batocera.linux

batocera.linux is an operating system (like Windows 10 and Mac OS) specialized in retrogaming
available for your pc and different nano computers like the Raspberry and the Odroids.
Note that you must own games you play in order to respect legality.

batocera.linux is plug and play. Start, plug your pads, play.
It can be installed on a standard usb key so that you can play on any computer without altering it.
On Raspberry and Odroid, you should use a standard sdcard to install it.

Kodi Media Center

The famous and lovely Kodi Media Center is part of batocera.linux.
Are you bored about games today? No problem, it's time to watch your favorite series & movies in just one remote control key !

Odroid Support

batocera.linux includes exclusive builds for Odroid C2 & Odroid XU4 devices.

Supported Systems (by architecture)

Software Rpi 0 Rpi 1 Rpi 2 Rpi 3 Odroid XU4 Odroid C2 PC (x86) PC (x86_64)
Amstrad cpc
Apple II
Atari 2600
...........................
  • Working
  • lower performances for some games on this board
  • Low performances but playable
  • Not working or unplayable
  • require overclocking
  • > > >
  • *1 : imame4all - romset 0.37b5
  • *2 : on tv hdmi 1 only
  • *3 : requires an OpenGL >=3.0 GPU
  • *4 : requires an OpenGL >=3.1 GPU
Software Rpi 0 Rpi 1 Rpi 2 Rpi 3 Odroid XU4 Odroid C2 PC (x86) PC (x86_64)
Amiga 1200
Amiga 600
Amstrad cpc
Apple II
Atari 2600
Atari 7800
Atari ST
CaveStory
Commodore 64
ColecoVision??????
Dreamcast *4 *4
FDS (Family Disk System)
Final Burn Alpha
Game & Watch
Game Boy Color
Game Gear
Game Boy
Game Boy Advance
GameCube *3
Jaguar
Lutro
Lynx
Mame *1 *1
Master System
Megadrive
Moonlight ???
MSX 1-2-2+
MSX1
MSX2+
Neo Geo
Neo Geo Pocket B&W
Neo Geo Pocket Color
Nintendo
Nintendo 64
Odyssey 2
Dos
PC Engine
PC Engine CD
Playstation
Playstation portable
PR Boom
Scumm VM
Sega 32 X
Sega CD
Sega SG 1000
Sega Saturn
Super Nintendo
Nintendo DS
Supergrafx
Vectrex
Virtual Boy
Wii *3
Wonderswan B&W
Wonderswan Color
ZX Spectrum
ZX81
Kodi
Others not fully working Rpi 0 Rpi 1 Rpi 2 Rpi 3 Odroid XU4 Odroid C2 PC (x86) PC (x86_64)
Gamepad : Wiimote and Wiimote Classical Controller Extension
Gamepad : xinmo???
Boot animation (omxplayer)
Linux Kernel (Hardware support)4.44.44.44.43.103.144.94.9
Internal bluetoothN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Internal IRN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
High temperatures issues
HDMI CEC (kodi remote control) *2N/AN/A

News

2017/10/10 - batocera.linux 5.10 - release

  • rpi3 overclocking options
  • system: update to buildroot 201708
  • system: update to kodi 17.3
  • psp: fix select when it's a hotkey
  • c64: add the commodore64 emulator
  • fix some joystick issues
  • ctrl+alt+f4 switches on alsamixer (to control sound in an advanced way)
  • upgrading retroarch
  • xu4: add nintendo ds (desmume)
  • several bugs fixed

2017/09/06 - batocera.linux 5.9 - release

  • system: new video output option (for multiple outputs computer, plugged on the tv via hdmi)
  • system: make the overlay rw by default (instead of ro)
  • system: change the hostname to batocera
  • system: change the default root password to linux
  • system: installer script (recalbox-install.sh, not yet on the gui)
  • xu4: upgrade the mali driver
  • emulator: fix reicast fps under some circonstances
  • emulator: reicast hotkeys : hotkey+start is required to quit the game
  • emulator: ppsspp hotkeys : quit, save, load, menu
  • emulator: upgrade mame2003 (fixing a sound issue)
  • emulator: fix shaders on x86*
  • emulator: enable rewinding for sega cd, virtualboy, psx, fba, mame, vectrex
  • emulator: add mame2010 for rpi2
  • multimedia: add libaccs, libdvdcss, x265 for a better media support
  • multimedia: fix the kodi joystick mapping in some cases

