OpenGL ES emulation on Debian guest VM running on Windows 7 host

Here are the instructions to emulating OpenGL ES programs on a Debian (wheezy) VM (using VMware Player) running on a Windows 7 host.

  1. Set up a Debian wheezy VM on VMWare Player. That’s pretty basic stuff so I’m not going through that.
  2. Enable “Accelerate 3D graphics” option in the settings of the VM. This setting is done using VMware Player and it needs to be done with the Debian wheezy VM turned off.
  3. Download the OpenGL ES 2.0 Emulator from (obviously download the one for linux!)
  4. Copy that file into the VM and extract it.
  5. You will find the “bin” folder with the three “so” files inside. Copy these files into /usr/lib.
  6. Run ldconfig (not sure if this is required but do it anyway)

Now you have the required libraries for OpenGL ES emulation. If you want to test it, follow these instructions:

Example 1

(go into the OpenGL ES emulator folder, the one you downloaded in Step 3 above)

cd ARM
cd Mali_Developer_Tools
cd OpenGL_ES_Emulator_1.3.1
cd examples
cd OpenGLES_20
cd cubes

You should be a nice spinning cube! 🙂

Example 2

mkdir glus
cd glus
wget --no-check-certificate
tar -xvzf master
cd benosteen-opengles-book-samples-186d0ab
cd LinuxX11
cd Chapter_2
cd Hello_Triangle

You should see a nice red triangle! 🙂


5 thoughts on “OpenGL ES emulation on Debian guest VM running on Windows 7 host

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