xPack QEMU RISC-V v7.0.0-1 released
The xPack QEMU RISC-V is a standalone cross-platform binary distribution of QEMU.
There are separate binaries for Windows (Intel 64-bit), macOS (Intel 64-bit, Apple Silicon 64-bit) and GNU/Linux (Intel 64-bit, Arm 32/64-bit).
The binary files are available from GitHub Releases.
- GNU/Linux Intel 64-bit: any system with GLIBC 2.27 or higher (like Ubuntu 18 or later, Debian 10 or later, RedHat 8 later, Fedora 29 or later, etc)
- GNU/Linux Arm 32/64-bit: any system with GLIBC 2.27 or higher (like Raspberry Pi OS, Ubuntu 18 or later, Debian 10 or later, RedHat 8 later, Fedora 29 or later, etc)
- Intel Windows 64-bit: Windows 7 with the Universal C Runtime (UCRT), Windows 8, Windows 10
- macOS Intel 64-bit: 10.13 or later
- macOS Apple Silicon 64-bit: 11.6 or later
On GNU/Linux, QEMU requires the X11 libraries to be present. On Debian derived distribution they are already in the system; on RedHat & Arch derived distributions they must be installed explicitly.
The full details of installing the xPack QEMU RISC-V on various platforms are presented in the separate Install page.
The easiest way to install QEMU RISC-V is with
by using the binary xPack, available as
xpm tool available, installing
the latest version of the package and adding it as
a dependency for a project is quite easy:
cd my-project xpm init # Only at first use. xpm install @xpack-dev-tools/qemu-riscv@latest ls -l xpacks/.bin
To install this specific version, use:
xpm install @firstname.lastname@example.org
For xPacks aware tools, like the Eclipse Embedded C/C++ plug-ins, it is also possible to install QEMU RISC-V globally, in the user home folder.
xpm install --global @xpack-dev-tools/qemu-riscv@latest --verbose
Eclipse will automatically
identify binaries installed with
xpm and provide a convenient method to manage paths.
To remove the links from the current project:
cd my-project xpm uninstall @xpack-dev-tools/qemu-riscv
To completely remove the package from the global store:
xpm uninstall --global @xpack-dev-tools/qemu-riscv
The xPack QEMU RISC-V currently is based on the official QEMU, with no major changes.
The current version is based on:
- QEMU version 7.0.0, commit 823a3f1 from Apr 19th, 2022.
Compared to the master
qemu-system-riscv*, there are no major changes.
The supported boards and CPUs are:
$ .../xpack-qemu-riscv-7.0.0-1/bin/qemu-system-riscv32 -machine help Supported machines are: none empty machine opentitan RISC-V Board compatible with OpenTitan sifive_e RISC-V Board compatible with SiFive E SDK sifive_u RISC-V Board compatible with SiFive U SDK spike RISC-V Spike board (default) virt RISC-V VirtIO board $ .../xpack-qemu-riscv-7.0.0-1/bin/qemu-system-riscv32 -cpu help any lowrisc-ibex rv32 sifive-e31 sifive-e34 sifive-u34 $ .../xpack-qemu-riscv-7.0.0-1/bin/qemu-system-riscv64 -machine help Supported machines are: microchip-icicle-kit Microchip PolarFire SoC Icicle Kit none empty machine shakti_c RISC-V Board compatible with Shakti SDK sifive_e RISC-V Board compatible with SiFive E SDK sifive_u RISC-V Board compatible with SiFive U SDK spike RISC-V Spike board (default) virt RISC-V VirtIO board $ .../xpack-qemu-riscv-7.0.0-1/bin/qemu-system-riscv64 -cpu help any rv64 shakti-c sifive-e51 sifive-u54
On all platforms the packages are standalone, and expect only the standard runtime to be present on the host.
All dependencies that are build as shared libraries are copied locally
libexec folder (or in the same folder as the executable for Windows).
On GNU/Linux the binaries are adjusted to use a relative path:
$ readelf -d library.so | grep runpath 0x000000000000001d (RPATH) Library rpath: [$ORIGIN]
In the GNU ld.so search strategy, the
the highest priority, higher than
LD_LIBRARY_PATH, so if this later one
is set in the environment, it should not interfere with the xPack binaries.
Please note that previous versions, up to mid-2020, used
has a priority lower than
LD_LIBRARY_PATH, and does not tolerate setting
it in the environment.
Similarly, on macOS, the binaries are adjusted with
install_name_tool to use a
The original documentation is available on-line:
The binaries for all supported platforms (Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux) were built using the xPack Build Box (XBB), a set of build environments based on slightly older distributions, that should be compatible with most recent systems.
The scripts used to build this distribution are in:
For the prerequisites and more details on the build procedure, please see the README-MAINTAINER page.
Before publishing, a set of simple tests were performed on an exhaustive set of platforms. The results are available from:
The SHA-256 hashes for the files are:
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Support for 32-bit Intel Linux and Intel Windows was dropped in 2022. Support for 32-bit Arm Linux (armv7l) will be preserved for a while, due to the large user base of 32-bit Raspberry Pi systems.
Linux minimum requirements
Support for RedHat 7 was dropped in 2022, and the minimum requirement was raised to GLIBC 2.27, available starting with Ubuntu 18 and RedHat 8.
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