Category Archives: Qemu

Raspberry Pi notes : Emulating Jessie image with 4.1.7 kernel

To emulate Jessie image with 4.1.7 kernel in this repo, steps differ slightly compared to a lot of (and standard) wheezy emulating guides on the internet.

In order to prepare your image for the first time, you will need a linux box (or any other OS that can mount an ext4 file from a .img file.)

I’m assuming that you have,

1. Latest jessie image

2. 4.1.7 qemu-kernel for versatilepb.

Steps :

fdisk -l <image-file>. It should show output like this one :

Disk 2015-11-21-raspbian-jessie.img: 3.7 GiB, 3934257152 bytes, 7684096 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0xea0e7380

Device                          Boot  Start     End Sectors  Size Id Type
2015-11-21-raspbian-jessie.img1        8192  131071  122880   60M  c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
2015-11-21-raspbian-jessie.img2      131072 7684095 7553024  3.6G 83 Linux

The filesystem (.img2) starts at sector 131072, which equals 512 * 131072 = 67108864 bytes. Use this as the offset, ie. mount -v -o offset=67108864 -t ext4 your-image-file.img /path/to/mnt/

  1. mount -v -o offset=67108864 -t ext4 /path/to/mnt/
  2. cd /path/to/mnt
  3. nano ./etc/
  4. Comment out every entry in it, ctrl + x –> Y to save and exit.
  5. nano ./etc/fstab
  6. Comment out entries containing /dev/mmcblk, ctrl + x –> Y to save and exit.
  7. cd ~
  8. unmount /path/to/mnt

Once done with this changes, you can emulate it on Qemu by, qemu-system-arm -kernel kernel-qemu-4.1.7-jessie -cpu arm1176 -m 256 -M versatilepb -serial stdio -append "root=/dev/sda2 rootfstype=ext4 rw" -hda <image-file-name.img>

Hope it helps.

Raspberry Pi notes : Emulating RPi (Raspbian wheezy) on Qemu

Emulation is a necessary aspect of embedded system development and Qemu is the right open source tool to do so for linux based SBCs.

To emulate RPi on Qemu, you will need two necessary files.

1) Rpi kernel (`git clone` or dowload this zip file)

2) Rpi rootfs (That would be second portion of official .img file) You can have a look at

You will also need to have latest Qemu for your OS. Go to official (

You can probably download Qemu by using package manager as well.

1) For ubuntu (and any debian based OSes):

`sudo apt-get install qemu`

2) For Mac OS X :

`brew install qemu`

3) For windows users :

You will have to download Qemu installer.

Once, Qemu installed and you have necessary files for emulation as mentioned above, Follow these particular steps for emulating RPi.

This particular guide shows you how to prepare image for emulating Raspbian-wheezy image. If you’re trying to emulate Jessie images, you should follow the other guide on this blog.

  1. `qemu-system-arm -kernel kernel-qemu -cpu arm1176 -m 256 -M versatilepb -no-reboot -serial stdio -append "root=/dev/sda2 panic=1 rootfstype=ext4 rw init=/bin/bash" -hda image-file-name.img`
  2. You should get # prompt (bash) at the end of processing.
  3. `nano /etc/
  4. Comment the 1st line saying /usr/lib/arm-linux-gnueabihf/ by putting # in front of it.
  5. Now, `nano /etc/udev/rules.d/90-qemu.rules`
  6. Add these lines.

KERNEL=="sda", SYMLINK+="mmcblk0"

KERNEL=="sda?", SYMLINK+="mmcblk0p%n"

KERNEL=="sda2", SYMLINK+="root"

  1. `sudo poweroff`
  2. Re-emulate by this command, `qemu-system-arm -kernel kernel-qemu -cpu arm1176 -m 256 -M versatilepb -serial stdio -append "root=/dev/sda2 panic=1 rootfstype=ext4 rw" -hda image-file-name.img`

Key notes :

You can have maximum ram upto 256 only as there’s a bug in versatilepb which doesn’t allow to emulate more than 256 MB.

You might want to set up ssh by adding this extra flag while using Qemu-redir tcp:2222::22

Hope it helps.