First use

To set up your Recalbox for the first time

The necessary package :


Raspberry 0/0w/1/2/3

Odroid C2

Odroid XU4

PC (32 or 64 bits)


8GB+ class 10 µSD card (pi1: SD)

8GB+ µSD card

8GB+ µSD card

8GB+ USB stick or Hard drive

Power Supply

Good quality µUSB 2.5A

Good quality µUSB 2.5A

Use the official Odroid power supply

Standard PC power supply



HDMI cable

HDMI cable

HDMI, VGA (and probably DVI and DP)


USB or bluetooth

USB or bluetooth

USB or bluetooth

USB or bluetooth

See for more information on the first install.

After the Installation, the first thing you have to do is to connect the recalbox to the TV with the HDMI cable.

To power on the recalbox, just plug the micro USB power cable in.

Many controllers work out of the box, but if you want to configure directly an USB controller, plug in a USB keyboard and see Add an usb controller​

Change the language in Recalbox

  • In the system selection screen, push START and choose "SYSTEM SETTINGS" then "LANGUAGE". Now select you language then "CLOSE"

  • Recalbox will then reboot, and the EmulationStation interface will be in the selected language.

Shutting down Recalbox

  • In the system screen press START and choose “QUIT” then “SHUTDOWN SYSTEM”.

    (Shortcut: Press SELECT to show the shut down only menu)

  • Wait for green/orange light on PI to stop flashing (so that you don't trash the SD card.)

  • Unplug the power cable.

Shortcut : on the system select screen, push SELECT to access directly the QUIT menu.