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Last Update: 2019-09-21 14:10 UTC

Lakka is a lightweight Linux distribution that transforms a small computer into a full blown game console. The distribution is based on LibreELEC and runs the RetroArch console emulator. Lakka is capable of running on a variety of hardware, including personal computers, Raspberry Pi boards and WeTek Play devices.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 124 (77), 6 months: 110 (95), 3 months: 86 (146), 4 weeks: 144 (54), 1 week: 136 (52)

Average visitor rating: 9/10 from 2 review(s).

Lakka Summary
Distribution Lakka
Home Page http://www.lakka.tv/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://libretro.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=26
Alternative User Forums
Documentation http://www.lakka.tv/doc/Home/
Download Mirrors http://www.lakka.tv/get/
Bug Tracker https://github.com/libretro/Lakka/issues
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Where To Buy

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2019-09-21: Distribution Release: Lakka 2.3.1
 • 2017-11-28: Distribution Release: Lakka 2.1
 • 2017-10-11: Development Release: Lakka 2.1 RC5
 • 2017-04-29: Distribution Release: Lakka 2.0
 • 2017-03-01: Development Release: Lakka 2.0 RC1
 • More Lakka releases...

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Feature 2.3.1 2.1 2.0 20161221
Release Date 2019-09-21 2017-11-28 2017-04-29 2016-12-22
End Of Life        
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free
Image Size (MB) 172-321 172-321 172-175  
Free Download IMG IMG IMG IMG
Installation Text Text Text Text
Default Desktop RetroArch RetroArch RetroArch RetroArch
Package Management n/a n/a n/a n/a
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Office Suite
Processor Architecture armhf, i386, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64 armhf, i386, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4
Asian Language Support        
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Version: 2.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-07-07
Votes: 20

I was looking how to make my older Acer Aspire E11 netbook useful again and came upon this OS.

I had hardly any problems with the installation, the controller support is fine, it was just a simple plug and play. Tried out most of the emulators and the games work like a charm. It delivers where it matters and the GUI is also very pleasing.

The only issue I had to figure out was sending audio via HDMI cable. Using the TV as a monitor worked right of the bat, but the audio needed some tweaking. As with any problem, you can find the solutions on the internet, so it wasn't a big deal.

If you like old games and want to have a portable gaming console, grab it. Good work!

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Version: 2.0
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-04-30
Votes: 45

Lakka is a small and bloatfree yet beautiful and powerful and easy to use distro that turns your (mini) PC into a retro gaming console.
Put it on a SD card, put that in your mini PC, get some ROMs and get the party started.
With v2.0 they expanded the selection of systems even more.
Now some home computers (Amiga, C64...) are part of Lakka as well.
They yet don't work as perfect as the consoles (SNES, NES, Sega, PSX...) and aren't yet as editable but they will eventually thanks to the active developers and community.
Controller support (PS3, even Bluetooth...) works beautifully - no config needed, just plug and play, Lakka/Retroarch takes care of everything.
The GUI is beautiful and easy to use - it's based on XMB like PS3 etc.
Lakka boots very fast because it's based on LibreELEC with Retroarch directly embedded into it.
The N64 emulator (Mupen) performs better on Retropie (on my Pi3) but that's not that important to me.
The classic systems work like a charm.
Today Lakka is the most beatiful, easy to use and elegant distro for retro gaming.
Almost a piece of art.
Very well done.
Looking forward to coming versions when the integration of the new emulator system cores will eventually be and work as polished as the old ones that already work super smoothly.
Keep it up guys, Lakka rocks!

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