Is it possible to run emulators on Xbmc/Openelec? I am familiar with an addon "Rom Collection Browser" and as my understanding of this plugin is that it can launch various games with different emulators. However I haven't managed to do anything useful with it.

I have deduced that I need an emulator either on my raspberry PI or somewhere else remotely.

So my question is:

  • what are some most recommended emulators on raspberry PI (I haven't found any)?
  • or how could one run an remote emulator to play games on raspberry PI?

In both cases I'm thinking about some very basic emulators (SNES/MAME etc).

2 Answers 2


XBMC supports starting external applications like MAME arcade emulator from it. MAME on Pi: http://blog.sheasilverman.com/2012/11/better-advancemame-debs-with-sound/ http://ipggi.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/mame-arcade-game-fun-with-a-raspberry-pi/ http://www.newsdownload.co.uk/pages/RPiMameGpioJoystick.html


I use RetroPie to have all-in-one emulator on raspberry PI. Work perfectly with 2 controler and with this kind of emulation:

  • GameBoy / GameBoy Color
  • GameBoy Advance (need some tweak)
  • Master system
  • x86 (dos games)

You can take the RetroPie folder to put on xbmc after the installation.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.