The PI Recipe- Easy Emulation Station

Over the next few columns we are going to look at the Raspberry Pi. A great little machine made to spike our interest in coding. Given a few  little recipe’s (or pre compiled SD Card’s) It can do some wonderful things


This time at open source world I’m going to go through how to easily make an Emulation Station SD card for the Raspberry PI. Now before we start the usual applies here. I am not responsible for any data loss and / or what you choose to do with this SD card…


But i do feel compelled to tell you that you should only play Roms of old games that you still own… 

Right.. That’s the nannying out the way. It’s a great way to play all the old systems without having to dig out.. well the old systems.


Here’s the recipe. 

You will need 

1 x SD card (or SDHC, Micro SD in an SD adapter etc) head over here if your not sure it tells youwhich cards work best with the PI

1 x SD Card Reader Writer 

1x PC Running Linux – These instructions are tested on Ubuntu

1 x SD Card image – Can be obtained here


Insert your SD card Via the SD Reader. 

Next open up a terminal (Ctrl, Alt, and T) and use the following (This assumes your SD card is the default SDB 

sudo dd bs=1M if= /path-of-emulationstation bimage of=/dev/sdb

This command will copy the image to your SD card (assuming that your SD card is at /dev/sdb It has been for me each time but i recommend checking (dmesg)

This command takes a while… Like ages but soon enough it will be done. 

DD makes a direct bit for bit copy of the image and puts it on the SD card. 

Boot your PI with the new SD card once it’s complete and away you go. Most emulators are configured for use. 

One last thing however. 

On the PI run sudo raspi-config 

Set option 1 to use the whole of the SD Card’s partition. 

That’s pretty much it. 

Until Next Time …