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x86 Raspberry Pi – How to run x86 programs on the Raspberry Pi?

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x86 Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi can do plenty of things that your PC can do – but it’s not designed to do everything. The Pi has an ARM processor so that it doesn’t have the out-of-the-box support for programs designed for computers with the x86 processors. That’s the bummer because the x86 is the Intel’s processor infrastructure available on the PCs, which is needed to run the Windows programs. By using the ExaGear, a paid program, we can emulate the x86 Raspberry Pi environment and run the Windows applications such as Spotify, Skype, and uTorrent.

x86 Raspberry Pi
x86 Raspberry Pi

Related: How to Install Ubuntu Core on Raspberry Pi?

How to run x86 programs on the Raspberry Pi

Just follow the steps to run the x86 programs on your Raspberry pi.

Step 1: Install Raspbian

Click here to Know How to Install Raspbian OS on the Raspberry Pi?

Step 2: Enable KMS GL driver

Hop into the terminal on Raspbian and enter this line:

sudo raspi-congfig

x86 Raspberry Pi
x86 Raspberry Pi

This should change your terminal window into the blue field with the grey menu in it. Select Update- Update this tool to the latest version. Let that play out, then hit the Advanced Options > GL Driver > GL (Full KMS) OpenGL desktop driver with full KMS. You should get the pop-up letting you to know that “Full KMS GL driver is enabled.” Hit OK, then Finish. Then you’ll be assisted to reboot.

Step 3: Download ExaGear

ExaGear is what makes this all possible – which will emulate the x86 Raspberry Pi environment. The First thing you need is the ExaGear product key because this program isn’t free.

x86 Raspberry Pi
x86 Raspberry Pi

You can save your ExaGear product key to the Downloads directory on the Pi.

Note: The key has to be in the same directory as ExaGear, and the ExaGear is going here So that the Downloads is the easy choice.

cd Downloads
wget http://downloads.eltechs.com/exagear-desktop-v-2-1/exagear-desktop-rpi3.tar.gz

Wait for some time until the download gets finished. After downloading unzip the compressed file.

tar -xvzpf exagear-desktop-rpi3.tar.gz

Step 4: Install ExaGear

Just run the following code in the command line:

sudo ./install-exagear.sh

Now the ExaGear will install the guest x86 image – one of its choice, based on your hardware. You can force it to select Ubuntu, through the following line:

sudo ./install-exagear.sh ubuntu-1404

Instead of the first option, we have provided this step. Ubuntu can run Spotify So that the Spotify super-fans wants to go with this route.

Step 5: Now enter the guest x86 image for installing the ExaGear, but the Pi won’t run the x86 image until you tell it to. You can tell it to do so in the terminal with the following command:

exagear

The x86 repositories are now available for you! And this includes the Wine, the program that tells you to run the Windows programs on the x86 Raspberry Pi Linux machines.

sudo apt-get install wine

Once you have used the Exagear command, you will be in the guest x86 session until you exit with.

And that’s all! With these simple process, the ExaGear will enable you to run the x86programs on the Raspberry Pi including windows applications, which can run with the help of Wine.

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