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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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#12 admin 2015-07-27 20:19
Hi James. This emulator is rather old. You may want to use QEMU.
#11 James 2015-07-23 23:09
hi, thanks for the download. I load up the virtual box, open the Terminal, and type the command " sudo raspi-config ". My goal is to enable SSH? the message I get back is "command not found" any help would be great. also I can get VNC to work. it wont establish a connection. my network setting are good. I have a bridged interface and have given the Pi a static IP of (the Host is server 2008r2 with an IP of someone tell me where I am going wrong. Thanks for the help in advance.
#10 343Modding 2014-09-28 00:47
rubbish emulator

it says raspberry pi in the QEMU console but none of the rpi commands work
not even startx
#9 Ben 2014-09-16 08:55
This is pretty cool, but how do I us an SD card image on my virtual raspberry pi? If I can practice installing an actual image as if it was an SD card in a real raspberry pi I don't see the point.
#8 Huw 2014-09-15 22:11
Using Window 7 laptop, how do you get the virtual pi's Ethernet to work? I just get "can't resolve hostname" if I try an connect
#7 Admin 2013-06-13 19:43
It won't run on MS Windows. That why you have to use VirtualBox.
#6 Michael 2013-06-12 17:52
Is this Virtual Machine Work in Windows x32 or Windows 64 Bit Only
#5 user 2013-04-18 02:41
this is not a true raspberry pi, this is only linux (x86) virtual machine, raspberry is ARM machine.
Cumpanasu Florin
#4 Cumpanasu Florin 2013-04-13 20:02
User is rpi and password is password
Rostislav LIBER
#3 Rostislav LIBER 2013-03-26 16:15

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.

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