To access RetroPie via SSH using root account:

  • Open file sshd_config located in etc/ssh:
    sudo nano /etc/ssh/sshd_config 
    • Find line:
      PermitRootLogin without-password
    • Comment it out (or delete) it and replace with:
      PermitRootLogin yes
    • Save changes (CTRL + X)
  • Set root password:
    sudo passwd root
  • Reboot your Raspberry Pi

June 2017
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
RetroPi 4.2

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