QEMU amd64 (qemu-amd64)

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This device is used for testing purposes. It is possible to run postmarketOS in a x86_64 Virtual Machine. QEMU will emulate the default x86_64 architecture (see qemu-system-x86_64 -machine help for more choices).


  • ollieparanoid
  • MartijnBraam


$ pmbootstrap init  # Choose device "qemu-amd64"
$ pmbootstrap install --no-fde
$ pmbootstrap qemu --image-size=2G

See pmbootstrap qemu --help for more options. Notably --spice uses the SPICE protocol, which may give you better 3D acceleration. The --display=gtk switch allows you to see the serial output, but we didn't get 3D acceleration working with it. Default output is SDL (where 3D acceleration is working for most setups).

What works

  • Storage
  • Network
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Graphical interfaces (Weston, Plasma Mobile, ...)
  • osk-sdl (with --spice)

What does not work

  • X11 over vesa: see #672
  • osk-sdl segfaults without --spice


  • QEMU running weston

QEMU amd64 weston.png

  • QEMU running Plasma Mobile

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See also