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Software Author(s):

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1.9.1 | Updated: 30 Mar 2021



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To install RetroArch, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade RetroArch, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall RetroArch, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade retroarch -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade retroarch -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure retroarch installed
    name: retroarch
    state: present
    version: 1.9.1
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

chocolatey_package 'retroarch' do
  action    :install
  version  '1.9.1'
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: retroarch,
    Version: 1.9.1,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller retroarch
   Name     = 'retroarch'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = '1.9.1'
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'retroarch':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '1.9.1',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install retroarch version="1.9.1" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

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This package was approved as a trusted package on 02 Apr 2021.


RetroArch is a frontend for libretro, an open API which exposes the functionality of a game, emulator or certain kinds of multimedia applications. libretro started as libsnes with the SNES emulator bSNES, but libretro has since become a far broader API. RetroArch builds around the libretro API to provide a powerful interface for libretro cores.

Package Parameters

The following package parameters can be set:

  • /InstallDir:{path} - Installation directory, defaults to {tools-location}\retroarch (typically C:\tools\retroarch)
  • /InstallationPath:{path} - Alias for /InstallDir
  • /DesktopShortcut - Add shortcut for RetroArch to the desktop.


If a custom installation directory is used for RetroArch, shims will still be created for retroarch.exe and retroarch_debug.exe on the path so that RetroArch can be started from the command line as with prior versions of this package.

Since v1.7.7 was released, the libretro/RetroArch developers have been uploading new builds without always updating the version. If you get checksum errors while installing RetroArch, this has probably happened again. Just let us know via the Contact Maintainers link and a new package should be up on Chocolatey shortly after.

$packageName   = 'retroarch'
$url           = ''
$url64         = ''
$checksum      = '923d3f95dfbbfeffe9bbc98c8dab75ffcdd34e9a4b50b9e012c19fcb18cd02d8'
$checksum64    = '4d21ffa72ccf24c9821553188414572b82f8b9c9ceb066c4c525bfeddb44a86d'
$checksumType  = 'sha256'
$checksumType64= 'sha256'

# Get the package parameters and then back them up for the uninstaller
# This works around choco#1479
$pp = Get-PackageParameters
$toolsPath = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
$paramsFile = Join-Path (Split-Path -Parent $toolsPath) 'PackageParameters.xml'
Write-Debug "Writing package parameters to $paramsFile"
Export-Clixml -Path $paramsFile -InputObject $pp

$installDir = Join-Path $(Get-ToolsLocation) $packageName
if ($pp.InstallDir -or $pp.InstallationPath ) { $installDir = $pp.InstallDir + $pp.InstallationPath }
Write-Host "RetroArch is going to be installed in '$installDir'"

Install-ChocolateyZipPackage "$packageName" `
  -Url "$url" -Checksum "$checksum" -ChecksumType $checksumType `
  -Url64 "$url64" -Checksum64 "$checksum64" -ChecksumType64 $checksumType64 `
  -UnzipLocation "$installDir"

if ($installDir -eq $toolsPath) {
  New-Item "$installDir\retroarch.exe.gui" -Type file -Force | Out-Null
  New-Item "$installDir\retroarch_debug.exe.gui" -Type file -Force | Out-Null
} else {
  Install-BinFile retroarch -path "$installDir\retroarch.exe" -UseStart
  Install-BinFile retroarch_debug -path "$installDir\retroarch_debug.exe" -UseStart

if ($pp.DesktopShortcut) {
  $desktop = [System.Environment]::GetFolderPath("Desktop")
  Install-ChocolateyShortcut -ShortcutFilePath "$desktop\RetroArch.lnk" `
    -TargetPath "$installDir\retroarch.exe" -WorkingDirectory "$installDir" `
    -WindowStyle 3
$packageName   = 'retroarch'
$zip32         = 'RetroArch.7z'
$zip64         = 'RetroArch.7z'

if (Get-ProcessorBits -eq 64) { $zip = $zip64 } else { $zip = $zip32 }
Uninstall-ChocolateyZipPackage "$packageName" "$zip"

# Get package parameters
$pp = Get-PackageParameters
if ($null -eq $pp -or $pp.Count -eq 0) {
  # Work around for choco#1479
  $toolsPath = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
  $paramsFile = Join-Path (Split-Path -Parent $toolsPath) 'PackageParameters.xml'
  if (Test-Path -Path $paramsFile) {
    Write-Debug "Loading package parameters from $paramsFile"
    $pp = Import-Clixml -Path $paramsFile
  } else {
    Write-Debug "No package parameters available; shims and desktop shortcut won't be removed if they were created"
    $pp = @{}

$installDir = Join-Path $(Get-ToolsLocation) $packageName
if ($pp.InstallDir -or $pp.InstallationPath ) { $installDir = $pp.InstallDir + $pp.InstallationPath }

if ($installDir -ne $toolsPath) {
  Uninstall-BinFile retroarch -path "$installDir\retroarch.exe"
  Uninstall-BinFile retroarch_debug -path "$installDir\retroarch_debug.exe"

if ($pp.DesktopShortcut) {
  $desktop = [System.Environment]::GetFolderPath("Desktop")
  Remove-Item "$desktop\RetroArch.lnk" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue -Force | Out-Null

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Version Downloads Last Updated Status
RetroArch 1.9.0 3019 Friday, August 21, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.9 1108 Thursday, July 2, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.8 760 Monday, June 8, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.7 665 Friday, May 22, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.6 658 Friday, May 8, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.5 850 Sunday, April 5, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.4 1081 Saturday, January 25, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.2 527 Friday, January 3, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.1 670 Thursday, November 28, 2019 Approved

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