Installation (duplicate, will probably get erased)

How to quickly install your Recalbox

Simple way with Noobs (rpi only)

You can install the recalboxOS on a fat32 formatted sd card.

You must use at least a 8GB micro sd card, and we recommend the Sandisk Ultra series.

Use a card formater software from on Windows and MacOSX, or gparted on linux.

  • Start the SDCard formatter program and format the whole card in FAT32.

    • For information : if you are using a 64Go SDCard, your formater software may force format in exFAT.

      So if you have this problem, you can try minitool partition wizard or guiformat (Windows only) (Don't forget to set the partition as primary instead of logical when giving format with minitool)_

  • Download from the last recalboxOS release at​

  • Now unzip the file directly at the root of your SD card. Delete the zip file in case you copied it to the SD card!

  • Put the card in your Raspberry Pi, plug in the hdmi and the power supply.

  • The installation starts, you'll have a recalbox in 5 minutes !

At the end of the install, the Emulationstation screen will show up, and you will have the pleasure to listen to the awesome Zelda theme!

If you are on a RPi 1 model B or B+, you should really overclock your RPi to have best performance possible. Go in the System Setting menu and change your overclock settings. I strongly recommend the highest overclock, "EXTREME" setting on all my RPi1, which may void your warranty but is unbelievably smoother in games than any other configuration.

Burn on a SD Card or a USB Flash drive from an image file.

1) Download Win32DiskImager from​

2) Download an image in .img format once available

3) unzip and run Win32DiskImager.exe

4) Extract recalbox.img.gz (gz is like zip, ie it's a compressed file)

Warning: Some browsers like Opera, Chrome and Safari take the liberty to unzip the file automatically and badly rename the contents. If the file is more than 1GB, it is already unzipped.

5) Insert a USB flash drive or a SD card on your computer

6) Select the image and the drive in Win32DiskImager.exe like on the following screenshot and click on Write

7) Once finished, go on your USB flash drive/SD card and check that it looks like this: