[Updated]Get emulating while you’re waiting

We’re guessing that after yesterday’s craziness you find yourself in one of two states:

  1. You’ve ordered a Raspberry Pi but it’s not going to get delivered for a while.
  2. You couldn’t order a Raspberry Pi this time round but are still really keen to get started.

Well fear not because we’re going to talk you through setting up an emulator for the Raspberry Pi and it’s really rather easy.

Firstly, you’ll need to download a piece of software called Virtualbox. VirtualBox is free software and available for OS X, Windows and Linux. The software allows you to run virtual machines within your existing operating system.

The second thing you’ll need to download is the Raspberry Pi emulator which you can get here(choose the most recent version of RaspberryPi.VMware.zip).

From here getting the emulator up and running is very simple. Install VirtualBox and unzip the emulator. Inside the emulator you’ll find to files one ending .ovf and the other .vmdk. Double click the .ovf file and VirtualBox will open with a screen about “Appliance Import Settings”. Click import and wait a few minutes while it imports.

When the import has finished VirtualBox should have ‘Raspberry Pi’ in its list of machines. Select it and click start. When you come to the log in screen:

User: rpi
Pass: password


This is emulated linux environment will allow you to run the Raspberry Pi simulation. To do so:

Click on the X in the bottom left corner (where the Windows button is for MS users)
Find and open LX terminal. Then run the following terminal commands.

First acquire the debian image prepared for the R_Pi’s arm processor.

wget http://rpi.descartes.co.uk/sim-emu/debian6.tar.gz

Then extract the image.
tar -zxvf debian6.tar.gz

Change directory to the newly created folder.
cd debian6

Launch your new emulator!

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1 Response to [Updated]Get emulating while you’re waiting

  1. James says:

    Hi, thanks for sharing this information. I can’t get it to work though. I get this error before I get a chance to enter any login information:

    Failed to open a session for the virtual machine RaspberryPi.
    Failed to load VMMR0.r0 (VERR_SUPLIB_OWNER_NOT_ROOT).
    Result Code: NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
    Component: Console
    Interface: IConsole {1968b7d3-e3bf-4ceb-99e0-cb7c913317bb}

    Any ideas?
    P.S. To find the .ovf I had to download Virtualbox.zip, which is separate from the VMWare zip file.

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