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Raspberry Pi Emulation

Would like to have a Raspberry Pi experience the before you buy one of the boards?

What you need is a virtual machine.

This is software that can emulate the Raspberry Pi within a virtual environment - complete with user interface, applications and tools. It doesn't matter whether you own a Windows, Apple or Linux machine, they can all run a virtual machine environment.

QEMU software is such virtual machine solution, which can emulate the ARM chip that powers the Raspberry Pi board.

QEMU on Windows

If you are using a Windows PC the simplest and fastest way to get up and running is with a way is to obtain a zip containing everything you need.

Step 1
Download this zip file, which includes the 2012-07-15 Raspberry Pi operating system image based on a Debian Wheezy Raspbian build.

Step 2
Unzip the downloaded zip file.

Step 3
Follow the instructions in the 'README.txt' file in the 'qemu' folder.

QEMU on Linux or Mac OS X

As far as I know nobody has produced a similarly simple process for emulating a Raspberry Pi with QEMU on Linux or Mac OS X.

However, here are a couple of websites that provide step-by-step instructions:


Mac OS X

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