Raspberry Pi Emulator

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RaspiEmu is a Raspberry Pi emulator, capable of running almost any ARM operating system; One of which is the commonly used Raspbian*(4) from the Raspberry Pi 1, the Raspberry Pi 2, and the Raspberry Pi 3.

The operating system "Raspbian" is a Debian AM variant created specifically for the Raspberry Pi, which cannot run on i386 (Intel) Desktops or Laptops without emulation, which is exactly what RaspiEmu does. This software emulates a Raspberry Pi for those who wish to test & develop compatability of their software, while putting the QEMU command-line behind a simple user-interface.*

This software is free, and is developed in my free time. However, donations are greatly appreciated! If you get too tired of the nagging (and don't wish to donate :/), feel free to send me a message, and I'll fix you a key.

Read more about RaspiEmu on Softpedia

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)

Supported/tested guests*(4)
Raspbian Jessie
Raspbian Stretch
Other untested guests*(4)
Ubuntu Mate
Archlinux ARM

not compatible with macos mojave
Disk images (IMG/ZIP) can be downloaded here.
v1.6 for Linux is available here

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.8.4
  • Broadband internet connection
  • Intel i5-3210M or equivalent
  • 500 MB available storage (varies)
  • 3+ GB per disk image


Most documentation is available offline via the Help>Documentation menu item.

There are online guides available; you can start with the troubleshooting, and getting started article

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