I'm using Android Studio and I need to add Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator to it's not compatible with Linux. Is there any software I could use instead and how would I install it onto Android Studio?

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Check if your CPU supports hardware virtualization, by typing:

egrep -c '(vmx|svm)' /proc/cpuinfo

If the result is 0, your CPU does not support hardware virtualization, which is necessary to run the KVM. If you get 1 or more, that means you’re fine.

Next, install KVM. First make sure if your processor supports KVM by typing:


You will see this if that’s the case:

INFO: Your CPU supports KVM extensions INFO: /dev/kvm exists KVM acceleration can be used

If this is the result, you need to turn on Intel VT in BIOS:

INFO: KVM is disabled by your BIOS HINT: Enter your BIOS setup and enable Virtualization Technology (VT), and then hard poweroff/poweron your system KVM acceleration can NOT be used

The next step is to install the KVM and a few other packages needed. To do so, type:

sudo apt-get install qemu-kvm libvirt-bin ubuntu-vm-builder bridge-utils

Add your user to some groups, replacing by your own username:

sudo adduser <user> libvirtd
sudo adduser <user> kvm

Check if everything is ok:

sudo virsh -c qemu:///system list


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    Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference.
    – Wayne_Yux
    Jan 4, 2016 at 13:35
  • After following your steps when I launch android to manage SDK and I checkbox ON the Intel x86 Emulator Accelerator (HAXM installer) it ignores my request and does not install ... ? Dec 18, 2016 at 17:47
  • @ScottStensland I think SDK manager doesn't have the (root)privilage(maybe) to install, Same in windows, When i don't give administrator access, It won't install it...Check this point and let me know.
    – user489056
    Dec 18, 2016 at 17:52
  • One more thing, In windows, When user checkbox on this installer, It will download the packages, But it doesn't install it. I think in your situation, You'll need to find it and then install it manually, As well as we do this on windows...The path in windows is : C:\Program Files (x86)\Android\android-sdk\extras\intel maybe this can help to install it manually...
    – user489056
    Dec 18, 2016 at 17:55
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    After reading doc at software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2012/03/12/… on a 64 bit ubuntu 16.04 I issued suggested set of cmds shown above in your answer then I was able to launch HAXM accelerator using syntax /path/android-sdk-linux/tools/emulator64-x86 -avd <myavdname> -qemu -m 2047 -enable-kvm Dec 18, 2016 at 18:02

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