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Is there any way of doing this in 13.04? If so, can you also provide a step-by-step instruction on how to do it ?

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What is the purpose? Is this for development? – thefourtheye May 5 '13 at 5:58
no, I just want to play android app (free) like in windows (Bluestacks) – user128712 May 5 '13 at 6:04
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  1. Install VirtualBox Install virtualbox from the Ubuntu Software Center.

  2. Download and install Genymotion

  3. Create a new Virtual Machine with the steps mentioned here.

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Looks like the download link is not working anymore. – Ashwini Chaudhary Oct 29 '14 at 18:28
I think this one should help: – Ashwini Chaudhary Oct 29 '14 at 18:31
Also guide link is broken – afsharm Feb 9 '15 at 7:02
@afsharm guide link fixed! (peer review pending...) – Adam Mosheh May 20 '15 at 3:03
"this file" link broken :-( could find it here – Philippe Gachoud Jul 6 '15 at 12:33

It is bit long process but I found a blog which having step by step instruction to install android emulator on ubuntu.s Check this blog Run Android Emulator on Ubuntu 13.04:

Install Whatsapp in Ubuntu/Linux

12/29/2013, atularvind, Comment closed

Most of Android phone have “Whatsapp” application installed and running. this post is for PC freak who need to install the whatsapp mobile app on the ubuntu/linux. Whats app Ubuntu

Here is the few easy steps for How to Install Whatsapp in the ubuntu/linux. You don't need to be a programmer for installing whatsapp in ubuntu. what we are going to do is installing the android emulator and in it we will install whats app.

  1. You need to install android emulator, for that you need to download Here is the guide that describe how to install android emulator in the ubuntu/linux
  2. After installing & running the android emulator you need to open a browser in it.

Whats app android+ ubuntu

  1. In the browser open Google and search for “what app for android“. or go to the link for downloading whatsapp apk file. click on Download now.

  2. After Downloading the file install the whatsapp Apk file under your emulator.
    Whats app ubuntu

  3. Whatsapp will ask for mobile varification. choose your country and enter your mobile number, in order to verify the mobile SIM card.
    Whatsapp ubuntu

  4. After the SIM varification whatsapp will ask for the personal information like photo, name. and click next in order to complete the whatsapp installation.
    install whats app linix

After following This steps you can use the whats app under the any version of Ubuntu.

Copy of from the above article:

Monday, May 13, 2013

How to install/run Android emulator on Ubuntu or Debian

Here is guide on how to run Android emulator on Ubuntu or Debian.
Android emulator comes with Android SDK, and therefore you need to install Android SDK. Follow the steps below to install Android SDK on Linux.

Android SDK requires Java JDK. Therefore install Java JDK first.

To install Java JDK on Ubuntu or Debian:

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jdk  

To install Java JDK on CentOS, Fedora or RHEL, first set up Repoforge repository on your system, and then run the following.

sudo yum install java-1.7.0-openjdk-devel  

Now download Android SDK ADT bundle from Android official site. Unzip the downloaded ADT bundle, and copy the sdk directory to your preferred location. Here I assume that the installation directory of Android SDK is ~/android-sdks.

For 64-bit Linux user: you must install another prerequisite called ia32-libs since Android emulator is 32-bit software. The ia32-libs package contains a set of runtime libraries for the ia32/i386 architecture, configured for use on a 64-bit kernel. On 64-bit Linux, the mksdcard utility which creates SD cards will fail without this package.

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs  

While using ia32-libs, if you encounter any error with 32-bit, do the following:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/mesa/ /usr/lib/  

In order to run Android emulator, you first need to create a new AVD (Android Virtual Device) which is an emulator configuration for the Android device to be emulated. To create a new AVD, first launch Android SDK Manager by running the following.


Go to “Tools” > “Manage AVDs” on Android SDK Manager’s menu. It will open up AVD Manager.

Click on “Add” button to create a new AVD. An example configuration of a new AVD is shown below.

If an AVD has been successfully created, you will see the following confirmation.

You can check the list of available AVDs as follows.

~/android-sdk/android list avds   

 Available Android Virtual Devices:  
   Name: my_avd  
   Path: /home/xmodulo/.android/avd/my_avd.avd  
  Target: Android 4.2 (API level 17)  
    ABI: armeabi-v7a  
   Skin: 800x1280  
  Sdcard: 1G  

To launch Android emulator with the AVD that you have created, highlight the AVD on AVD Manager, and click on “Start” button on the right sidebar.

Alternatively, you can start Android emulator directly from command line as follows. In this case, specify “@[your_avd_name]” as an argument to the emulator.

 emulator @my_avd   

Booting up Android emulator may be slow (even taking minutes) depending on your hardware. Once Android emulator is successfully launched, you will see an running instance of Android device.

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Have a Happy Droiding!

Edit: Genymotion is again a good option, this is the guide to Install GenyMotion in ubuntu 13.04

Another Edit (by someone else :) : Since the above genymotion link is dead and it is very good, here is a guide for 14.04:

Install Genymotion

  • First install virtualbox

    sudo apt-get install virtualbox
  • Click below to register on Genymotion site, and download either 32bit or 64bit version depending on your hardware architecture (to find what you are using, you can read this)

Genymotion Registration Page

  • Change directory to where you downloaded the bin file and run following commands. Accept the default install path

    chmod +x genymotion-2.2.2_x64.bin
  • Change directory to where genymotion was installed. The default is /home/[username]/genymotion/

    cd /home/[username]/genymotion/
  • Click Yes to add your first virtual device enter image description here

  • Click Connect to login and install a device enter image description here

  • Select desired device and click Next enter image description here

  • Enter a name for your device and click Next enter image description here

  • Wait until your virtual device is downloaded and deployed enter image description here

  • Click Finish enter image description here

  • Click Play to start the emulator enter image description here

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You can also apparently install Google services... see here. – Wilf Feb 15 '14 at 23:17
The first link in this answer (run android emulator...) and third link (install genymotion...) lead to dead links (apparently removed by blogspot). – Sri Aug 24 '14 at 8:57
The first link can be found in wayback machine here, haven't found a copy of the second yet... – Wilf Jun 6 '15 at 10:27
I have made a load of edits so this should be useful, even when the rest of the links die :) – Wilf Jun 6 '15 at 11:04

Install an app called Genymotion and the rest will just flow...the best android emulator available on Ubutu

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The guide is for VirtualBox, so not OS specific and should work for all versions of Ubuntu. It will take you about 10 minutes to install.

Download the boot-disk from

  • Android 4.2: Android-x86-4.2-devel
  • Android 4.3: Android-x86-4.3-devel
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This link is the best step-by-step explanation for me: How to Install Android in VirtualBox

You may install VirtualBox using your package manager.

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Download the SDK from here

and install ia32-libs (if you are using 64 bit system)

sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
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