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QEMU can be installed in many ways. The most common method is installing an already compiled binary, since it is a much simpler method of installation when compared to compiling it from the source code.


Pretty much every major Linux distributions has QEMU in their repositories. Below are a list of install commands for various popular distros:

Distribution Command
Arch Linux pacman -S qemu
CentOS/Fedora dnf install -y qemu
Debian/Ubuntu apt install -y qemu (Ubuntu 14.04+)
apt-get install -y qemu (Ubuntu 12.04-)
Gentoo emerge -av app-emulation/qemu
openSUSE zypper install qemu
Slackware slpkg -s sbo qemu


The best place to grab Windows binaries is on Weilnetz's page, which are officially linked to on QEMU's official website. The site contains builds of the latest QEMU for 64-bit versions of Windows (some older builds of QEMU for 32-bit Windows are also available). It is confirmed to be working and up to date.

Alternatively, there is also Lassauge's page, but it requires Cygwin to be installed and is severely out of date.


Distribution Command
Homebrew brew install qemu
MacPorts port install qemu

The easiest way to get QEMU on macOS is by installing it with Homebrew. It can also be installed through MacPorts.

For older systems, you can download 2.10.1 binaries from this page, which works on 64-bit Macs running Mac OS 10.6 or higher. For older PowerPC macs, a port of 1.6.2 can be downloaded from here. It requires Mac OS 10.4 or higher, and at least a PowerPC G5 CPU.


Distribution Command
FreeBSD pkg install qemu
OpenBSD pkg_add -i qemu

QEMU can also be installed and compiled on most BSD-based operating systems.

Compiling from source