EmulationStation Themes

A selection of Batocera-compatible themes can be installed through the menu UPDATES & DOWNLOADSTHEMES. This gives you the option to select a and set a new theme for your system.

Compatibility issues for themes are not unheard of, so be sure to make sure there are no reported issues on the theme you’re applying.

Starting with Batocera.linux 5.24, most EmulationStation for RetroPie and Recalbox are compatible. But some features are unique to Batocera and require a theme that has been designed for Batocera.

This menu gives you a list of themes available like:

In the screenshot above you can see which new themes can be downloaded, and which themes are available for an upgrade, based on their icons. Here is a video example of how to install a theme from the content downloader:

A good resource for downloading themes is Lehcimcramtrebor's Github page.

There is a whole section for Batocera-EmulationStation themes on the Batocera website.

Here is the list of all available themes.

Alekfull-NXhttps://github.com/fagnerpc/Alekfull-NX
Arcadeplanethttps://github.com/EvilDindon/ES-THEME-ARCADEPLANET
Art-bookhttps://github.com/anthonycaccese/es-theme-art-book
Artflixhttps://github.com/fagnerpc/Alekfull-ARTFLIX
Artflix-Cobaltohttps://github.com/galisteogames/ARTFLIX-Cobalto
Back_to_star_warshttps://github.com/polosanretro/Back_to_star_wars
Batocera-Club-Reloadedhttps://github.com/lehcimcramtrebor/es-theme-batocer-club-reloaded
BichromaticPadshttps://github.com/DarrenCarol/Bichromatic-Pads
BrowBows-Hederhttps://github.com/hedergim/es-theme-BrowBows-Heder
Ckau-Bookhttps://github.com/CkauNui/ckau-book
ComicScraphttps://github.com/lehcimcramtrebor/es-theme-comicscrap
DragonBall-TMCTVhttps://github.com/Genetik57/es-theme-dragonball-TMCTV
EpicNoirhttps://github.com/c64-dev/es-theme-epicnoir
Es-dbz-contacthttps://github.com/polosanretro/es_DBZ_Contact
Es-theme-RBHShttps://github.com/Rogerio848484/es-theme-RBHS
Flat-Colorhttps://github.com/Genetik57/es-theme-flat-color
Flat-Whitehttps://github.com/Genetik57/es-theme-flat-white
Foreverhttps://github.com/lehcimcramtrebor/es-theme-forever
GPi-MiniJawnhttps://github.com/Genetik57/es-theme-gpi-minijawn
GPi-Next-Levelhttps://github.com/Genetik57/es-theme-gpi-next-level
GPi-Next-Pixelhttps://github.com/SamYStudiO/es-theme-next-pixel
GPi-Super-Retroboyhttps://github.com/KALEL1981/es-theme-Super-Retroboy
GPi-TFThttps://github.com/Genetik57/es-theme-gpi-tft
Hexahttps://github.com/lehcimcramtrebor/es-theme-HEXA
Hexa-handheldhttps://github.com/lehcimcramtrebor/es-theme-HEXA-HANDHELD
Hursty-ArcadeParadisehttps://github.com/RetroHursty69/RetroBat-ArcadeParadise
Hursty-ComicPophttps://github.com/RetroHursty69/RetroBat-ComicPop
Hursty-CosmicRisehttps://github.com/RetroHursty69/Retrobat-CosmicRiseRB
Hursty-Crescendohttps://github.com/RetroHursty69/Retrobat-Crescendo
Hursty-HeyChromeyhttps://github.com/RetroHursty69/Retrobat-HeyChromeyRB
Hursty-Monochromehttps://github.com/RetroHursty69/Retrobat-Monochrome
Hursty-SuperSweethttps://github.com/RetroHursty69/Retrobat-SuperSweetRB
Hursty-Uniflyeredhttps://github.com/RetroHursty69/Retrobat-UniflyeredRB
HUDGEMhttps://github.com/lehcimcramtrebor/es-theme-HUDGEM
Hypertocera-TMCTVhttps://github.com/Genetik57/es-theme-hypertocera-TMCTV
Hypertocera-arcade-TMCTVhttps://github.com/Genetik57/es-theme-hypertocera-arcade-TMCTV
Immersivehttps://github.com/DarrenCarol/Immersive
Minimalhttps://github.com/fabricecaruso/es-theme-minimal
Next-Level-Remixhttps://github.com/ordovice/es-theme-next-level-remix
OmegaDrivehttps://github.com/Arcanthur/OmegaDrive
Piboy-BThttps://github.com/Kikk0s/Piboy_BT
Platformhttps://github.com/lehcimcramtrebor/es-theme-platform
Playstation-Xhttps://github.com/pajarorrojo/es-theme-PlayStation-X
RCBXhttps://github.com/lehcimcramtrebor/es-theme-RCBX
Retroconsoleshttps://github.com/polosanretro/Retroconsoles
RetroFixhttps://github.com/20GotoTen/es-theme-retrofix
RVGMhttps://github.com/Darknior/RVGM-BT-Theme
Sega-CD-Minihttps://github.com/Arcanthur/Sega-CD-Mini
Sheezie2Cleanhttps://github.com/Sheezie/Sheezie2Clean
Simplehttps://github.com/RetroPie/es-theme-simple
SimpleLifehttps://github.com/DarrenCarol/Simple_Life
Star-Wars-TMCTVhttps://github.com/Genetik57/es-theme-starwars-TMCTV
Tron-TMCTVhttps://github.com/Genetik57/es-theme-tron-TMCTV
Zoidhttps://github.com/RetroPie/es-theme-zoid

