RetroArch on Firestick: How to Install and Play Games 

RetroArch on Firestick: How to Install and Play Games 

Mostly people love to play games of different types. In today’s time, video games have got so much traction among the people. Several mobile apps and websites allow users to play online games of their choices. Today, we are talking about one such platform which allows users to get best games. The platform is RetroArch. RetroArch is a good platform to get amazing games to play online. You always hear the playing games on console, pc, smartphones, etc, but here we will talk about FireStick. We will try to get RetroArch on Firestick using the methods given in this article.

What is RetroArch?

RetroArch is one of top frontends and open source services to play video games, get games engines and much more. It was started back in March 26, 2010. The developer team behind RetroArch is Libretro Team. If we talk about the device support for RetroArch, then it is mind-blowing. It supports multiple devices like Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi, BlackBerry, Linux, Windows, Mac OSX, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 2DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Gamecube, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation Portable and many other devices.

Guide to Install and Playing Games in RetroArch on Firestick

Let’s move to guide which will demonstrate Installation and then you can play games in RetroArch on Your FireStick device.

I wanted to clear one thing is that there is no direct support for RetroArch in FireStick. We will sideload this app on Firestick device. This post will guide you to get RetroArch on FireStick. Here you go…

Install RestroArch on Firestick

Step1: First of all, you need to Turn Apps from Unknown Sources feature ON in your Firestick device.

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Step2: Now Download & install the Downloader app on your Firestick.

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Step3: Now open the Downloader app.

Step4: Now place RetroArch apk file url in the Downloader app and download apk file.

Step5: Once you have downloaded the apk file, click on it to install the RestroArch app on your Firestick.

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Connect Gamepad

Step1: Initially, enable the Bluetooth pairing mode in your gamepad.

Step2: Open the Settings in your Firestick device.

Step3: Now choose Bluetooth & Connected Devices on your Firestick.

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Step4: Now navigate to Game Controllers and Choose Add New Game Controller on your FireStick device.

Step5: Now the Firestick will search for the nearby available devices. You need to choose Gamepad from the list. A message will prompt on the screen saying you Gamepad is connect to the Firestick.

Core Loading

Step1: Now open the RetroArch app in your Firestick device.

Step2: Then choose Load a Core option and then opt Download a core in the RetroArch app.

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Step3: Load the cores of your choice then close the RetroArch app on your Firestick.

Preparing to Add ROMs on FireStick

Step1: Now please install ES File Explorer on your Firestick.   

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Step2: After installation, open the ES File Explorer and choose Network option from the left pane.

Step3: Now click on View on Pc option in ES File Explorer.

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Step4: Now Tap on Turn on button in the ES File Explorer.

Step5 Do connect with an FTP program and access the RetroArch directory.

Step6: Now you need to create a folder with name ROMs in the RetroArch directory.

Step7: Select the roms files and move them into the ROMs folder.

Step8: Now get back to the Home screen of the FireStick device.

Adding & Accessing ROMs on FireStick

Step1: Now open the Retroarch in Firestick.

Step2: Now go to import content in RetroArch.

Step3: Now select the Scan Document option and Choose the RetroArch directory.

Step5: Choose the ROMs folder and select Scan this Directory in RetroArch on your Firestick.

Step6: Wait until scan is done and go back to the home screen of the RetroArch app.

Playing Games in RetroArch on FireStick

Step1: Now on the Home screen of the RetroArch on your Firestick device, choose any of the loaded ROMs files or cores from the left side navigation pane.

Step2: Next pick a game to play in RetroArch app.

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Step3: Tap on Run along with selecting the core to be used for gaming.

Step4: Again Tap over Run and you can start playing game on RetroArch app on Firestick using the connected Gamepad.


RetroArch is a bit complicated but full of resources for game lovers. It gives you access to several video games, game engines, media players, and much more. We have elaborated the easiest way to get RetroArch on your FireStick to play games. Follow the given instructions and get this app on your Firestick device. We will give you more such amazing tutorials. Keep visiting us and always show your love.

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