlists and an option to quit. From the Quick Menu, I’ve chosen to go with the bare minimum, which is to have access to save/load state. No distractions and no options to tweak, just games. I think it’s awesome! Here’s a couple of screens that show what it looks like (although I’m using a different color theme now):

With all this said, I just want to extend a BIG thank you to everyone involved in RetroArch/Lakka that has made something like this possible! I’ve had plans of creating a really slick “fixed”, console-like setup with a nice interface and low input lag for years and RetroArch has finally enabled that for me. In the process, I got to contribute which was fun and will hopefully be of benefit to others as well. :slight_smile:

Looking forward to future developments!


Damn man, that’s pretty slick. Although it’s not exactly something I have a use for currently since I use Launchbox on a Windows PC I love seeing people doing stuff like this.
Any plans to release this to the public ?
P.S. Thanks for your input lag testing and contributions to getting it lower on the NES and SNES cores.


I think it’s safe to say you can thank yourself too for implementing that nice feature everyone can enjoy now.
Don’t be too hard with your kids making them start with NES Batman, give them some time to improve their skills! :kissing:

@lordmonkus It’s already part of the nightly build.


Ahh nice, I generally don’t bother with the nightly builds.


That’s really great to hear, and we appreciate the work you’ve put in, as well!

My daughter just turned three and is becoming more interested in video games, though she still doesn’t really get the concept of a win-condition yet… One of her little friends has been playing Super Mario Run, which that girl’s mother suggested as a way to introduce and instill the whole “run to the right” convention.


I didn’t say thank you on this way. It was on the frontpage.

Since I started to use it back 2015 I left the others standalone versions away.

Recently this year I have been using Retroarch in KMS/DRM mode by using an old laptop computer. I made a setup with Archlinux, it login automatically, it has an ssh server to allow me remote control. Hence, i can put games in it, start retroarch or simple shutdown :slight_smile:

So guys, I whatever people who are involved on this developer I want to say, THANKS YOU.


Thank you! I love this program!


Thanks to everyone that made this emulation revolution a reality.

What if there was a way to offload the OS specific programming of a GUI, Drivers, and feature integration into a standardized platform that created a level of obfuscation that allowed emulation developers to focus on making the best possible core without re-inventing the wheel? RetroArch Anyone?

I think it’s going to be awhile before individual emulators disappear but perhaps a strong following of developers, dedication and focus, is what will propel the descendants of the RA emulation sandbox to truly be able to do it all.


thank the team for the new audio-emulation (+low pass filter) for Genesis Core. great work!!!


Thank you for this outstanding software! I’ve lost A LOT of sleep in the last week. Haha.

I am having a problem with the new version 1.6.9 though. I tried to post a new topic, but I guess since I just joined today I don’t have that option yet. Since updating from 1.6.7 my config files are screwed up, the default and core options. Instead of having a line by line file of all of the options everything is now in one giant paragraph. How do I fix this without starting over?


What program are you using to look at them? That happens sometimes when I look at them in Notepad, but Notepad++ always handles them better.


Yes, it was Notepad. I downloaded Notepad++ and it works fine now. Thanks.