How to run Raspbian on VirtualBox?
I have tried Debian on VirtualBox and would like to check out Raspbian. How do I install Raspbian on VirtualBox?
@asalamon74 i'm looking for more specific answer for Raspbian OS. I tried Debian, it works but i have no idea how to do it for Raspbian.
Try to read http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/12/raspberry-pi-pixel-pc-download-details/ and try this one to install it virtualbox : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiM9-lxnmE0
VirtualBox lets you run x86 virtual machines on an x86 processor. Raspbian is a distribution for ARM processors. Raspbian cannot run in VirtualBox.
Raspbian is essentially Debian with binaries compiled to match the Pi's processor more closely than the official Debian binaries. So if you're going to your system in a virtual machine rather than on Pi hardware, there is very little reason to run Raspbian and not Debian.
If you really want to run Raspbian in a virtual machine on your PC (again, for most purposes, you might as well run Debian x86), you need one that emulates the hardware, such as QEmu. See Emulation on a Windows PC
There is a very good reason to run Raspbian and not Debian, and that is to make sure that your code can compile with a ARM toolset.
Another reason (the reason I came here) might be to configure your raspbian before copying on PI. I can't connect the PI to the network or screen with keyboard...
If that so, why there is a virtualbox version for DietPi... DietPi is used for RaspberryPi/ OrangePi/ etc. ?
@SidhiCiang DietPi is an operating system which has both an ARM release (that you can use on a Raspberry Pi) and an x86 release (that you can use on a PC or in VirtualBox). Raspbian only has an ARM release (it's pretty much just a rebranded Debian, so if you want to run it on a PC, just run Debian).
@SidhiCiang Once again, this is about installing an x86 release of a distribution in VirtualBox. My answer is specifically about Raspbian, not about all the other Linux distributions out there.
Another usage scenario: I have several sdcard images from older pi installations. It would be nice if I could just create a Virtualbox VM and boot it off the images to see what's on them. My need for this just hasn't been urgent enough to motivate me to figure out QEmu yet :)
Raspberry Pi Desktop is also available. You can download that and run it in a virtual machine. Just go to the following link and scroll down to Raspberry Pi Desktop (for PC and Mac)
Just to clarify, the Raspberry Pi Desktop is compiled for x86 processors but is otherwise the same Raspberry Pi OS that you are used to. You can run it on a physical or a virtual machine.