2017/06/25 - batocera.linux 5.8 - release

  • fix some pads not working with kodi (mainly xbox 360)

2017/06/04 - batocera.linux 5.7 - release

  • technical upgrade (buildroot 201704, gcc 5.4)
  • rpi*: bump to linux 4.9
  • support of the rapsberry pi zero W (including wifi and bluetooth)
  • removal of recalbox-api and recalbox-manager
  • update of virtual gamepad
  • nes: map x and y to b and a for convenience (fceunext & quicknes)
  • new libretro-beetle-psx core
  • psx: remove the .bin extension. please use .cue.
  • kodi 17.1
  • fix dreamcast (players, vmu, config)
  • psp: fixes
  • bump reicast
  • mount sdcards
  • pt_PT language

2017/04/21 - batocera.linux 5.6 - release

  • x86* : add nintendo ds (desmume)
  • rpi3: add mame2010
  • add an automatic scraping menu using sselph/scraper and screenscraper
  • bios missing listed in a new menu in game menu
  • add temperature and battery information when available in the information menu
  • wii: system language configured automatically
  • wii: ratio is automatically set to 16/9. If you explicitly set it to 4/3 in option, it will take it.
  • gamecube: language set from the batocera system language
  • psx: update and fix
  • support file can be generated from the system menu
  • some emulators upgraded
    • libretro-beetle-wswan
    • libretro-cap32
    • libretro-catsfc
    • libretro-gw
    • libretro-gambatte
    • libretro-picodrive
    • libretro-pocketsnes
    • mupen64plus-video-glide64mk2

2017/03/18 - batocera.linux 5.5 - release

  • fix playstation 1

2017/03/17 - batocera.linux 5.4 - release

  • wii/gamecube: add hotkeys (exit, pause, screenshot, save/load state)
  • wii/gamecube: support for 3d tv (hotkey + r1)
  • add scummmvm for x86*
  • add the Jaguar emulator for x86* xu4 c2
  • add nintendo 64 gliden renderer for xu4, not as default while it's not centered but better n64 rendering (change it in advanced options menu)
  • system menu: add system informations in the system menu
  • x86*: add a file manager callable by pressing f1
  • fix: the external drives names
  • fix: disable the x11 screensaver in some cases
  • fix: gamecube pads (some were not working)
  • x86*: add the xrandr tool (for screen resolution/rotation)

2017/02/19 - batocera.linux 5.3 - release

  • Upgrade several emulators
  • Fix the autosave function
  • Fix randomly blinking black borders on x86*
  • New logo
  • Better video card support on x86*
  • Several minor fixes
  • Backup from the system menu
    • backup is from internal to external, external to external or external to internal
    • backup are differential : if you redo a backup, it will change only changed files
    • you can use the backup as an external device
    • to restore, boot on the backup, and restore on the internal device
Special thanks to Vincent, GĂ©rard and Antoine for the new logo.

2017/01/30 - batocera.linux 5.2 - release

  • saturn emulator for x86/x86_64 (yabause)
  • snes9x emulator (by default on xu4, change it if you have saves to load)
  • ps1 emulator upgraded to support 3 players or more
  • psp emulator upgraded and fixed when a video is played (except for the odroid c2)
  • mame2010 for xu4/x86/x86_64
  • choose the sound card from the menu (x86/x86_64)
  • fix the web manager
  • download percentage during the upgrade process
  • fix the automatic upgrade process (see the manual upgrade in the wiki section if needed)
Due to the new download urls and a bug, automatic upgrades are broken and fixed for the next version. You can however manually upgrade using this way.

2017/01/04 - batocera.linux 5.1 - release

  • Technical upgrade to buildroot (december 2016)
  • Linux kernel 4.9 (more supported hardware)
  • HDD driver compiled into the kernel (you can now install batocera.linux on an HDD)
  • Fix Atari ST
Due to the new download urls and a bug, automatic upgrades are broken and fixed for the next version. You can however manually upgrade using this way.

