Raspberry Pi Emulator
version 2.7.9 (View changes)
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RaspiEmu is a Raspberry Pi emulator, capable of running almost any (ARM architecture) operating system, from the Raspberry Pi 1 and the Raspberry Pi 2.
The Raspberry Pi is a credit card sized computer; the operating system is "Raspbian", a Debian AM variant, which cannot run on i386 (Intel) Desktops or Laptops.
This is meant for those who do not wish to fiddle with the command-line, and do not have a Raspberry Pi available or are too lazy.
(This is not a replacement, as performance will vary. This is meant to allow development on Raspberry Pi projects without physical access)*
Features√ Boots Raspberry Pi 1 and Raspberry Pi 2 *(2)
√ TCP and USB networking support *(2)
√ Supports Archlinux, Raspbian, etc. (most Pi operating systems)
√ Multiple boot modes (command-line and graphical)
Others Pre-release (beta) | for Linux
Minimum• Mac OS X 10.8.4
• Broadband internet connection
• Intel 64-bit processor
• 2.5 GB available storage (varies)
Third-party, Legal, Notices
* This point cannot be stressed enough; if you want a "real" raspberry Pi, buy one from raspberrypi.org. This is a tool meant for writing and testing software, and is not an equal replacement in terms of performance and capabilities.
** Please note that currently, 'networking' is only supported on the Pi 1.
Wolfram requires a purchase of a key from wolfram.org to activate.
*** This is donation-ware (or "Freeware", "Freemium"). As such, you may use this free of charge, however there will be a delay in launching and some nagging.
No functionality will be removed other than that.
Raspberry Pi Emulator, Raspberry Pi Emu, or/and RaspiEmu are not affiliated with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, or the QEmu project.
RaspiEmu is a way to emulate Raspbian (an open source project), using the QEmu software.
Raspbian (Debian) is provided as a default, however images have been modified to suit emulation, and are available for free at
Modified files include: /etc/udev/qemu.90.rules, /etc/ld.so.preload
QEMU is a trademark of Fabrice Bellard and developers. (http://wiki.qemu.org/)
The Raspberry Pi Logo, and the Raspberry Pi Wordmark are trademarks of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. (http://raspberrypi.org/)
Uses additional third-party software, individual binary licenses are available in the application directory Raspberry Pi Emu.app/Contents > Resources > runtime > LEGAL.