Install games on Recalbox

Welcome to this detailed guide that will explain in depth each step to add new games to your Recalbox. Even if you are new to retro gaming, follow these technical instructions carefully to successfully complete the process.

1. Introduction

Adding games to Recalbox requires some expertise, but don't worry, we'll break it all down for a thorough understanding.

2. Required elements

Before you begin, make sure you have everything in place:

  • Functional Recalbox: Check that your Recalbox is correctly configured and connected to your local network. If you haven't purchased any Recalbox-compatible consoles yet, you can get one by clicking here .
  • ROMs (Games): Make sure the game files you have are in the correct format (often .zip, .nes, .gba, etc.) and legally available. You will easily find compatible ROMs on the web.
  • Local network access: Your computer must be on the same network as your Recalbox to transfer games.

3. Process steps

Step 1: Login to Recalbox

  1. Open File Explorer: On Windows, use File Explorer. On Mac, use Finder.
  2. Enter the Recalbox IP address: In the Explorer address bar, enter the IP address of your Recalbox (for example, \\192.168.1.X for Windows).
  3. Go to Network Shares: You should see a shared folder called "recalbox". Double-click on it to see the internal directories.

Step 2: Transferring ROMs

  1. Find the “roms” folder: Inside the recalbox share, you will find a folder called “roms”. This is where you should place your games.
  2. Identify the Subfolder Corresponding to the Console: Each subfolder (for example, "nes" for Nintendo Entertainment System) corresponds to a console.
  3. Transfer Games: Copy and paste your game files into the corresponding subfolders. Make sure the games are in the correct format.
  4. Unzip Files if Necessary: ​​If your games are in .zip files, unzip them before transferring them.

Step 3: Refreshing the Library

  1. Return to the Recalbox Main Menu: Use your controller to return to the Recalbox main menu.
  2. Select "Refresh Library": Look for this option to have Recalbox scan and recognize new games.
Note: Be patient, especially if you have added several games.


    Q: Games are not showing. What to do ?

    A: Make sure the ROM files are in the correct format and placed in the correct subfolder of the "roms" directory. Then update the library from the Recalbox main menu.

    Q: How to find ROMs compatible with Recalbox?

    A: Look for websites that offer legal ROMs for emulators. Be sure to respect copyright.

    Q: I still need help, who should I contact?

    A: If you encounter any difficulties installing new games on your Recalbox console, you can directly contact our team , who will be happy to assist you.

    5. Conclusion

    Congratulations, you have now expanded your game collection on Recalbox! Enjoy your new retro titles.