LibreELEC 9.0 Reborn Remix [ Emulationstation | Retroarch | DolphinQT | Moonlight | Chrome | Spotify | MakeMKV ]

  • I. Introduction

    I really enjoyed Escalades LE 8.0 Remix but since he's not too active anymore I've felt it's time to rebase the Remix build. The 8.2.x base is pretty outdated if you look into detail. The LE team overhauled the build system and there are pretty usefull features like git handler scripts that make it easier to build stuff without downloading the source everytime. I also wanted to take advantage of new Kodi 18 features and finally beeing able to watch my Amazon VOD stuff without using Chrome everytime.

    I know there is ongoing work to integrate RetroPlayer but IMHO this Kodi feature will never be able to compete with standanlone emulation frontends like Retroarch. Also there is no up-to-date Dolphin libretro-core available and since the develeopers will drop DolphinWX support in the near future I had to find a solution for this problem. So here we are, I rebased, updated and adjusted the packages for LE9.0-devel, added QT support for DolphinQT and fixed some non working stuff.

    As far as I can tell everything works as fine as the recent Alpha or nightly builds. Retroarch, Emulationstation and also every emulator is tested and works so far, inputstream.adaptive is included and Amazon VOD also works like a charm. Be aware that these are really fresh alpha builds. I've tested them on my HTPC hardware so some Intel & RPi3 devices but of course there can be some problems at first.

    Note: you'll need a system partition size of 1024MB - to avoid conflicts I would recommend a clean install.

    II. Bug reports / How to ask for support:

    If your problem exists on regular LibreELEC then create a new thread. That means you should compare with regular LE9.0-devel if possible. Please include a debug log with all bug reports as this greatly increases your chances of anyone taking an interest in your issue.

    Best way to do this:

    1. Enable debug logging: Settings > System > Logging > Enable debug logging

    2. Reboot

    3. Reproduce the issue

    4. Upload the log: Settings > LibreELEC > System > Submit Log > Upload latest Kodi log

    5. Post the URL in the forum with a description of the problem.

    6. Post the zip file from the logshare together with information about your hardware.

    In the case of Kodi crashing use the Upload latest Kodi crash log option.

    Bug reports without a suitable log will often be ignored - no debug log, no issue - or at best will take much longer to be investigated.

    III. Downloads

    IV. Project

    GitHub - 5schatten/ Just enough OS for KODI


  • Features of LibreELEC 9.0 Reborn Remix 1

    Addons & tools included in generic x86-64

    Minor features

    • Updated "51-these-are-not-joysticks.rules" udev rules for input devices
    • Increased system partion size to 1024MB for new installations

    Milhouse Patches

    • Include [env] patch: kodi: remove annoying, excessively repetitive addon logging
    • Include [env] patch: rev hack for kodi
    • Include [env] patch: Add kodi binary addons (pvr, adsp, inputstream, vfs, other)
    • Include [env] patch: HACK: Disable multiple PVR addons during migration. Always enable inputstream.* and os.*
    • Include [env] patch: Bump included addon versions to prevent online updates
    • Include [env] PR:2798 [perma]: linux [Generic]: update to linux-4.17.6
    • Include [env] PR:2772 [perma]: linux [RPi]: update to linux-4.14.54

    Updated driver versions

    Updated drivers & daemons

    Emulator Frontends

    Emulators included in generic x86-64 & RPi builds

    Emulators included in generic x86-64 builds

    Emulators included in RPi2 & RPi3 builds

    1 current state of git commits, upload of new builds may pending

    2 alternative emulator for low-end generic systems / default for RPi

  • Changelog:

  • How to's | FAQ:

    I. Keyboard buttons in different apps

    • Kodi shutdown menu = S
    • Kodi context menu = C
    • Spotify exit = Alt+Esc
    • Emulationstation menu = RCTRL
    • Emulationstation exit = Alt+F4
    • Retroarch menu = F1
    • Dolphin exit = Alt+Esc
    • Amiberry menu = F12
    • Amiberry joystick/mouse switch = F11
    • VICE menu = F12

    II. Emulationstation / Retroarch

    You want to test the frontends? You've got no games around?

    Well there are 2 "built-in" games that should work out of the box. A Bomberman clone & 2048 are included in Retroarchs playlist and can be activated in Emulationstation too.


    Out of the box Emulationstation will look for roms in /storage/roms so place your roms according to the emulator in the subfolders:


    Some of the emulators will probably need bios files to run properly. Some need to be placed in the folder /storage/roms/bios/ while some need an extra subfolder where it is necessary to place specific files. Also some need to be placed directly inside of the rom folder of the emulator. Of course you have to dump them yourself from your emulation hardware.


    By default RA will run in KMS mode on Intel GPUs for most emulators.

    III. Sound

    RPi should work out of the box nevertheless to have proper sound output in emulators, chrome or spotify on generic systems you'll have to edit a config file called asound.conf.sample and save is as asound.conf

    IV. Custom Skins

    If you prefer a custom skin and want to start the apps & emulator frontends you'll have to find a way to execute the following scripts.

