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4 Best Android Emulators for Linux (Free Downloads)

Here’s the deal:

There are a lot of reasons to use Linux as the main operating system on your computer. We’re not going to discuss them. However, we are going to list the best Android emulators for Linux that will enable you to enjoy Android games and apps on your preferred platform.

The thing is…

A lot of professionals I know prefer to use Linux Mint on their personal computers simply because it is more versatile than Windows. The same can be said for Android, as it provides a lot of freedom compared to other competitors. As a matter of fact, Android is based on Lenox itself; however, it is not a straight-up offshoot.

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Surprisingly, there are not a lot of Android emulators for Linux easily available these days. There are a few that came out but some of them are pure vaporware at this point. So, it was a little bit harder to nail down free downloads in Linux Android emulators. Thankfully, all 4 of them worked, so all that research didn’t go in vain. Of course, you’ll need some know-how of how the system works, it’s not necessary but would come in handy if things don’t work out as they should.

But, the most important question is how do you install a VirtualBox on Linux?

Installing VirtualBox on Linux

Before we start counting down the list, you’ll need to install a virtual box on Linux. Almost all the Android Linux emulators require a virtual box to run properly. Thankfully, it is super easy to install and all you need to do is:

  • Install the dependencies by executing this command “sudo apt-get install dkms” in the terminal.
  • After that execute this command “sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.3
  • That’s it, the virtual box will be installed.

It’s easy, isn’t it?

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1. Official SDK

The official Android SDK (software development kit) is the best way to emulate Android on Linux Ubuntu. While there are many other emulators out there: some of them are very limited feature sets, some of them are paid, and some of them don’t even run.

The official Android SDK is made by Google for Android development and it supports all the functions including file transfer and SD Card support. One great thing about this android emulator is that it supports physical keypad which none of the other emulators do.

As it is developed by Google themselves, you can be sure that it won’t have a lot of problems. Even if there are some problems, the Google engineers will surely iron them out in no time at all. If you need a fast and official Android emulator on Linux, the official Android software development kit is the best way to go.

2. Genymotion

Genymotion is one of the best Android emulators for Linux and comes with a lot of different features that are unique to it. It is designed well and works smoothly with the operating system. You’ll need to set up a virtual box in order to use it, we have listed the method to install it above.

You can easily download preconfigured Android images of different Android versions. It also gives you the flexibility of configuring the precise amount of resources you will be allotting. For example, if you want to set up the RAM at 3 GB, you can do so easily. You’ll also be able to allot hard disk storage space appropriately.

The app also supports networking through Wi-Fi and Ethernet. This means you’ll be able to use Internet directly in the immolated Android apps and games. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that the app has full support for a gyroscope, accelerometer, and light sensors as well. Overall, it’s a complete package that won’t disappoint you at all. The only downside is that you’ll need to be connected to a cloud service to deploy Genymotion, so Internet connectivity is a must.

3. Andro VM

Andro VM is what made Genymotion possible, it works almost the same and provides great functionality. The major difference between Andro VM and Genymotion is that it can be deployed off-line. This makes it highly convenient for those who have limited Internet access.

Of course, you also need to install virtual box on your machine in order to use Andro VM. The program supports net sharing from guest to host. Internet sharing is also available. One great thing about this Android emulator for Linux is that it supports hardware OpenGL rendering. In layman terms, this will enable you to play graphic intensive games without any worries.

Overall, it’s a great Linux Android emulator that runs apps and games smoothly on your Linux PC. Connecting to the Internet is no problem at all and you’ll have full access to Internet while using emulated apps. It can be found on Genymotion website as well to download.

4. Jar of Beans

Jar of Beans was designed to be an Android Emulator for Windows; however, you can also run it on Linux as well. But for that, you’ll need to install Wine, another emulator that runs Windows on Linux.

So basically, you will be running Android apps on an Android emulator being run on a Windows emulator on Linux.

If you’re okay with going to this extent, Jar of Beans has all the basic support you’ll need. You can easily install APK files on it, it supports SD card, and even allows the installation of the Google play store. Overall it’s a nifty little program that will allow you to run Android apps and games on your Linux device.

Of course, it is not as viable to use emulation within an emulator, because it will be taxing and there will be exponentially more chances of failure. But if you’re reading this article, you already know what you are doing, so I’ll leave it up to you. To run Jar of Beans download and extract the contents and then run it by using Wine.

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Ending Notes

The best Android emulator for Linux is not perfect by any means, but then again, any emulation won’t be perfect. However, if you’ve already installed Linux on your PC then you are certainly a capable person. Half the charm of running a Linux system is the fun of figuring things out and solving them. I’m no expert at that, so I’ll leave the tinkering to you.

If you have any questions or suggestions about the best Android emulators for Linux, feel free to drop a comment below.

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17 Comments

    1. andro vm is a project leaved by genymotion ,after searching a bit, i think is the first one before genymotion decide to create cloud with vm prepared to be deployed

  1. WINE is not an emulator! WINE is an API that allows Linux to interface with Windows programs as if through Windows. Think of it as teaching Linux another language, only the language is Windows.

      1. WINE is an API translation layer. It simply translates Windows API calls to corresponding Linux system calls. No hardware is being emulated.

        If in your opinion WINE is “awful”, I’m sure your expertise would be greatly appreciated to improve the project — WINE is open source. I’m sure your contributions would be greatly appreciated.

  2. I am new to android emulator and i have a question, is there any emulator for android to be intalled on an android device? Like nvidia shield tv? Cause i like some games from google play that are not compatible with nvidia shield tv, so i would like to add an emulator and include those games in there too, also on windows 10 what the best controller compatible with nox cause i dont like playing with mouse and keyboard? Thanks so much

  3. all of these are bulshit, except for the first one, that turns out is hard to install for basic users…
    2nd one is not free, 3rth one doesnt just redirect you to the same link from the second one
    and the last one, redirect you to a forum where there is no donwload link, only a magnet link on the coment section where i dont trust it, since i have no idea who that person is…

  4. None of these are good Android emulators. Half of them don’t even exist or are no longer supported.

    1. Hi Songko! Check if the emulator is compatible with your device. Also, ensure that your device is updated to the latest version.

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