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The answer is a bit late, but it may be useful to someone else, because this page is the first in google for "armbian qemu".

Running image for orange-pi one - Armbian_5.90_Orangepione_Ubuntu_bionic_next_4.19.57.7z:

Extrart Armbian image:
7z e Armbian_5.90_Orangepione_Ubuntu_bionic_next_4.19.57.7z Armbian_5.90_Orangepione_Ubuntu_bionic_next_4.19.57.img

Extract kernel, initrd and dtb:
7z e boot/vmlinuz-4.19.57-sunxi boot/initrd.img-4.19.57-sunxi boot/dtb-4.19.57-sunxi/sun4i-a10-cubieboard.dtb

Run qemu:
qemu-system-arm \
  -M cubieboard -m 1024 -cpu cortex-a8 -dtb sun4i-a10-cubieboard.dtb \
  -kernel vmlinuz-4.19.57-sunxi -initrd initrd.img-4.19.57-sunxi \
  -append 'earlyprintk loglevel=8 earlycon=uart8250,mmio32,0x1c28000,115200n8 console=ttyS0 root=/dev/sda1' \
  -nographic -serial stdio -monitor none \
  -drive file=Armbian_5.90_Orangepione_Ubuntu_bionic_next_4.19.57.img,format=raw,if=none,id=d1 \
  -device ide-hd,drive=d1 \
  -nic user,model=allwinner-emac,hostfwd=tcp::50022-:22


It was tested in qemu 3.1

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There’s another way to do this, in Linux at least.

Install qemu-user-static and (if not automatically installed) binfmt. Then copy the Armbian rootfs of the Orange Pi model you want to use to a directory on your PC, e.g. opi-rootfs.

You can now chroot into this directory and it will behave (almost) the same as if you’re on a real Orange Pi <Model>

The proper command is ‘sudo chroot opi-rootfs /bin/bash’

You can also mount /dev, /sys, /proc to the same directories in opi-rootfs but for compiling stuff this is not really necessary I think.

Instead of chroot you can also do ‘systemd-nspawn -D opi-rootfs’

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