    V. Dolphin

    If you look for common information how to properly set up Dolphin have a look at these websites

    VI. ScummVM

    You can start this emulator either by retroarch or emulationstation but to do this for the latter you have to prepare a file inside of each game folder according to the game.

    VII. Moonlight

    If you own a Nvidia GTX 600/700/900/1000 series GPU that is NVIDIA GameStream ready you will be able to stream your games from your gaming system straight to your HTPC. It's not as comfortable to setup as the broken Kodi addon but games will be streamable by Emulationstation after the first time setup.

  • 5schatten

    Changed the title of the thread from “LibreELEC 9.0 Reborn Remix” to “LibreELEC 9.0 Reborn Remix (WIP!)”.
  • I'm sorry, but maybe RPI does not support the applications mentioned, but it would be very cool if it were possible.
    Thank you.

  • Inpustream.adaptive is included so if you install your Netflix add-on it should work.

    I can compile and include librespot in RPi builds too in next builds so you can try it.

  • 5schatten

    Changed the title of the thread from “LibreELEC 9.0 Reborn Remix (WIP!)” to “LibreELEC 9.0 Reborn Remix [Emulationstation|Retroarch|DolphinQT |Chrome|Spotify] (WIP!)”.
  • 5schatten

    Thank you for doing this! Is it quite usable yet with PVR (tvheadend) and Blu-ray playback? Can I use the MakeMKV addon from your LibreELEC-8.2-Remix?

  • andersos

    The Generic build works quite fine. I've tested it today and made a clean installation on my Apollo Lake based HTPC. All emulators work fine as far as I can tell, Chrome & Spotify work and should update now automatically, TVheadend+HTS client works and the inputstream.adaptive based Amazon VOD addon too.

    I've built and uploaded MakeMKV but I'm not sure if it will work. Looks like the MakeMKV source needs an update since LE9.0 uses ffmpeg v4.0 and that version has some more ore less incompatible changes included. But you can give it a try. • View topic - Build failure with GCC 8? (Fedora 28)

    Right now I'm ironing out the last bugs of the RPi build but beside some emulator quirks this mostly works too.

  • Wow, this looks awesome. Big thanx for keeping LE Remix alive!

    Just a question, could Dolphin be easily exchanged with Ishiiruka?
    Would it make sense to drop Dolphin and build Ishiiruka in LE Remix?

    Since it is faster and less cpu consuming.

    Will test it soon by myself... but have anyone installed MakeMKV 9.0.0, does it work?
    Would like to watch BluRays inside Kodi.


    Really cool build, fixed two bugs for me at once. Always had problems with my Harmony 700 remote (and used my wireless keyboard instead), when I clicked on up down left right buttons, the cursor skipped one menue point and jumped already to the second. Now the problem is gone.
    Finally TVHeadend is working! Tried everything to get it working, always got the error TVheadend client is not reachable. Now it works out of the box.

    What is definitly not working is MakeMKV, tried to play a Bluray: Kodi reboots.

    Hope this can be fixed.

    Also my favourite Skin is not working with Leia anymore. Is there any skin avaible for Leia which supports customisation of the menue?

    Had used Estuary v2 Extended Shortcuts before, now it's incompatible.

    Edited once, last by FalconX ().

  • Looks amazing! thank you!

    Everything seem to work great, besides citra, which is unable to find the system files. (files placed under ~/roms/citra)

    Looking at the logs, i'm thinking it might be the double slash ("/storage/roms/n3ds//Citra"), but not sure how to update this path.

  • For makemkv there is a fix in the makemkv forum. Search in the Linux section from the forum. I have a working version on my HTPC with one of the latest Milhouse Builds. Maybe 5schatten can bring it inside the build as an addon like escalade.

  • For makemkv there is a fix in the makemkv forum. Search in the Linux section from the forum. I have a working version on my HTPC with one of the latest Milhouse Builds. Maybe 5schatten can bring it inside the build as an addon like escalade.

    I already patched the MakeMKV addon but I haven't tested it.


    Look at the how-to / faq section bios. You need to dump some 3DS system files first, or at last for certain games.

    Dumping System Archives and the Shared Fonts from a 3DS Console - Citra


    Well it should be possible though I'm not sure if it's reasonable. As far as I understand Ishiiruka was forked to avoid shader stuttering in the past. Since Ubershaders and Vulkan renderer work pretty fine and fast it shouldn't be necessary IMHO. But sure you can replace the sources and adjust cmake opts and it should compile.

    What kind of hardware do you use?


    Great thx for your help! I'll add the patch and upload a new version soon. I'm struggling to get all RPi emulators working. I already replaced vice for RPi by libretro-vice because of some SDLvideo GLES quirks. Just wondering if currently uae4arm & reicast work fine on your 8.2 build since those just won't work as expected.