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Unicorn CPU emulator framework (ARM, AArch64, M68K, Mips, Sparc, X86)

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Unicorn is a lightweight, multi-platform, multi-architecture CPU emulator framework based on QEMU.

Unicorn offers some unparalleled features:

  • Multi-architecture: ARM, ARM64 (ARMv8), M68K, MIPS, SPARC, and X86 (16, 32, 64-bit)
  • Clean/simple/lightweight/intuitive architecture-neutral API
  • Implemented in pure C language, with bindings for Crystal, Clojure, Visual Basic, Perl, Rust, Ruby, Python, Java, .NET, Go, Delphi/Free Pascal, Haskell, Pharo, and Lua.
  • Native support for Windows & *nix (with Mac OSX, Linux, *BSD & Solaris confirmed)
  • High performance via Just-In-Time compilation
  • Support for fine-grained instrumentation at various levels
  • Thread-safety by design
  • Distributed under free software license GPLv2

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This project is released under the GPL license.

Compilation & Docs

See docs/ file for how to compile and install Unicorn.

More documentation is available in docs/


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We also maintain a list of more challenged problems in a TODO list.

CREDITS.TXT records important contributors of our project.


Unicorn CPU emulator framework (ARM, AArch64, M68K, Mips, Sparc, X86)

License:GNU General Public License v2.0


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