I have a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and have been running the latest Raspbian (9.3 Stretch) from the Pi website. I tried following the instructions for using Git to get RetroPie and everything went fine until I tried to run the script (sudo ./retropie-setup.sh) I get the following error:

Sorry - Raspbian/Debian Stretch (and newer) is not yet supported on the RPI.

Is this telling me that RetroPie is incompatible with my version? Is there a way to make it work? If not, can I uninstall all that I loaded with:

sudo apt-get install git lsb-release
git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup.git

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Is this telling me that RetroPie is incompatible with my version?

Yes. This is noted on their bug tracker; you'll have to use Raspbian Jessie instead. A recent pull request to their Git repository suggests that this is being worked on, but, for the moment, you're out of luck.

To get rid of git and lsb-release, the packages you installed, run:

sudo apt-get --purge remove git lsb-release

The command git clone ... will have created a directory called RetroPie-Setup. Just delete that as normal (for example with rm); essentially, all Git has done so far is download a repository into a directory on your Pi. Deleting that is all you need to do.

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    Perfect, everything is as it should be! I got another card for RetroPie and just "dual boot" when I want to switch. Thank you for the GIT education as well.
    – FDecker
    Feb 2, 2018 at 16:32

As of March 20, 2018, RetroPie's install script should now support Raspbian Stretch.

I (inadvertently) tested this for myself two days ago with a manual install. I ran the RetroPie setup script on my Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with a fresh install of Raspbian Stretch, unaware of any compatibility conflicts. Afterwards, I was able to boot into RetroPie without issue.

To fix your installer, update your RetroPie setup script to the latest version:

git clone --depth=1 https://github.com/RetroPie/RetroPie-Setup.git

Then re-run the setup script.

cd RetroPie-Setup
chmod +x retropie_setup.sh
sudo ./retropie_setup.sh

For future readers looking for a full install guide: refer to the RetroPie Manual Install guide.


As a confirmation, Retropie now works for me also not Raspbian Stretch!

I installed Jessie for Retropie because it didn't work on stretch back then.


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