TUTORIAL: KODI, how to play with emulators and download roms easily

TUTORIAL: KODI, how to play with emulators and download roms easily

Today we present our KODI emulator configuration guide, a system with which we can download games directly without worrying about looking for the ROM.

From version CODE 18 Read This content manager and player allows us to easily run countless emulators with a similar RetroArch system with different emulators that allow us to run the games that interest us. We can also download games directly thanks to a repository of historical games that we can install in KODI and that way the exact ROM will always be installed so that it works without problems.


From RENT 18 Laia we have a manager of emulators integrated in the section Games using the function Library API or directly run games that don’t need an emulator. We will only have to do a few simple steps to configure the emulator system, automatic download of roms and controls.

  • Emulators depend on the power of our hardware and the system.
  • Supported emulators: AMIGA, MSX, NES, SNES, GBA, MG, DC, NDS, CPS1 / 2/3 …
  • 3D games not supported: PS1, GC, Wii, PS2, PS3, XBOX (Run with external RetroArch emulator)
  • Complete list of emulated systems

Install ROMS repository

Once we have the installation program, the EmuELEC system file and the device tree of our device, we can create the SD memory or USB drive to start this system, we execute the installation program. If it does not work by USB drive it is advisable to use an SD card, in any case we must have the fastest possible drive if we are going to use it with this method.

  1. Evening add-on ONLY WORKS WITH KODI 19.
  2. Download file from Rom repository (AIGL), if it doesn’t work see here ( IAGL Addon > Option 1)
  3. We copy the ZIP file on a USB memory and connect it to our TV-Box or device with KODI
  4. Within KODI we activate permissions from unknown sources within KODI in:
    Settings > System > Add-ons = ON “Unknow sources”
  5. We are going to install the ZIP from the repository within Add-ons > Icono caja superior izquierda > Install from ZIP file
  6. We select the ZIP of the downloader repository in the USB drive or download folder, it will be installed automatically.
  7. We return to the Installer of Add-ons (caja) > Install from repository > Zach Morris Add-ons
  8. Within that repository we will Game add-ons > Game providers > Internet Archive Game Launcher
  9. In the AIGL add-on file, click on Install > OK
  10. The add-on and all dependencies will be downloaded, it may take a long time.
  11. We return to the beginning of KODI and we will have in Games > IAGL with the new add-on.
  12. We run the add-on and follow the steps of the wizard to install the emulator cores that we want.

Internet Archive Game Launcher, basic usage guide

With the Add-on installed Internet Archive Game Launcher We have several lists available to locate the desired game, we will only have to find it and give it to play to run it, we can also install or configure it in detail in its file.

  • All: Sorted in alphabetical order.
  • Category: By category, such as bits, year, machine, or best by system.
  • Favorites: Our favorites.
  • Search: Search by different sections.
  • Random Play: Pick one at random and run it.

Launch games with Internet Archive Game Launcher

The process is very simple with Internet Archive Game LauncherLike RetroArch, the system will detect the game we want to run and install the appropriate mod for that emulator.

  • We execute the game that interests us, from the tab we can Launch or Install it.
  • When it is executed we have to choose the desired emulator, each game can be better one or the other.

In-game emulator menu

To be able to enter and exit the emulation of the game that we are running we have a key combination in our command that gives us access to different functions.

  • You have to pay attention to the combination of keys to go to emulator menu normally Select + X.
  • From this menu we have access to special functions and configuration settings.

BIOS files for some emulators

Although this system can also download the BIOS file necessary to run the emulator if we have problems we can do it manually and place it in the corresponding folder.

  • Each BIOS file must have an exact name, see here.
  • You can download the BIOS HERE, they are also found on other Internet sites with the previous file name.


We can use any Gamepad detected by our system. Yes, we are using a TV-Box with Android you have to test that the remote is detected correctly and that we can move around the environment using all the buttons that we will later use in the emulator. If the system does not detect the controller, we will not be able to use it to play, normally the following are compatible:

EmuELEC Gamepad Configuration

For correctly configure our controls We have to assign the buttons correctly in each profile, we can do it generically for all or in detail for each remote we have.

  1. Enter into Settings (gear at the top in KODI).
  2. Access the menu System > Input > Configure attached controller.
  3. Assign the buttons and levers of our command.
  4. Within Get More… we have more types of controls and options.


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