2016/12/26 - batocera.linux

  • recalbox.remix becomes batocera.linux.
  • A batocera rufomaculata is an insect of the coleoptera order that my son dreams to capture for his collection.

2016/12/12 - squashfs/overlayfs

  • Note: this version is the first one with real wiimotes working on x86_64 architectures.
  • Recalbox.remix is now mainly 3 files on the USB key/SD card (SD CARD CONTENT -grub) :
  • - /boot/linux (os system, ~5/10mb)
    - /boot/recalbox (root filesystem, ~350mb)
    - /boot/initrd.gz (technical file needed to start the recalbox file from linux ~500kb)

2016/11/14 - play Wii with real wiimotes

The real wiimote is now working thanks to the Dolphin emulator.

2016/10/31 - Recalbox live USB on x86_64 (Alpha 4)

Add Grub to be able to boot from a legacy bios.

2016/10/29 - Recalbox on Odroid C2 (Alpha 2)

N64, lirc, virtual keyboard supports are added.

2016/10/17 - Recalbox on Odroid C2 (first Alpha)

I built a first Alpha for the Odroid C2 for people who are interested to test it.
I've made Kodi working, which was not that easy while Kodi 16 doesn't support aarch64 and while Kodi 17 isn't out. I've found the 2 mini commits to backports the changes and make it work.

2016/10/01 - Recalbox live usb on x86_64 : GameCube and Wii

The ports on x86 and x86_64 are almost done. I'm including the GameCube and the Wii into Recalbox.

2016/07/28 - Recalbox live usb - progress

I'm working on my next Recalbox port : PC. There is still a lot of work.

2016/06/23 - N64 pad precision - next releases

Can't really play to Golden Eyes 007 ? Effectively, the pad precision configuration is not well defined in current releases. I'm fixing it for the next releases.

2016/06/23 - Odroid XU4 Release - release

This is the first stable version for the Odroid XU4. You can get the full details of what is supported here. This is compiled from the official recalbox sources. Once installed, don't forget to configure your recalbox.conf to upgrade from this website (see previous post).

2016/06/21 - Network shares - advanced configuration

You've not enough space on your sdcard or on your usbkey ? You can now use your nas (like a freebox) as a usbkey (not from the graphical interface for the moment). You need to edit the /boot/recalbox-boot.conf file like this :

        sharedevice=NETWORK
        sharenetwork_nfs1=ROMS@192.168.0.1:/mnt/Documents/recalbox/roms
        sharenetwork_nfs2=SAVES@192.168.0.1:/mnt/Documents/recalbox/saves
        sharenetwork_nfs3=BIOS@192.168.0.1:/mnt/Documents/recalbox/bios
        #sharenetwork_smb1=SHARE@192.168.0.1:Documents/recalbox:guest
                                        

Download

Architecture Version Release Date Download Link
Computer (x86 64 bits) batocera.linux 5.10 2017/10/04
Computer (x86 32 bits) batocera.linux 5.10 2017/10/12
Raspberry Pi 0 & 1 & Zero W batocera.linux 5.10 2017/10/06
Raspberry Pi 2 batocera.linux 5.10 2017/10/06
Raspberry Pi 3 batocera.linux 5.10 2017/10/06
Odroid XU4 batocera.linux 5.10 2017/10/06
Odroid C2 batocera.linux 5.10 2017/10/10

Installation Guide

  1. Download Etcher for your OS
  2. Download an image file from the download section
  3. Install and run Etcher
  4. Extract recalbox.img.gz (gz is like zip, ie it's a compressed file)
    Warning : some browsers like Opera/Chrome/Safari take the liberty to unzip the file by themself and badly rename them. If the file is more than 1GB, it is already unzipped.
  5. Insert a usb key or a sdcard on your computer
  6. Select the image and the drive in Etcher like on the following screenshot and click on Flash!
  7. Once finished, go on your usb key/sdcard and check that it looks like this :

FAQ

  • Question: the system boots, but it's very slow !!!

    Answer: not 100% of the computers are supported. When the interface is slow, it is because your graphical cards is not supported under Linux. There is nothing to do for this computer.

  • Question: the system won't boot and complains about security

    Answer: some computers are "secured" to boot only on some systems like Windows. Go in the bios/efi setup and disable secure boot.