How to Install and Use Genymotion Android Emulator In Ubuntu

Installing the Genymotion android emulator is not hard, but is not easy too. Before installing this useful software in your machine you need to sign up for an account on the website, but first let me introduce you guys to some features of the Genymotion software.

Note: If you haven't red our article about Genymotion testing you should check it out before going any further.

For thus that don't want to read our previous article and go straight to the installation, Genymotion is a multiplatform android emulator software which is being created to help users and developers run android applications in their machines without the need of a physical device. There is a free version of Genymotion software for personal usage, but if you plan to use it in commercial projects you should go for the paid version. All you need is a free account, sign up for free and download this amazing emulator.

Genymotion features:

  1. More than 10 virtual devices available
  2. Powerful sensors
  3. Commandline tools
  4. Support for the Eclpise plugin
  5. Simultaneously testing
  6. Display:Open GL acceleration,multiscreen, full screen display
  7. Perfectly integration within your development workflow

So lets create a free account on Genymotion website and install the android emulator software in our linux machine. I think that the best way to explain something which is tech related is by providing screenshots to the reader.

1. Go to the Sign up page and fill it with your information like shown in the following screenshot.

sign up process

2. After completing the sign up you will receive an email that will help to activate your account on Genymotion website.

3. Activate your account.

Account activation

4. Download Genymotion software for your platform.

download genymotion for your platform

5. Save Genymotion in your favourite location

save genymotion in your favourite location

6. After the download is finished open a new terminal (CTRL+ALT+T in Ubuntu) and run the following command to make the genymotion's binary file executeable

chmod +x genymotion-2.0.1_x86.bin

make the genymotion binary file executeable

7.Run the binary file with the following command


Execute genymotion binary file

8.Install the Genymotion software in the specified directory

Install it in the specified folder

select yes to install genymotion to the genymotion directory and run the Genymotion tool


10. The Genymotion player will appear after you run the software

11. Create a new virtual device>

Create a new virtual device

Nexus virtual device

12. Virtual device deployment

virtual device deployment

13. Download files and deploy the Genymotion virtual device

download the virtual device and deploy it

downloading android virtual device

downloading android virtual device

downloading the android virtual device

downloading the android virtual device

virtual device created successfully

14. Your virtual devices

virtual devices in genymotion player

Select the android device you want to play and click the Play button. The Genymotion player will ask you for ADB connection but ignore it for the moment.

playing the android virtual device

You "have" an android device now, enjoy it!


android device running

android virtual device running

Read our article about Genymotion testing and I guarantee you will like it.


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  1. guh says:

    i got this when i tried to start:

    "Unable to connect to your virtual device! Genymotion will now stop. Check your VirtualBox network configuration.

    For more information refer to:"

    how to fix it?

  2. says:

    I got this when i star my virtual device :
    "Unable to load VirtualBox engine .
    Make sure it is properly installed before starting Genymotion "
    i'm using fedora 19 .

    I don't know how to fix it :(

  3. hakan says:

    Thanks. İt's simple and perfect!

  4. GETACLUElinuxfails says:

    $ ./genymotion
    ./genymotion: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `CXXABI_1.3.8' not found (required by /home/xxxxx/Downloads/genymotion/
    ./genymotion: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `GLIBCXX_3.4.20' not found (required by /home/xxxxx/Downloads/genymotion/
    ./genymotion: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `CXXABI_1.3.8' not found (required by /home/xxxxx/Downloads/genymotion/
    ./genymotion: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `CXXABI_1.3.8' not found (required by /home/xxxxx/Downloads/genymotion/
    ./genymotion: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/ version `GLIBCXX_3.4.20' not found (required by /home/xxxxx/Downloads/genymotion/

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