Qemu is a free x86 Emulator/Virtual Machine for Linux and Windows.
ReactOS preloaded with QEMU
A preloaded QEMU image of ReactOS can be found here.
Installing ReactOS on QEMU
1. Create a drive image, on which ReactOS will be installed, by typing:
qemu-img create ReactOS.img 100M
100M stands for 100 megabytes- that shall be enough. It shall be greater, if you plan to install some application to try under ReactOS.
2. In *nix only, type:
sudo umount /dev/shm sudo mount -t tmpfs -o size=144m none /dev/shm
qemu -L . -m 256 -cdrom ReactOS.iso -hda ReactOS.img -boot d -localtime -serial file:ReactOS.log
-m 256 stand for 256MB RAM -boot d instructs qemu to boot from the cdrom. Without -boot d it will boot from the HDD (Reactos.img).
ReactOS.iso is the image of the installation cd, which can be downloaded from http://www.reactos.org/en/download.html
When reinstalling ReactOS, perform steps 2 (if necessary) and 3 only.
If you want to copy some files to ReactOS, you could create an CD-ROM image and mount it on qemu. You can run qemu this way:
qemu -L . -m 256 -cdrom Applications.iso -hda ReactOS.img -localtime -serial file:ReactOS.log
Grabbing debug messages
By default, ReactOS debug messages are sent to the serial port (COM1). For grabbing that output, you need Qemu version 0.6.1 or later, in which you can specify the -serial option.
Valid arguments to -serial include filenames, pipes, COM Ports and more. Those arguments could be:
-serial file:"C:\roslog.txt" -serial pipe:"\\pipe1\" -serial COM4
Redirect to a file
If you're using the QEMU virtual machine and want to redirect the serial output to a file, add the following to your QEMU command line:
Replace FILENAME with the name of a file, into which the debug output shall be written.
Redirect to the console
The method above redirects the output to a file. If you want to redirect it to the console, there are two different methods. They depend on the operating system you run QEMU under.
- Under Windows, add the following to your QEMU command line:
- Under a Unix-based operating system, add the following to your QEMU command line:
Serial port connection using com0com
Setup the com0com driver like explained in this com0com guide.
Add the following option to your QEMU command line
Write "COM4" with capital letters otherwise QEMU won't use the serial port at all!
Open your terminal program and start a new connection to your second virtual port. If that port is not listed, try COM4.
Another option is to use the ReactOS Test Environment instead of setting this up manually.