Saturday, 19 January 2013 20:28

Virtualbox Raspberry Pi Emulator

Would like to have Raspberry Pi experience before you own one of the boards? This article show you how to use VirtualBox as a emulator of Raspberry Pi
VirtualBox running in Ms Windows


  • Download the zip file and extract the included torrent file to any folder
  • Open the torrent file with any torrent client. I'm using flashget to open the torrent file.
  • The download should start.
  • You will have a 658,763KB ova file upon completion of downloading

The ova file (RaspberryPi.ova) that you downloaded is a virtual machine file, it cannot open directly from VirtualBox. You must import the ova to VirtualBox before you can use it.
  • Run VirtualBox
  • Select File>Import Appliance as shown in figure below

Import OVA file from VirtualBox

  • Click on Choose button
  • Choose the RaspberryPi.ova file
  • Click on Next button and you will see a list of the import settings
  • Click on Import button to start importing, it takes about one or two minutes to complete the importing.
  • A RaspberryPi VM is created as shown in figure below
Raspberry Pi 
  • Double click the RaspberryPi icon to star the VM
  • Enter rpi for login user
  • Enter password for login password. You will see the Linux Ubuntu screen as shown in figure below

Raspberry Pi Emulator

  • Open the LXTerminal
  • Enter the following command
cd debian
  • Enter password for the password
  • You should see this
rpi@RaspberryPi:~/debian$ ./launchDebian
[sudo] password for rpi:
oss: Could not initialize DAC
oss: Failed to open `/dev/dsp'
oss: Reason: No such file or directory
oss: Could not initialize DAC
oss: Failed to open `/dev/dsp'
oss: Reason: No such file or directory
audio: Failed to create voice `lm4549.out'
VNC server running on `'
  • This will start the VNC server
  • Open another LXTerminal
  • Enter the following command
xtightvncviewer localhost
  • The raspberry-pi login is root
  • The login password is password
  • You are now logged into the emulated Raspberry Pi
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  • Comment Link Aleey Monday, 18 January 2016 06:27 posted by Aleey

    Work under NAS4Free (FreeBSD-10.2) Virtualbox

  • Comment Link admin Saturday, 16 January 2016 17:44 posted by admin

    I have no idea on ipv6

  • Comment Link A3PO Thursday, 14 January 2016 00:44 posted by A3PO

    xtightvncviewer localhost
    does not work due to ipv6

    Please advise - how to connect ?

  • Comment Link admin Sunday, 03 January 2016 00:48 posted by admin

    Hi, sahmada
    The password is "password" (without quote).

  • Comment Link sahmada Friday, 01 January 2016 14:27 posted by sahmada

    BTW , what is the ROOT password of the linux?

  • Comment Link sahmada Friday, 01 January 2016 12:50 posted by sahmada

    Dear ADMIN
    I imported ova into VMWare and it runs the Virtual Machine well.
    But I have the problem when I want to run ./launchDebian :
    It gives the following message after running VNC server :
    VNC Server running on `::1:5900'
    I know it's an IPv6 for localhost, but VNC does not connect to this or even localhost.

  • Comment Link admin Thursday, 31 December 2015 20:06 posted by admin

    Hi, sahmada
    I'm not sure. You should try Docker.

  • Comment Link sahmada Thursday, 31 December 2015 12:34 posted by sahmada

    Can I import OVA file into VMWare?

  • Comment Link Admin Thursday, 13 June 2013 19:43 posted by Admin

    It won't run on MS Windows. That why you have to use VirtualBox.

  • Comment Link Michael Wednesday, 12 June 2013 17:52 posted by Michael

    Is this Virtual Machine Work in Windows x32 or Windows 64 Bit Only

  • Comment Link user Thursday, 18 April 2013 02:41 posted by user

    this is not a true raspberry pi, this is only linux (x86) virtual machine, raspberry is ARM machine.

  • Comment Link Cumpanasu Florin Saturday, 13 April 2013 20:02 posted by Cumpanasu Florin

    User is rpi and password is password

  • Comment Link Rostislav LIBER Tuesday, 26 March 2013 16:15 posted by Rostislav LIBER


    Is Virtual Box really able to emulate ARM CPU ? I would like to setup my own virtual computer with Raspbian image due to using of the Pi Store.

    I use Virtual Box on Linux Mint 13.

  • Comment Link langga Saturday, 02 March 2013 14:33 posted by langga

    Work Fine on CentOS 6.3


  • Comment Link Loren Sunday, 10 February 2013 23:13 posted by Loren


    VirtualBox running in Ms Windows

    this also works fine with VirtualBox running on Mac OS X

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