Intel has been developing its HAXM hardware-assisted virtualization engine for several years and uses it in the Android emulator, QEMU, and on processors that support Intel VT. HAXM is not only available for Linux, but also for Windows, macOS, and some BSD systems.

HAXM has proven to be particularly useful for Android software development on Intel systems, especially on Windows where there are fewer hypervisor options available. Unfortunately, however, Intel has decided to discontinue development of HAXM. Additionally, they noted security issues with HAXM’s code and advised users to stop using the software.

The latest version of HAXM is HAXM 7.8 at the end of November 2022, but after this release its development was stopped abruptly and the GitHub project has been archived.Intel engineers added this weekDiscontinuation Notice:

  • This project has been discontinued and is no longer maintained by Intel.
  • The item has been determined to have known escapes from security.
  • Intel has discontinued development and contributions to this project, including but not limited to maintenance, bug fixes, new releases or updates.
  • Intel is no longer accepting patches for this project.

At present, Intel has not shared more reasons and other information about the reason for stopping the development of HAXM.

About HAXM

HAXM is a cross-platform hardware-assisted virtualization engine (hypervisor), widely used as an accelerator for Android Emulator and QEMU. It has been supported to run on Windows and macOS, and has been ported to other host operating systems such as Linux and NetBSD.

HAXM runs as a kernel-mode driver on the host operating system and provides a KVM-like interface to userspace, enabling applications such as QEMU to take advantage of the hardware virtualization capabilities built into modern Intel CPUs, known as Intel Virtualization Technology.

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