RetroAchievements In RetroArchLink

What are RetroAchievements?Link is a service that provides a trophies unlocking mechanism similar to modern consoles, for Retro games.


The service is not maintained by RetroArch or the Libretro team.


If you want to contribute, please update RetroArch and cores to get the latest fixes on the RetroAchievements feature; then in order to propose improvements to this document, do it via GitHub using "Pull Requests"

How to setup achievementsLink

  1. Register an account on (don't forget to confirm your account creation with the email they send to you).
  2. Open Retroarch and go to Settings->Achievements
  3. Enable the functionality and fill your retroachievements credentials


The hardcore mode prevents you from using emulation features like slow motion, cheats and savestates. BUT gives you double points.

Check your connection to the serviceLink

You need an active Internet connection.

In this example, we are using the game Chrono Trigger (USA) with the Snes9x core.

Launch the game and trigger the Quick Menu.

Go to Achievements and you should see a list of the unlockable trophies for this game.

Check your progressLink

On the retroachievements website, you can login and access your account page.

You should be able to check your progress in the games and see which trophies you unlocked.

Trophies unlocked in hardcore mode are marked with a special color.

You can also check the progress of your friends and add comments on their trophies.

Cores CompatibilityLink


Core Supported Notes
QuickNES On Android has a known issue
Nestopia UE
Emux NES

Master System / MegaDrive - GenesisLink

Core Supported
Genesis Plus GX
Emux SMS


Core Supported Notes
Snes9x 2010
Snes9x 2005
Snes9x 2005 Plus
Snes9x 2002
higan Accuracy
nSide Balanced
bsnes Accuracy
bsnes Balanced
bsnes Performance
bsnes-mercury Accuracy
bsnes-mercury Balanced
bsnes-mercury Performance
Beetle bsnes
bsnes C++98 (v085)

Game Boy / Game Boy ColorLink

Core Supported Notes
mGBA Achievements only work for the Game Boy Advance
Emux GB
TGB Dual

Game Boy AdvanceLink

Core Supported Notes
VBA Next
Beetle GBA

PC EngineLink

Core Supported
Beetle PCE Fast
Beetle SGX

Nintendo 64Link

Core Supported
ParaLLEl N64

Atari LynxLink

Core Supported Notes
Handy Support added in 22-October-2017. In order to work needs to update RetroArch too.