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OpenWRT on VMware HowTo

This article describes how to use OpenWRT as a virtual machine with VMware virtualisation.

Tested with:

  • Barrier Breaker 14.07 in combination with VMWare ESXi 5.5 Update 2 Build 2068190
  • Chaos Calmer 15.05 with VMware Fusion and ESXi 6.0

Things you need:

First of all, you need to download the image from list above on a Linux machine. After that you extract & convert it to a vmdk image:

yum -y install qemu-img
gunzip openwrt-15.05-x86-64-combined-ext4.img.gz
qemu-img convert -f raw -O vmdk openwrt-15.05-x86-64-combined-ext4.img openwrt-15.05-x86-64-combined-ext4.vmdk


gunzip openwrt-x86-generic-combined-ext4.img.gz
qemu-img convert -f raw openwrt-x86-generic-combined-ext4.img  -O vmdk openwrt-x86-generic-combined-ext4.vmdk

after that, just create a new VM in Fusion, Workstation, or ESXi with "Linux\Other Linux 32-bit" with LSI BUS Logic & add the vmdk there. Use 1000e Network adapters.

On fusion I had to use the IDE drive controller type.

BTW… you can download an OVA image of cc 1505 from the following location:

doc/howto/vmware.txt · Last modified: 2015/09/27 23:50 by iben