Raspberry Pi 4: RetroPie Install – Windows, MacOS, Linux

RetroPie, starting from the version 4.6, can be installed on Raspberry Pi 4.

In this note i will show how to download the latest image of RetroPie and how to install it on Raspberry Pi 4 using Raspberry Pi’s Imager in Windows, MacOS and Linux.

Additionally, i will show how to burn the RetroPie’s image on a microSD card using the dd command from the Linux command line.

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Install RetroPie on Raspberry Pi 4

Download an archive with the latest official image of RetroPie for Raspberry Pi 4.

Download and install the Raspberry Pi’s official Imager:

Plug an empty microSD card into a computer and use the Imager to install the RetroPie’s image for Raspberry Pi 4 on microSD card.

For this, in “Operating System” choose “Use custom” and select the retropie-buster-X.X-rpi4.img.gz archive that you have downloaded previously.

Select an “SD Card” and click on “Write”.

Once the Imager has finished the installation of the RetroPie, you can eject the microSD card and plug it into your Raspberry Pi 4.

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Linux Command Line

Alternatively, Linux users can install the RetroPie’s image on a microSD card from the command line using dd command.

Download an archive with the latest official image of RetroPie for Raspberry Pi 4:

$ wget https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup/releases/download/4.6/retropie-buster-4.6-rpi4.img.gz

Extract the downloaded archive:

$ gunzip retropie-buster-4.6-rpi4.img.gz

Execute the lsblk command to identify the microSD card:

$ lsblk -fp
NAME                            MAJ:MIN RM   SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
/dev/sda                          8:0    0 115,5G  0 disk 
└─/dev/sda1                       8:1    0 115,5G  0 part 
  ├─/dev/mapper/mint--vg-root   253:0    0 114,5G  0 lvm  /
  └─/dev/mapper/mint--vg-swap_1 253:1    0   980M  0 lvm  [SWAP]
/dev/mmcblk0                    179:0    0  29,7G  0 disk 
└─/dev/mmcblk0p1                179:1    0   256M  0 part /media/user/119D-A7AA

Unmount the microSD if it is mounted:

$ umount /media/user/119D-A7AA

Copy the RetroPie’s image to the microSD card using dd command:

$ sudo dd bs=4M if=retropie-buster-4.6-rpi4.img of=/dev/mmcblk0 status=progress

Once the dd command has finished to copy the image, you can eject the microSD card with the RetroPie and plug it into your Raspberry Pi 4.

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