Running Raspberry Pi Pixel as a virtual machine

Posted on July 7, 2017 |

Pixel is a version of  the operating system that runs on the Raspberry Pi that has been configured to run on Windows and Mac, in this blog post I’m going to explain how you can run it on your computer as a virtual machine. This means you will keep your current operating system, but be able to run pixel as though it was any other computer program.

To get started you will need to install VirtualBox, if you haven’t already done so you can find out how in this post.

You’re going to need a copy of the operating system, luckily its open source and wont cost you a penny. You can download it from here.

Once downloaded open VirtualBox and Click New

Configure your new Virtual machine with the following details;

Name : Pixel

Type : Linux

Version : Debian

Select how much memory you want your computer to have, 1024 is ideal to emulate a Raspberry Pi

Choose Create a virtual hard disk now, then click Create.

Set the virtual hard disk type to VDI(VirtualBox disk image) and click Next.

Chose dynamically allocated then click Next

Specify where on your hard drive the virtual hard disk should be, and click Next.

Now your virtual machine is ready to run, to do so, click Start.

You’ll need to tell VirtualBox where the Pixel file you downloaded is, this is most likely in your downloads folder.

Virtual box will now boot up into Pixel just like it would on a Raspberry Pi.



Andy Powell is a website specialist with 20 years experience, he is also the founder of Hack Oldham, a non profit co-working and maker space, a digital trainer and a maker of things.

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