Flashing RetroPie or Lakka to an SD card

Flashing RetroPie or Lakka to an SD card

Figure 1: RetroPie and Lakka are the most popular choices for emulation suites.

1. This tutorial uses the Etcher software for writing image files to an SD card. Etcher runs on Windows, MacOS and Linux. Download Etcher from here: Etcher

Figure 2: Downloading Etcher from it's website.

2. Install Etcher by running the downloaded installer.
3. Decide what emulation suite you would like to install. RetroPie and Lakka are the two most popular options. Use the links below to download either RetroPie or Lakka.
Download RetroPie here
Download Lakka here
3. Extract the downloaded and compressed image file. On Windows a popular utility for this is 7zip. The extracted file will be in either a .iso file or a .img file.

Figure 3: The source and extracted versions of the image file.

4. Select the micro SD card to be used with the Pi. An 8GB or larger card is suggested, a larger card allows you to install more games without running out of storage space.
5. Insert the micro SD card in to a card reader attached to the computer being used. Some computers have built in card readers, while others will require the use of an external USB card reader.
6. Start the Etcher software.

Figure 4: Etcher opened up.

7. Click the "Flash from File" icon. Select the image file you would like to flash to the micro SD card.

Figure 5: The image file selected in Etcher.

8. Click the "Select Target" icon. Select the micro SD card you would like to flash to.

Figure 6: The micro SD card selected as the target drive.

9. Start the flashing process by clicking "Flash!".

Figure 7: Etcher flashing the image file to the micro SD card.

10. Once Etcher has finished, close Etcher, and safely eject the micro SD card from the computer.
11. See this article for how to install our software mods on a RetroPie image.