Networking Options

XQEMU emulates the Xbox network controller (nvnet), and being built on top of QEMU's robust networking support infrastructure, provides a flexible array of advanced network configuration options including:

  • Socket networking, for connecting multiple running instances of XQEMU for possible networked game play.
  • Tap networking, for bridging a physical network device for play with real Xboxes or other applications.
  • User networking, for simple network use where only basic port-forwarding is required.

This page contains some quick tips for common use cases regarding Xbox emulation. Additional details about networking configuration information is available in the official QEMU documentation.

Bridged Networking


Requirements - OpenVPN TAP Driver (Download “Tap-Windows”)

Install the prerequisites then you’ll need to manually bridge your main adapter and the newly created TAP adapter. This is easily done by going to Network & Sharing Center then Change adapter settings.

The command line options are very similar to Linux however you’ll need to change the ifname=tap0 to what ever Windows or yourself had set the name of the new TAP adapter to be.

-net nic,model=nvnet -net tap,ifname="Ethernet 2",script=no

In this example the interface name is Ethernet 2.


When using the standalone/downloadable version of XQEMU you cannot have a space in the TAP adapter name.


Requirements - uml-utilities - bridge-utils

By running this script via sudo before start-up of XQEMU you’ll have set-up the bridge and tap adapters that are required for networking. You will however need to modify it slightly to include the main ethernet adaptor and the user account you’ll be running XQEMU on.

brctl addbr br0
ip addr flush dev <interface or eth0>
brctl addif br0 <interface or eth0>
tunctl -t tap0 -u <youruseracc>
brctl addif br0 tap0
ifconfig <interface or eth0> up
ifconfig tap0 up
ifconfig br0 up
dhclient -v br0

Once that runs and you don’t see any errors you should be able to just run XQEMU with the additional command line option of -net nic,model=nvnet -net tap,ifname=tap0,script=no.