RetroArch – How to Import Cores and Save Game File – Windows 10

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In the release of RetroArch on Steam (beta and Playtest version) is possible to import the cores and save files you had in the normal non-steam version. This guide works for Windows 10 and GNU/Linux.
 
 

Windows 10

IMPORTANT: From version 1.9.1 and above, the Retroarch directory by default has changed for your Local Disk. C:\RetroArch-Win64. The process and subfolders are still the same though.
 
 

Cores

 
Just go to the path: Users\YOUR_USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\RetroArch\cores and there you’ll find the cores that you’ll have to copy/cut and paste in Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\RetroArch\cores.
 

Savefiles

 
Go to the path: Users\YOUR_USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\RetroArch\saves there you’ll find all your save files for all the games you’ve played for all the cores. Copy/cut and paste them to Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\RetroArch\saves.
 
 

Notes

 

  • Obviously you need to replace “YOUR_USERNAME” for your PC username in the paths.
  • These are the default paths.
  • You can do the same for many other kind archives and folders between the paths Users\YOUR_USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\RetroArch and Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\RetroArch.

 
 
 

GNU/Linux

Cores

 
This is even easier. Copy this text instruction and paste it in the terminal:
 
 

cp -rvu .var/app/org.libretro.RetroArch/config/retroarch/cores .local/share/Steam/steamapps/common/RetroArch\ Playtest/RetroArch-Linux-x86_64-Nightly.AppImage.config/retroarch/

 

Savefiles

 
The same. Copy and paste the following into your terminal:
 
 

cp -rvu .var/app/org.libretro.RetroArch/config/retroarch/saves .local/share/Steam/steamapps/common/RetroArch\ Playtest/RetroArch-Linux-x86_64-Nightly.AppImage.config/retroarch/

 
 

Notes

 

  • I’m using debian for this and the paths are those that the programs assign by default.
  • Note that these are the paths corresponding to the Playtest version, which is the only available for linux until now. As soon as the final version is released, I’ll update this guide in order to match all the paths.
  • This commands will copy and replace only if the source is newer than destination. So you can execute in every time you want to update your cores, save files and other stuff.
  • As well as windows, you can copy and replace the files and folders by simply changing the “cores” or “saves” folder name by the respective name of the regarding folder.
     
     
     
    GG, isn’t it?

 
 
 

Other stuff you can import

You can use this table to import other stuff between your RetroArch versions. The info here has been got from the program itself.
 

Folder nameWhat does it contain?What is if for?
systemSystem/BIOSSet the system directory.Cores can query for this directory to load BIOS, system-specific configs, etc.
downloadsDownloadsSave all downloaded files to this directory.
assetsAssetsMenu assets used by RetroArch are stored in this directory.
dynamic backgounds: you’ve gotta set it outDynamic BackgroundsDirectory to store wallpapers dynamically loaded by the menu depending on context.
thumbnailsThumbnailsSupplementary thumbnails (boxarts/misc. images, et.) are stored here.
start directory: you choose itFile BrowserSets start directory for the file browser.
configConfigSetd start directory for menu configuration browser.
coresCoreDirectory where the program searches for content/cores.
infoCore InfoApplication/core information files are stored here.
database/rbdDatabaseDatabases are stored to this directory.
database/cursorsCursorSaved queries are stored to this directory.
database/chtCheat fileCheat files are kept here.
filters/videoVideo FilterDirectory where CPU-based video filter files are kept.
filters/audioAudio FilterDirectory where audio DSP filter files are kept.
shadersVideo ShaderDefines a directory where GPU-based video shader files are kept for east access.
rec output: you need to set thisRecording OutputRecordings will be dumped into this directory.
rec config: you need to set thisRecording ConfigRecording configurations are stored in this directory.
overlayOverlayOverlays are stored in this directory.
layoutsVideo LayoutDefines a directory where video layouts are kept for easy acces.
screenshotsScreenshotDirectory to dump screenshots to.
autoconfigInput AutoconfigController profiles used to automatically configure controllers are stored in this directory.
config/remapsInput RemappingInput remaps are stored in this directory.
playlistsPlaylistsSave all playlists to this directory.
Runtime logs: you set this as wellRuntime LogsSave runtime log files to this directory.
savesSavefileSave all save files to this directory. If not set, will try to save inside the content file’s working directory.
statesSave StateSave all save states to this directory. If not set, will try to save inside the content file’s directory.
cache: once again, you set thisCacheIf set to a directory, content which is temporally extracted (e.g. from archives) will be extracted to this directory.
logSystem Event LogsSave system event log files to this directory.

 
 
 

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This is all about RetroArch – How to Import Cores and Save Game File – Windows 10; I hope you enjoy reading the Guide! If you feel like we should add more information or we forget/mistake, please let us know via commenting below, and thanks! See you soon!
 
 


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