Setting up ILLIXR in QEMU

Install QEMU

See the Install dependencies section for details on installing QEMU.

Setup Ubuntu in the VM

Run ILLIXR/qemu/ to download Ubuntu 22.04, create a virtual hard drive (illixr.qcow2), and launch qemu.

Your VM image will be created at ILLIXR/qemu/illixr.qcow2. Ubuntu will be downloaded and saved at ILLIXR/qemu/ubuntu-22.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso.

You will be prompted to install Ubuntu; follow the instructions and install Ubuntu to the virtual hard drive.


Choose the "erase all" option and confirm:

ubuntu-erase-all ubuntu-continue

Pick any account name and password you like.


Once Ubuntu is installed you will be asked to reboot. Close qemu and then run ILLIXR/qemu/ again to boot into your brand-new Ubuntu install!

Booting the VM

To launch the VM from now on, just use ILLIXR/qemu/ This will boot from the Ubuntu image we created earlier (illixr.qcow2). Once Ubuntu is installed, it is safe to delete ubuntu-22.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso.

Setting up the VM

Once inside the VM, set up and run ILLIXR as found on the Getting Started page.


To delete your local VM, just delete ILLIXR/qemu/illixr.qcow2.

ILLIXR/qemu/ubuntu-22.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso can be deleted anytime you want after Ubuntu is installed to your VM.

If you've deleted illixr.qcow2, you can run ILLIXR/qemu/ to recreate it and reinstall everything.