You can find all the information displayed on the Batocera website through this JSON feed, which is updated on a daily basis.

This script works for Raspberr Pi only.

pishoot.sh
#!/bin/bash
res_height=1080
res_width=1920
saveplace="$HOME"
compression=6      #level from 0 to 9
 
mkdir -p "$saveplace"
 
read -p "Enter name of theme now: " theme_name
[[ -z $theme_name ]] && echo "Not nice ..." && exit
theme_name="${theme_name,,}" #force lowercase
cat << _EOF_
 
We create 3 files now
1. ${theme_name}_system -> For main system view
2. ${theme_name}_list   -> For the ROMs list menu
3. ${theme_name}_grid   -> For the ROMs grid view
 
These Pictures will be saved into directory
$saveplace
 
Select the view for ES (system, list and grid)
So press ENTER to create the pictures.
_EOF_
 
for i in system list grid; do
    read -p "If you are ready then press ENTER for screenshot: ${theme_name}_$i.png"
    raspi2png -p "${saveplace}/${theme_name}_$i.png" -d 1 -h $res_height -w $res_width -c $compression
done

Starting with Batocera 36, the process for installing/upgrading/removing themes is embedded in EmulationStation code. By default, it fetches the themes from a JSON feed with the same format as the one given below.

If you want to point the content downloader themes section to your own JSON description, you can do that by editing batocera.conf and adding:

global.themes.url=https://batocera.org/upgrades/themes.json

For Batocera 35 and earlier, this process was using the batocera-es-theme script:

batocera-es-theme - downloads and installs EmulationStation themes for Batocera

It accepts two modes: 'list' and 'install <theme>'
  - 'list' for the list of themes available online, and if they are
    [A]vailable to install, [I]nstalled or [?]unknown.
  - 'install <theme>' to install the theme, from its theme name.
  - 'remove <theme>' to delete an installed theme.

If you have a local /userdata/system/themes.txt file,
it will override the one hosted on Batocera website.
[root@BATOCERA /userdata/system]# batocera-es-theme
batocera-es-theme - downloads and installs EmulationStation themes for Batocera

It accepts two modes: 'list' and 'install <theme>'
  - 'list' for the list of themes available online, and if they are
    [A]vailable to install, [I]nstalled or [?]unknown.
  - 'install <theme>' to install the theme, from its theme name.
  - 'remove <theme>' to delete an installed theme.

If you have a local /userdata/system/themes.txt file,
it will override the one hosted on Batocera website.

From https://github.com/batocera-linux/batocera.linux/blob/master/package/batocera/core/batocera-scripts/scripts/batocera-es-theme.

  • themes.txt
  • Last modified: 3 weeks ago
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