Install chromium to watch Netflix on Raspberry Pi

RetroPie comes without the Raspbian desktop client, but it can be installed (either from menu, or manually with:

sudo apt-get install –no-install-recommends lxde

sudo apt-get install xorg raspberrypi-ui-mods rpi-chromium-mods

startx # to start the desktop client, but do next two steps first to install chromium


wget # custom compiled Chromium browser which includes Widevine DRM (needed to watch Netflix)


sudo dpkg -i chromium-browser_56.0.2924.84-0ubuntu0. # install the downloaded package


Thoughts / experience

Both the desktop client and Netflix opens nicely, but there are some issues when streaming. First; sounds is low (lower than on games in RetroPie), and picture quality is not very good. Also, after watching for about an episode, the picture starts to flicker and lag – I guess it’s because of overheating. Will try to look into this and see if things can be improved.







RetroPie setup (from Windows 10)


RetroPie setup

First install on RaspberryPi

Read and follow this…:


Enable SSH

You can connect to your RetroPie using SSH, e.g. with Putty.

To set up:

cd /boot

sudo touch ssh

sudo reboot now


Note on adding ROMS

You can find your RetroPie on your network, e.g. from Windows Explorer.

Right-click “This PC”, “Map network Drive”.

Select a letter for your drive (e.g. “R”), click “Browse”, go to “Retropie” and select the “roms”-folder.

Now you have a drive with folders for all your systems, where you can copy the ROMS from your computer to the SD-card.


Adding new system emulators

You have to go to //RetroPie/configs (instead of the roms-folder, so your previously mapped network-drive won’t get you there).



After adding ROMS, set up Scraper to fetch meta data (


Note that Scraper can now be installed from Additional Packages: