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Recalbox Web Manager 2.0 is out!

Hi, today let us present you an awesome work done by a community member.

I don't know if everyone know that, but the current recalbox release already integrates a web-interface, that allows you to manage, configure your recalbox.

But, some months ago, DjLeChuck, finding that the current manager was not complete enough decided to develop a new one.

This new web-interface gives you more options, the abilities to manage your game's information, your screenshots, EmulationStation's activity and more !
DjLeChuck did an amazing work, and we are proud to introduce it to you with this 4.1.0 release.

If you want help the development of this new tool, you can report issue on the github repository or help on the translation.


You can still use the first version of the manager by settings in recalbox.conf :

## Recalbox Manager (http manager)
## 1 or 2, depending on the manager version you wish

Here is a short demo video :

Hide your games.

Hi, today let's see an other improvement about a feature introduced in 4.0.0 release: the ability to hide files in EmulationStation.

"Hidden files" is a cool feature that allows you hide specifics files, as bios etc... But for the moment, once the game hidden, you have no ways to display it in EmulationStation. Your have to manually edit your gamelist.xml file, to unhide the file.

So, we decided to add an option to display these hidden files. Once this option activated, hidden games are display preceded by this icon:


You can see here is a preview of this feature:


Here is a short demo video:

New Favicons!

Hi, today let's see a small but cool improvement about the favorites system.

Favorites system is a very good feature introduced in 4.0.0 release. But, when you have many games tagged as favorites, or many games with the same name in different game systems, the global favorites system can become messy.

So, we decided to replace the standard icon with specific icon for each systems.

You can see here examples with the GBA system and the final result in Favorites System:


Here is a short demo video :

ScreenScraper support on recalbox!

The new recalbox release introduce a new embed scraper, base on screenscraper database.

This scraper allows you to automatically scrape in your native language (EN, FR, DE, ES, PT) when informations are available in the database.

It allows you too, to switch between normal or composed visuals:


Here is a short demo video:

New frontend Help Popups!

Hi, today let's intro introduce you a new feature from 4.1 release.

When you are discovering and configuring your favorite gaming OS, it is not always possible to check our online manual to informations about each option.

So, we have decided to add the possibility to display on screen, help pop-up, available on Y button of your gamepad.

The pop-up are looking like this :


Here is a short demo video:

Customize the boot behavior of your recalbox!

The new release of recalbox brings to you a new level a customization.

Today we are going to see how you can decide exactly what happens when you boot the recalbox!

By going in the ADVANCED SETTINGS, you will see a BOOT SETTINGS entry :

In this menu you can set option to modify the boot behavior :

Let's see what it means:

  • KODI AT START : boot on kodi, and access emulationstation only when quitting kodi.
  • GAMELIST ONLY : only show games contained in the gamelist.xml file (located in your roms directories). This option highly speeds up boot time when you have scraped games, but new games will not be detected.
  • BOOT ON SYSTEM : select which system to show when the recalbox frontend starts. The default value is 'favorites'. Combined with BOOT ON GAMELIST it shows the system gamelist on boot.
  • BOOT ON GAMELIST : show the list of games of the selected system rather than the system view.
  • HIDE SYSTEM VIEW : hide the system view. The system view is the view where you see available systems logos. You will start on a gamelist and cannot browse through systems. Usefull for bartop and cabinets, or if you want to fix a system for you childs. This option automatically enables BOOT ON GAMELIST
  • FORCE BASIC GAMELIST VIEW : only show basic gamelist, even if scrap information is found in gamelist.xml files

And here is a video on how it looks like:

Have fun!

The PSP is now supported on recalbox!

We waited too long for that, but here it is : the Playstation Portable is now a part of recalbox!

We integrated the ppsspp emulator in recalbox 4.1.0. You can now play Playstation Portable games on you HDMI screen!

Some games may run faster than other on Raspberry Pi 3. The emulator is full speed on Odroid and X86.


The emulator is a standalone one, so the commands are not exactly the same as in other emulators, and you have access to the emulator menu when pressing HOTKEY, and you will have to go to the exit menu to go back on recalbox:


Here is a video of our recalbox running Castlevania : The Dracula X Chronicles:

RecalboxOS v4.0.2 is out!

A new update of recalbox is online!

The recalbox 4.0.2 update fixes black screens issue with some systems. This issue was due to the new raspberry pi firmware embedded with recalbox 4.0.1 that add rpi2 v1.2 support.

You can now score again on Blade Buster!

Update as soon as possible from the SYSTEM menu of your recalbox.
We will be back soon :)

On Screen Keyboard (OSK)

The new recalbox version will be more friendly than ever with you.

Who has never had the annoying case of looking for an USB keyboard to input WIFI settings, a game information in metadatas, etc... ?

Today, with this new release, this time is over.

You'll be able to use your gamepad and the new On Screen Keyboard (OSK) in EmulationStation.


Here is a short demo video:

We are proud to announce the release of recalbox v4.1.0 unstable !

We are proud to annouce the release of recalboxOS 4.1.0 unstable!

Get the last features of recalbox right now by installing the 4.1.0 unstable update directly from your recalbox!
Be sure to be in 4.0.1 version, and set the update.type to unstable in your recalbox.conf settings.
Then, open the System Menu and just proceed to an upgrade.

We will regulary publish blog posts about the new features you can find in this version!

And here is the first one, we now support 22 Languages in recalbox :


We would like to thank every translator that has contributed to the internationalization of recalbox, and we remind you that you can also participate and translate recalbox or the recalbox website in your own language : translate recalbox or translate

Stay tuned for the next feature!

You broke our download server !! :D

Hello guys,
so as you can see, our update servers are actually overloaded. You are too many users updating their recalbox, so servers have too many connextions in same time.
We were not prepared to this. We didn't have this kind of problem with previous releases.
So, we scaled the servers and added mirrors. Once cache filled on these mirrors, the sirtuation should come back to normal.
Thank you to be patient and for your understanding.
PS: For your information, once your recalbox on standby, the current download still progress. But once done, the screen won't refresh to display the reboot message.
So, sometimes, move your gamepad to wake up your recalbox ;)

You can follow the progression of the issue on twitter : @recalbox

Recalbox 4.0.1 released!

We are proud to annouce the release of recalboxOS 4.0.1!

This new version brings the support of Raspberry Pi 2 v1.2 and prepare your recalbox for the new 4.1.0 unstable release coming really soon!

Update your recalbox as soon as possible, and we promise to be back in no time for the next news :)

Want some news about the project ?

It’s been a while since our last update on the progress of the project. Be sure we don't forget you :)
The team has been working for weeks on something not really sexy and time consuming, but essential for the future of the project: we reviewed our whole development process.

This is not very exciting, but here is what you can expect from now:
  • the updates will be more frequent
  • the updates will be lighter (i.e. less new features at once)
  • we will be more reactive to issues and will fix bugs quickly
  • we will only have two version: unstable and stable
You won’t have to wait for months to get a new version with new features, the gap between development and releases will be much smaller.
To prepare your recalbox to this new process, a 4.0.1 version will be released in some days. Please update when your recalbox warns you about a new version :D

And right after that, we will activate the unstable update of your recalbox so you can update to recalbox 4.1.0. It comes with rpi3 bluetooth support, new systems, and many other exciting features!
We are counting on you to report issues on our issue board or on the forum :)

Once again, we sincerely wish to thank you for all the enthusiasm and loyalty you show towards our project.

See you soon !

Hum and yeah, we have a blog back :)