Is there any emulator for linux which fully supports apple iphone/iphone/ipad apps? Any other way to run such apps on linux?


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Currently the only emulator for testing iOS applications is build for MacOS.

There is a work in process to bring an emulation software to linux which you might want to take a look at...but judging by the development status it'll be a while till it's usable.

EDIT: This is outdated information. The project was discontinued some time in 2013.

Your options at this time would be to try and install a hackintosh instance in virtualbox or use something like Appetize.io, if you have a bundled app that you want to try out.

For real productive development work I'm afraid you won't get around buying Apple hardware.

  • Is it legal to emulate ios apps? Installing osx(except server) in virtual box is illegal even in apple pc
    – Tachyons
    Apr 10, 2012 at 14:18
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    If you would run a legal copy of MacOS from a virtualbox running on a MacBook for example it would be legal, even if the MacBooks OS would be Windows or linux. Because their user agreement says it is only legal to run MacOS on Apple hardware, which technically you do. Needless to say it's pretty pointless to emulate something you have natively. As for the iOS emulation, if you use Apples native emulator for Mac it is legal for development purposes.
    – Daniel W.
    Apr 10, 2012 at 14:29
  • Yeah I know but I heard that it is limitted to osx server edition
    – Tachyons
    Apr 10, 2012 at 14:38
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    I think the iemu project is abandoned, see: phandroid.com/2011/09/16/… -- your link also doesn't work anymore... Is there any alternative?
    – student
    Apr 25, 2014 at 8:14
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    @Tachyons Legal is one thing, ethical is another. Perfectly ethical. Dec 21, 2014 at 18:50

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