Retro Gaming on Kodi 19 with IAGL add-on [Oct 2021]

Kodi can run a wide variety of retro games using Retroplayer, an internal player core based on Libretro that allows Kodi to play games in addition to video and audio.

To play retro games on Kodi you need three things: a game ROM image, an emulator to run the game, and a gamepad or controller.

Retroplayer (which has been included in Kodi since version 18) will help you select and install the appropriate emulator from the official Kodi repository. In fact, if you already own ROMs of your favorite games you can run them on Kodi without the need for external add-ons.

To get game ROMs on Kodi we’ll use Internet Archive Game Launcher (IAGL), an add-on that allows you to browse and download ROMs from the Internet Archive, a non-profit library containing millions of free books, movies, software, music, and more.

In this guide, we are going to install IAGL on Kodi 19 Matrix. Let’s get started!

If this is the first time you install add-ons on Kodi, you’ll have to allow the installation of unofficial add-ons. Please read How to allow 3rd-party add-ons on Kodi and come back here when you’re ready.

1. Downloading the repository zip file

First, let’s download the repository zip file for IAGL from its official source on zach-morris’ Github page.

1. Go to the IAGL add-on GitHub page. Scroll down, and download the repository zip file. download zach-morris repository on GitHub

Alternatively, you can download the repository zip file from the IAGL repository Github page. Both pages are by the same author.

2. Installing zach-morris repository

The repository is responsible for installing and updating the add-on. Let’s use the file we’ve just downloaded to install the repo on Kodi.

2. Press the cog icon near the top left corner of the Home Screen. Open System menu on Kodi using the cog icon

3. Select Add-ons. Kodi Add-on Browser on System Menu

4. Press Install from zip file. install kodi add-on from zip file

On Kodi 19, you’ll see a message about the auto-update feature. Press Yes to continue.

5. Locate the recently downloaded file and click on it to install the repository. install IAGL repository on Kodi

3. Installing IAGL on Kodi

Now that the repository is installed, let’s use it to install Internet Archive Game Launcher on Kodi.

6. Select Install from repository. Install add-on from repository on Kodi

7. Click on Zack Morris Add-ons to open the repository. Zach Morris Kodi repository

8. Select Video add-ons. video add-ons category on zach-morris repository

9. Now select Internet Archive Game Launcher. IAGL Kodi add-on on zach-morris repository

10. Press the Install button. Install IAGL kodi add-on

11. You’ll see a list of dependencies to be installed with the add-on. Press OK and wait for the installation process to finish. list of dependecies for Internet Archive Game Launcher (IAGL)

You’ll be prompted to run the YouTube setup wizard, press No to use the default settings on the YouTube add-on.

12. Go back to the Home Screen, highlight the Add-ons tab, and select Internet Archive Game Launcher. Kodi Internet Archive Game Launcher (IAGL) add-on

4. Setting up Internet Archive Game Launcher

We are going to configure IAGL using its setup wizard. Open the add-on and accept the Terms of use.

13. Press Yes to execute the Setup Wizard. execute IAGL setup wizard

14. Now press OK. Internet Archive Game Launcher setup wizard

15. Some game lists require an archive.org account. Press Yes to enter your account info or No to continue without an account. set up your archive.org account on IAGL

Using an archive.org account is not required but some game lists may not work without one. You can always create an account and enter the corresponding data later.

16. Now select Kodi Retroplayer as a launcher. using IAGL with Kodi Retroplayer

17. You’ll be prompted to install the emulators. Press Choose on launch (Auto). installing emulators on Kodi with IAGL

There are many emulators for many different platforms, installing all of them can be time-consuming. Pressing Choose on launch will let you select and install the emulators before launching a game.

18. Press OK. Retroplayer setup complete with IAGL and Kodi

19. We recommend pre-caching the game lists, Press Yes and wait a couple of minutes for the process to finish.IAGL pre-cache game lists

Pre-caching all the game lists can take several minutes on low-powered devices but will significantly speed up browsing the add-on’s menu later.

5. Playing games on Kodi with IAGL

Now that we installed and configured Internet Archive Game Launcher on Kodi, let’s play some retro games!

20. Select Browse all Lists from the IAGL main menu.Browse all lists category on IAGL's main menu

21. The list is organized by platform. Let’s select Internet Archive Best of – NES.IAGL list of platforms

22. Select One Big List.selecting games on IAGL Kodi add-on

23. Choose a game.selecting a game with Internet Archive Game Launcer

24. Press Launch.launching games with Kodi and IAGL

25. Now select an emulator.select an emulator

IAGL will download the ROM from the Internet Archive and Retroplayer will install the emulator from the official Kodi repository. After the process is finished, the emulator will launch.

26. Press Select + X on your controller to open the in-game menu.press Select + X on the controller to open the in-game menu

Some games work better with certain emulators. If a game won’t start or work properly, try choosing another emulator from the list. Sometimes you’ll have to try a couple of emulators to find the one that works best for you.

6. Changing IAGL cache size

Game ROM files are stored in a temporary cache folder. By default, the allowed cache size is 0 so IAGL won’t keep any ROM in the cache. This means that you’ll have to download the ROM file every time you want to play a game.

Increasing the cache size will allow IAGL to keep the files, the size of the folder depends on the kind of games you play. ROMs for older platforms are just a few KB while some games for newer platforms can take hundreds of MB.

The cache folder path is <path_to_kodi>/userdata/addon_data/plugin.program.iagl/game_cache

I. Highlight (do not press) Internet Archive Game Launcher, open the Context Menu, and select Settings.opening IAGL settings

(Note: To open the Context Menu press C on the keyboard, long-press on touch devices, menu key on the remote,  or right-click with the mouse)

II. Select the General tab, scroll down to Cache Size (MB) and increase the cache size to your needs. Press OK to save the changes.increase cache size

Now the ROM files will stay on the cache folder, just be aware that IAGL will clean the folder once the size limit is reached.

7. Adding games to favorites list

Internet Archive Game Launcher has a favorites list so you can bookmark your favorite games and create custom lists.

I. Open the Context Menu on a game and select Add to IAGL Favorites.adding game to IAGL favorites

II. Press Create New Favorite List.create a new favorite list on IAGL

III. Set a name for your list.setting a name for new list

The game will be added to your list. You can create many lists to organize your games to your liking.

VI. To access your favorite lists use Favorites on the IAGL main menu.favorite games list on IAGL and Kodi

You’re ready to play some retro games on Kodi with Internet Archive Game Launcher.

IAGL offers many more ways to customize your experience like replacing Retroplayer with external emulators (like RetroArch, MAME, or Dolphin) and storing ROMS on folders outside the cache for offline gaming. Check out the IAGL wiki for more information.

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