DIY Raspberry Pi 3 Media Center (OSMC) With RetroPie!

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Let's make a all in one media center with a raspberry pi 3. this is a media center that can play movies, music, pictures, display the weather, emulate old games, and much more. All you will need is a Raspberry Pi 3, HDMI cord, input method, and power source.

I got my Raspberry Pi 3 from GearBest, Click Here to check it out!

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Step 1: Flash OSMC to SD Card

TIP: Your SD card should be no less than 8gb for any RPi Image

Download the image from: https://goo.gl/S0FmC1

Download Rufus from: http://goo.gl/IcwRCw

Step 2: Install Retrosmc Setup Script

Open the terminal (do so by exiting OSMC and when the loading screen appears push ESC or connect via SSH[Username: osmc, Password: osmc)

First, we will download the installation script to our pi

cd /home/osmc
wget  https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mcobit/retrosmc...

Next, lets make it executable

chmod +x install-retrosmc.sh

Finally, run the script

./install-retrosmc.sh 

Step 3: Install RetroPie

This is easy the pi does it on it's own all you need to do is select binary-based installation. When it's done click cancle until your back to the terminal then

sudo reboot

Step 4: Customize Home Menu

First, go to Settings>Appearance>Skin>Settings>Home>Customize Home Menu

Second, add a new menu button called games

Third, (optional) add a icon (the one i used is here)

Fourth, in the ChangeAction box add a custom action, this will be:

System.Exec(/home/osmc/RetroPie/scripts/retropie.sh)

Finally, Save your changes and test it out!!

Step 5: To Add Rom's to RetroPie

Download them from a site like www.loveroms.com put them on a flash drive and use RetroPie's file manager to import them. You also could use FTP if you have it setup.

Step 6: Install Pandora on OSMC

Download the .zip file and put it on a flash drive (download .zip file)

Then to install navigate (System -> Settings -> Add-ons -> Install from zip file) and install it

Step 7: Thanks

I hope you liked this instructable, if you do have anymore questions leave them in the comments

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    KiaraB6

    19 hours ago

    i got a pair of problems, first where the hell do i download the Roms?
    thanks
    nice work

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    GregK101

    1 year ago

    I made it through step 4. However, when I test out the Games menu item, I see a black screen and then it's as if my Raspberry Pi reboots. Any suggestions?

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    Surferj

    1 year ago

    Nice tutorial, been wondering to do this for quite some time.

    The script is no longer avalible, that url returns error 400 : bad request :-(

    Any chance some1 knows a working url?

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    TravisC81Surferj

    Reply 1 year ago

    https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mcobit/retrosmc/master/install-retrosmc.sh - you had to mouseover the link to get the whole thing because it was being abbreviated by instructables.

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    jhughes45

    2 years ago

    Hey man, Im not getting the second screen asking weather i want to install from bin or src. it just says successfully installed and freezes. Whenever i launch the script again it says install successful too.

    After that I dont have the same options you to do to make a Game option in the menu. Im pretty linux savvy and i have no idea why this could be happening. Looks like an awesome solution and id love to get it working. Any thoughts?

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    Funguyprojhughes45

    Reply 2 years ago

    I honestly don't know why, did you try reinstalling the image?

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    Tiago Tomaz

    2 years ago

    nice job. it works really fine. thank's a lot

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    JustinB289

    2 years ago

    so how do i add games now that ive done this?

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    Ds45

    2 years ago

    how about if my main OS is retropie..it is posible install OSMC on retropie?so OSMC is optional on retropie..

    Thanks

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    wavesailorDs45

    Reply 2 years ago

    I think this is what you looking for:

    http://www.multibootpi.com/builds/retropie-kodi-add-on-osmc-only/

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    FunguyproDs45

    Reply 2 years ago

    I don't believe it is, sorry

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    wavesailor

    2 years ago

    Thanks - Been looking for a "How to install RetroPie on OSMC" for a while.

    FYI: Looks like the RetroPie install script has changed a little. There is no longer an option to add "select binary-based installation

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    fongmac

    2 years ago

    So just curious, once in Emulation Station......is there a way to go back to OSMC??? Or do i need to reboot the PI to get back????

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    Funguyprofongmac

    Reply 2 years ago

    Yes you can just open the main menu then select exit

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    Funguyproiamchrismoran

    Reply 2 years ago

    System -> Settings -> Add-ons -> Install from zip file. Hope that's what you need

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    iamchrismoranFunguypro

    Reply 2 years ago

    oops.. I meant get to RetropPie while IN Confluence.

    I installed using your directions and though I can load it from the OSMC skin, I don't see it anywhere to access it or add it as an addon list item.

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    Funguyproiamchrismoran

    Reply 2 years ago

    I think this might help, http://www.trevorayers.com/add-menu-item-confluence-xbmc-kodi/