Recalbox - Preparation and Setup

How to install your Recalbox

This page take the Raspberry Pi as example, some steps might be different for other systems.

You can install your Recalbox on several devices, while the most well-known is the Raspberry Pi (0, 1, 2, 3 and 3B+), Recalbox is also compatible with the Odroid (C2, XU4 and XU4Q), as well as several 32 and 64 bits computers.

What you'll need

We advise you to read the First use manual page and check if you have the required storage device and power supply for the chosen device.


Raspberry 0/0w/1/2/3

Odroid XU4/XU4Q

PC (32 or 64 bits)

Power supply

µUSB 2.5A (good quality)

Use the official Odroid power supply

Standard PC power supply



HDMI cable

HDMI / VGA, DVI and DP might work


USB, Bluetooth

USB, Bluetooth

USB, Bluetooth



ΜSD 8GB + Card class 10 Except Rpi1: SD

ΜSD 8GB + Card

8GB + hard drive


Configurations Bios and Roms

External hard drive with its own power supply

External hard drive with its own power supply

PC's Hard Drive or Usb External Hard Drive (Connect to the Motherboard)

Information: You will need the following elements to create your Recalbox: Do not hesitate to visit our shop!


The first step is to download the corresponding .img.xz file on

Warning : Only the latest version of Recalbox is available. Older versions are no longer downloadable or supported by the development team.

Flashing the image

By using a program called balenaEtcher, you can flash the image file to the desired drive (a microSD card for exemple), the program is straightforward : you select the image, you select the correct drive, and you flash.

Once the operation is done, you can eject the drive, plug it into the device you want Recalbox to use, and start it up, you should see it booting properly.

Notes: You must use 8 GB media for the system (we recommend the Sandisk Ultra series for SD cards).

  • For installation on Rpi:

    • storage media: an SD card.

  • For installation on Odroid:

    • storage media: an SD or eMMC card.

  • For installation on x86 and x86_64 (on Etcher):

    • storage media: a Hard Disk.

Etcher Tutorial link.

UNetbootin Tutorial link.

Rufus Tutorial link.

Set up


  • Insert the microSD card into the device with which you want to use Recalbox.

  • Start it up and you should see Recalbox come to life.


RetroFlag GPi Case

For installation on Gpi Case please follow this link.


  • Insert the microSD or eMMC card into the device with which you want to use Recalbox.

  • Start it up and you should see Recalbox come to life.

X86 / X86_64

Notes: There are rumors about the proper functioning with the installation on a usb key (all hardware combined), but this remains controversial because it can possibly cause bugs not present on the installation on Hard Disk. We therefore guide you on an installation on Hard Drive:

  • One for the System.

  • One for the storage of roms, bios, saves, etc ...

  • Insert your two Hard Drives (System and Storage).

  • Configure your bios in Legacy.

    • To configure your bios in Legacy, when the computer starts, press the F * bios access key (different depending on the manufacturer).

    • Go to Then assign Legacy by activating it with "enabled"


  • Check that the Secure Boot is disabled.

    • Go to

    • Then assign Off or Disable for the Secure Boot.

    • Shutdown the computer.


  • Access the Boot Menu of Hard Drives.

    • Press F * to access the Boot Menu of Hard Drives.

    • Select your Recalbox System Hard Drive.


  • Restart the computer and you should see Recalbox come to life after a few minutes (depending on the System disk storage space).

  • [Optional: In case of dedicated PC] Assign the Boot Order of the Hard Drives.

    • Press

    • Then assign the Hard Disk that you want dedicated to the System in 1st then that of Storage in 2nd.

    • Restart the computer.

    The order of the System and Storage Hard Drives being assigned, you no longer need to access the Boot Menu during startup.