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Q emulator is a feature-packed Cocoa port of QEMU: Run Linux, Windows, and other systems on your Mac.

Switch fast between guest PCs. Save and restart guest PCs at any stage. Easily exchange Files between Host and Guest. Q emulator makes use of OS X most advanced technologies like openGL and CoreAudio to accelerate your experience with your guest PC. Please remember, at the present state, QEMU is still considered Alpha software.

What's New

Version 0.9.0a89:
  • flashdrive: import/export Guests as executable pakages... send a guest-pc to a friend - he needs no programm installed to run it (cordney*)
  • Quartz support with faster selective drawing code: faster video output, as no unneeded screenregions are updated (mike)
  • toolbar in fullscreen: have handy functions ready with "cmd-b" (cordney*)
  • network and firewall more...


OS X 10.3 or later

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Tahitibub Member IconReview+1

There is a new website for this software :

Latest revision is Q-0.9.1d118

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Mr.-D. Member IconReview+0

I cannot get a successful install of XP running on my G5 with this software. If I could find a place to get VPC 2007 I would.
Program has crapped out on me at ALL stages of the XP install process - its not XP that hangs either. I have to force quit the app then restart the machine, because the window the VM is running in never goes away after a force quit.
I have a G5 and for various reasons it would benefit me to have a copy of XP running (or vista or win7) on this box, but I cant get it to run with any kind of stability at all. I don't care how slow it is, just need it to work. Very disappointed.
I have a Wintel box so please don't flame me about that. I like the PPC machines... call me a dinosaur if you will. Took me YEARS to upgrade past the 68k series macs.

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Dalahast Member IconComment+139

Is this ever going to be updated?

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Go to the developer's site via the link above. They have version 0.9.1 something there. For some reason they aren't updating on MacUpdate.


0.9.0 is the latest release version, while 0.9.1 is a nightly, so they haven't updated the listing for a reason.

IDK Member IconReview+26

Works very well especially running linux. Very safe to use as well.

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AntonioHuanchaco Member IconReview+5

five stars

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AntonioHuanchaco Member IconComment+5

Works Fine with my macbook intel...good job!

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Version Q-0.9.1d118

roylsaintp Member IconComment+2

this Q is not working for me at all, am running a G5. can anyone suggest another platform to run win software on a mac seamlessly download without fees.

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ThreeDee912 Member IconReview+113

Very slow on my G4, but that's to be expected. Successfully installed Win2000 and Ubuntu.

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Version 0.8.1a35

I have a G4 PPC and I downloaded this. Now my question is how do I get Windows installed? Can I just download it from a site or do I need CD?

Tomis Member IconReview+117

Surprisingly, VirtualPC 5 on a 1GHz G4 iBook noticably outperforms Q on a 2Ghz iMac G5 , both running a fresh instal of Windows 98

I didn't do any benchmarking. I'm going purely based on how fast it feels.

Performance problems aside, it does exactly what it says. It does it easier than the other free PC emulation software, and hey it's free!

I'd like to see performance optimizations for the Intel emulation on PowerPCs but the Qemu team is probably focusing on getting intel virtualization working now.

A great overall product, it shows a lot of promise!

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domino88 Member IconComment+1

I have installed WinXP SP2 and I can't seems to get the wireless working on Windows. Any suggestion? Have I done anything wrong?

I have set my router to DHCP, it works on my PowerBook.

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Downloads 375,371
Version Downloads 355,643
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 23 Aug 2007
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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