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Downloads of v


Last Update:

11 Apr 2022

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • libretro developers


retroarch games gaming emulation emulators


This is not the latest version of RetroArch available.

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Software Author(s):

  • libretro developers


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3 Passing Tests

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Passed


Scan Testing Successful:

No detections found in any package files

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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

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:


Deployment Method:


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

1. Enter Your Internal Repository Url

(this should look similar to https://community.chocolatey.org/api/v2/)

2. Setup Your Environment

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

2. Get the package into your environment

  • 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 https://community.chocolatey.org/api/v2/. 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. Copy Your Script

choco upgrade retroarch -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" --version="''" [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="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" --version="''" 

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

Exit $exitCode

- name: Install retroarch
    name: retroarch
    version: ''
    state: present

See docs at https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/modules/win_chocolatey_module.html.

chocolatey_package 'retroarch' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  ''

See docs at https://docs.chef.io/resource_chocolatey_package.html.

cChocoPackageInstaller retroarch
    Name     = "retroarch"
    Version  = ""
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at https://github.com/chocolatey/cChoco.

package { 'retroarch':
  ensure   => '',
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  source   => 'INTERNAL REPO URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at https://forge.puppet.com/puppetlabs/chocolatey.

4. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.


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Package Approved

This package was approved as a trusted package on 11 Apr 2022.


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} (typically C:\tools)
  • /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.

As of v1.9.1, the packaging method used by the RetroArch developers has changed. RetroArch now installs in its own RetroArch-Win32 or RetroArch-Win64 directory within the installation directory. This was not accounted for in the Chocolatey package until v1.9.4. If you have an older version of RetroArch installed, you may wish to uninstall it completely and then reinstall with Chocolatey instead of performing a simple upgrade.

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           = 'https://buildbot.libretro.com/stable/1.10.2/windows/x86/RetroArch.7z'
$url64         = 'https://buildbot.libretro.com/stable/1.10.2/windows/x86_64/RetroArch.7z'
$checksum      = '90f4b166e02ee05119cd65b5c6081ec94893f9ffd92711b8f5c8aab00c60e058'
$checksum64    = 'bc098ce2abb957dbb0775d619691bf3965059b9fad929b515f717017fa05d91f'
$checksumType  = 'sha256'
$checksumType64= 'sha256'

# Get the package parameters and then back them up for the uninstaller
# This works around choco#1479 https://github.com/chocolatey/choco/issues/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

if ((Get-ProcessorBits 32) -or $env:ChocolateyForceX86 -eq 'true') {
  $specificFolder = "RetroArch-Win32"
} else {
  $specificFolder = "RetroArch-Win64"

$installDir = $(Get-ToolsLocation)
if ($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" -SpecificFolder "$specificFolder"

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

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

if ((Get-ProcessorBits 32) -or $env:ChocolateyForceX86 -eq 'true') {
  $specificFolder = "RetroArch-Win32"
  $zip = $zip32
} else {
  $specificFolder = "RetroArch-Win64"
  $zip = $zip64

Uninstall-ChocolateyZipPackage "$packageName" "$zip"

# Get package parameters
$pp = Get-PackageParameters
if ($null -eq $pp -or $pp.Count -eq 0) {
  # Work around for choco#1479 https://github.com/chocolatey/choco/issues/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) $specificFolder
if ($pp.InstallDir -or $pp.InstallationPath ) { $installDir = $pp.InstallDir + $pp.InstallationPath }

if ($installDir -ne $toolsPath) {
  Uninstall-BinFile retroarch -path "$installDir\retroarch.exe"
  if (Test-Path "$installDir\retroarch_debug.exe") {
    Uninstall-BinFile retroarch_debug -path "$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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In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.

Add to Builder Version Downloads Last Updated Status
RetroArch 1.14.0 1856 Wednesday, December 14, 2022 Approved
RetroArch 1.13.0 1006 Sunday, November 20, 2022 Approved
RetroArch 1.12.0 1116 Tuesday, October 18, 2022 Approved
RetroArch 1.11.1 770 Wednesday, October 5, 2022 Approved
RetroArch 1.11.0 461 Saturday, October 1, 2022 Approved
RetroArch 2377 Monday, April 11, 2022 Approved
RetroArch 1.10.2 1547 Sunday, March 27, 2022 Approved
RetroArch 1.10.0 1535 Tuesday, January 25, 2022 Approved
RetroArch 1.9.14 1559 Monday, December 6, 2021 Approved
RetroArch 1036 Sunday, November 14, 2021 Approved
RetroArch 626 Tuesday, November 9, 2021 Approved
RetroArch 1.9.13 312 Monday, November 8, 2021 Approved
RetroArch 1.9.12 864 Monday, October 25, 2021 Approved
RetroArch 1.9.11 767 Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Approved
RetroArch 1.9.10 830 Monday, September 27, 2021 Approved
RetroArch 1.9.9 951 Friday, September 10, 2021 Approved
RetroArch 1.9.7 870 Monday, August 23, 2021 Approved
RetroArch 1.9.6 1041 Monday, July 26, 2021 Approved
RetroArch 1204 Saturday, June 19, 2021 Approved
RetroArch 1.9.5 820 Monday, June 14, 2021 Approved
RetroArch 400 Friday, June 11, 2021 Approved
RetroArch 1.9.3 1054 Monday, May 17, 2021 Approved
RetroArch 1.9.1 1464 Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Approved
RetroArch 1.9.0 3137 Friday, August 21, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.9 1212 Thursday, July 2, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.8 833 Monday, June 8, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.7 761 Friday, May 22, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.6 753 Friday, May 8, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.5 940 Sunday, April 5, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.4 1158 Saturday, January 25, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.2 607 Friday, January 3, 2020 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.1 767 Thursday, November 28, 2019 Approved
RetroArch 1.8.0 682 Sunday, October 27, 2019 Approved
RetroArch 753 Thursday, September 19, 2019 Approved
RetroArch 1.7.8 431 Thursday, September 12, 2019 Approved
RetroArch 1122 Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Approved
RetroArch 814 Friday, May 10, 2019 Approved
RetroArch 1.7.7 369 Tuesday, May 7, 2019 Approved
RetroArch 1.7.6 635 Friday, March 22, 2019 Approved
RetroArch 720 Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Approved
RetroArch 1.7.5 667 Friday, October 12, 2018 Approved
RetroArch 1.7.4 588 Thursday, September 13, 2018 Approved
RetroArch 1.7.2 807 Friday, April 27, 2018 Approved
RetroArch 1.7.1 645 Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Approved
RetroArch 1.7.0 643 Monday, January 8, 2018 Approved
RetroArch 1.6.9 504 Sunday, November 26, 2017 Approved
RetroArch 1.6.7 691 Tuesday, August 22, 2017 Approved
RetroArch 1.6.6 427 Friday, August 18, 2017 Approved
RetroArch 1.6.0 649 Saturday, June 10, 2017 Approved
RetroArch 1.5.0 649 Monday, March 20, 2017 Approved
RetroArch 1.4.1 476 Friday, March 10, 2017 Approved
RetroArch 1.3.6 747 Sunday, August 28, 2016 Approved
RetroArch 1.3.4 460 Monday, May 16, 2016 Approved

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