Is there an emulator for Raspberry Pi that I could use to try to familiarise myself with the environment?

And in my case something that will work on OSX.

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    This is not a duplicate of Linux question - please consider answering the question as pertaining to OSX - preferably with something nicely packaged. Really do not want to be hacking around with Linux package managers. Jun 18, 2012 at 22:38
  • Although a duplicate, this is still a useful question to have, so I have undeleted it. I hope that's okay. It's also a well asked one, so I have given you an upvote as well.
    – Jivings
    Jul 30, 2012 at 8:17
  • How about a vote to reopen it as well? :) Jul 30, 2012 at 8:26
  • The problem is that the answer would be almost identical to that Linux question. I think we'll have to let the community make that decision.
    – Jivings
    Jul 30, 2012 at 8:28
  • By the way, if you don't agree with any decisions then you can always raise your opinions on Raspberry Pi Meta or in Raspberry Pi Chat.
    – Jivings
    Jul 30, 2012 at 8:30

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See this post re. using VirtualBox to run a virtualized version of Ubuntu. It comes configured with QEMU to emulate the ARM CPU and run Debian on ARM.


It doesn't provide any emulation of the Pi's hardware interfaces though, if that's what you're looking for, it just provides a virtualized copy of the OS.

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