The Fuchsia emulator (FEMU) allows you to test Fuchsia components and applications without needing a Fuchsia device. FEMU is included in Fuchsia source, and it’s downloaded by
jiri as part of
jiri update or
jiri run-hooks. It’s fetched into the Fuchsia directory
You can call FEMU with
fx emu (Linux) or
fx vdl (macOS). Alternatively, you can call FEMU from the Fuchsia IDK using
In some instances, such as emulating Zircon, you must use QEMU instead.
FEMU looks and behaves like a Fuchsia device, with the exception that no paving is required.
FEMU features include:
--headless argument with fx emu or fx vdl commands).
femu.sh with the Fuchsia IDK.
To configure these features, see the Set up and start FEMU page.
If you’re using the Fuchsia IDK,
femu.sh supports the same flags as
When setting up FEMU using
fx set, FEMU only supports the following boards:
When using the Fuchsia IDK to set up FEMU, you are limited to the following pre-built images:
Note: ARM64 support (
qemu-arm64) is very limited and not recommended.
The Fuchsia Emulator should generally be run with the
-N flag that provides networking through an emulated NIC. Instructions for setting up networking for FEMU is in Setting up the Fuchsia Emulator.
Without networking, you only have an isolated serial console. With networking, your device is visible to other tools such as
If you only want to emulate Zircon, you must use
fx qemu instead. Read Debugging the Kernel using QEMU to learn more. This is for kernel developers. Most Fuchsia developers do not need to use this workflow.
Alternatively, you can use the Fuchsia IDK and use pre-built system images.
Then you can use FEMU to do the following: