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Hiding RetroPie Emulators: How To Hide Unwanted Game Menus

August 24, 2016 by in category RetroPie Beginner Guides with 0 and 1

If you have just recently installed RetroPie, you may have noticed a bunch of items in the menu that are either useless or just unwanted.

If you need help installing RetroPie you can follow our super easy RetroPie Setup Guide.

By default, the RetroPie install provides some ROMs and setup scripts for some obscure emulators. In this easy to follow guide, we are going to remove those folders completely from our RetroPie menus.

retropie emulators amiga retrojar
retropie emulators scummvm retrojar
retropie emulators apple2 retrojar

Why are they there?


The RetroPie emulator menu options will appear on your RetroPie dashboard if the ROM folder contains a file. Likewise, if there are no files in a specific ROM folder, then the emulator menu will not show up on your RetroPie dashboard.

This is why we don’t initially see menus for emulators like SNES or Genesis, because they have no files or ROMS in the corresponding folder yet.


How to hide them


There are a few ways we can make them disappear, the easiest would be to go into those ROM folders and delete all the files in them. The problem with this is once we delete them they are gone for good!

So, we are going to simply move the folders around so they are no longer visible to RetroPie. That way if we ever want those files in the future, we can recover them.


What you need


In this guide, we are going to use a very helpful tool called WinSCP. WinSCP will allow us to browse and edit RetroPie’s directory structure graphically just like windows.

You can download WinSCP safely and for free right here.

We will also need to connect to the Raspberry Pi over a network. The 2 easiest ways to achieve this is connecting your RetroPie Wifi to the same network as your computer. (You can follow the instructions for this here)

Or you can simply connect the Raspberry Pi to your computer using a Cat5 network cable. To avoid any confusion, disable Wifi on both RetroPie and your computer.


Hiding unwanted RetroPie emulators


Now that you have WinSCP installed and both your computer and Raspberry Pi on the same network, we can hide the unwanted ROM folders.

Connect with WinSCP


Open WinSCP and set the following:

Host name: retropie

User name: pi

Password: raspberry

Then click Login


retropie emulators winscp login retrojar


Navigate to the roms folder


Once logged in you will see a window similar to the one below. The left hand pane is your own computers directory. The right hand pane is the Raspberry Pi’s directory. We are only going to worry about the right hand pane.

You should arrive by default at the directory /home/pi on the Raspberry Pi.

However we want to navigate to /home/pi/RetroPie/roms

To do that we simply double click on the appropriate folders.


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This should now put us in the roms folder. You should be able to see a folder for each emulator in this directory.


Add a new folder


We now want to create a new folder in this directory and label it something like “Unwanted roms” or “Unused”. It’s up to you really. Simply click on the little folder icon (highlighted below) and create your new folder. You only need to name the folder, you can leave all the permissions alone.


retropie emulators winscp newfolder retrojar


Move unwanted emulators into new folder


Now that we have our new folder, we want to cut and paste (or click and drag) our unwanted rom folders into this new one. Here is a list of the rom folders that are populated after a fresh install. These are the ones we want to move into the new folder.

  • amiga
  • apple2
  • macintosh
  • pc
  • scummvm
  • zmachine
  • ports (this actually contains games so you may want to leave it)

To do this, you can simply click and drag these folders into your new folder


retropie emulators winscp clickdrag retrojar


Once you have done that, you can open up your new folder to see they have been moved.


retropie emulators winscp unwantedroms retrojar


That’s it!


That’s all you need to do.

Now simply restart your Raspberry Pi. When RetroPie loads back up, those game menus will be gone.


Reinstating emulators


Now if in the future you actually want to bring those rom folders and files back, it’s just a case of cutting and pasting them back into the roms folder and they will appear again in RetroPie.


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There is also a great video detailing most of this process provided by Herb Fargus

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