Genymotion: Android Apps Emulator on GNU / Linux

Genymotion: Android Emulator for GNU / Linux

Genymotion: Android Emulator for GNU / Linux

Genymotion is a specific multiplatform emulator to support Android, which runs smoothly and quickly different types of mobile devices (Phones and Tablets), to which Android ROMs, Applications and Games can be installed.

For those who use other Emulators for Android on Windows or Mac OS such as BlueStack, Andyroid, Koplayer, Leapdroid, NoxPlayer, Remix OS; Genymotion is the best option as an Android Emulator to run on these and also on GNU / Linux, all kinds of Android Software that we need. And it is a good option to the limited Shashlik Emulator that comes for GNU / Linux.

Genymotion: Home Screen


This emulator uses VirtualBox to run the Execution Environments of the various installed mobile devices that in turn support the different old and current versions, stable or testing, of the Android Operating System, especially allowing developers to test any past, present or future Apps for Android in said emulated environments before testing them on the devices real mobiles.

Genymotion has managed through a simple interface to support different types of hardware for different versions of Android facilitating the use of it for any type of user. In a few easy steps, it allows us to create, for example, a Virtual Machine that emulates a mobile device from various brands such as Google, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Sony, among others.

These Simulated Environments can currently support Android 2.X, 3.X, 4.X, 5.X and 6.X, 7.X and 8.X configurations by adding different screen resolutions. And the best of all is that over time the number of devices and versions of Android available increases as the development of the Application progresses.

Genimotion: Version 2.12 (May - 2018)

Installation of Genymotion on GNU / Linux

About version 2.6 that we already talked about in a last article more than 2 years ago until the current version 2.12 on which is the present article, the installation procedure is almost the same today, Therefore, we will try to clarify some points that will help us to notice the changes during it and see the new options and facilities added.

Account Registration and Login

The first thing that has changed is the design of the official website and location of the various main buttons, such as the button to register a new account or button to login with an existing account.

Genymotion Official Website

Genymotion Official Website


Genymotion New Account Registration Section

Genymotion New Account Registration Section


Genymotion Login Section

Genymotion Login Section

Application Download

In the location of the page where the executable download section for personal use purposes, which is the executable that we must use for our example and particular use, it must be downloaded, as shown below:

Genymotion Download Section

Genymotion Download Section

Application Installation

Once registered on the official website and downloaded the version for personal use, we must proceed to install it as follows, via terminal with the following command command and as shown in the image below:

sudo bash Descargas/genymotion-2.12.1-linux_x64.bin

Installation via Genymotion terminal

Access to the Application

In this step we have to run the Application that probably has an access icon in the Applications menu in the Development category, and then access through the Personal Use option, accept the license and use the application, such as shown below:












Android Virtual Device Settings

This last step is very simple and only requires following the following steps that you will see below in the images below:

  • Create a New Virtual Device

  • Explore the Types of Virtual Devices available

  • Select one (1) of the available Virtual Device Types


  • Name the Virtual Device created

  • Wait for the ROM download of the selected Virtual Device Type





  • Run the Virtual Device created



Configuration of the Android Operating System of the Virtual Device

At this stage we only have to start a new or recently formatted real device, configure the localization, the language, the gmail account and install the necessary applications from the Google Store, as shown below in the images below:
























Enjoy the Potential of the Device created

From here on there is only use and enjoy our Android applications on Genymotion, to work, play or mine cryptocurrencies or any other activity executed on our physical (real) personal mobile device.

Recall that to optimally run a Virtual Machine with VirtualBox or a Virtual Device with Genymotion it is always preferable to have a good modern computer equipment of medium and / or high performance, such as enough RAM, CPU Cores and Hard Disk Space, to allocate to it

I hope you like the article and anything else about said application can see the following video and others on the official channel of the same:

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  1.   Bill said

    Almost everything fantastic, even sharing clipboard and a folder with the host computer (using the virtualbox itself to configure it). But…
    The sound comes out choppy, impossible to hear a video or audio that is sent to me by WhatsApp, both from WhatsApp and by opening it from the corresponding directory within Android.

    1.    Ing. Jose Albert said

      I did not test the sound when I was experimenting with the application, but I did not find any literature on the matter about problems or deficiencies in sound reproduction. I'll run tests later to see if anything happens to me about it. Thanks for your comment.