Raspberry Pi Emulator

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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)*

 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)


Other downloads | for Linux

System Requirements

• 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.