Create MikroTik image file for GNS3

Hi everyone !

Today I will show you how to create MikroTik image file for GNS3. In this tutorial I show you only the way to create MikroTik image file. To run this image on GNS3 I will show you in the next post. I make it separate because I think it's much easy for you to understand step by step. Please notice that in this tutorial I do on GNS v1.3.0.

The first thing you should do now is to install GNS3. When install GNS3 you should tick to install other application like qemu. Hmm I assume all of you have GNS3 on you PC. So let's start practice step by step together 🙂

1. Download MikroTik x86 iso file from

2. Go to command line and move to GNS3 folder.

C:\Users\USER>cd C:\Program Files\GNS3\qemu-2.1.0

3. Then run the command to create the image file. Now I create the image file name mikrotik.img. You can create other name as you want.

c:\Program Files\GNS3\qemu-2.1.0>qemu-img.exe create -f qcow2 D:/mikrotik.img 256M

The image file location I recommend you to save it to other drive where you OS install. In this example my OS install on drive C: so I can save my image file to drive D: or drive E:

After run the above command you should see this return message.

Formatting 'D:/mikrotik.img', fmt=qcow2 size=268435456 encryption=off cluster_size=65536 lazy_refcounts=off

4. Install ISO file to the current image, I assume that the ISO file name is “mikrotik-6.28.iso”.

c:\Program Files\GNS3\qemu-2.1.0>qemu-system-i386w.exe "D:/mikrotik.img" -boot d -cdrom "D:\MikroTik\mikrotik-6.28.iso"

After you run this command you will see MikroTik installation process on qemu. See the below image as the sample.

When you see this window pop-up you can start install MikroTik. Select the package you want to install by press "space" botton and press "i" to start installation.

Note: if you don't see qemu pop-up, please try to write my command above on cmd your self(Don't copy it).

Ok now let's start test boot our image that we just create.

c:\Program Files\GNS3\qemu-2.1.0>qemu-system-i386w.exe "D:/mikrotik.img" -boot c


If it show like image above, mean our image file is bootable and our task is success 🙂

oOOOP Our task to day is ready and enjoy it with GNS3. Anyway if you're not success, you can post your problem on comment box below.

Sorry for wrong grammar because I'm not a native speaker and I'm not know English much 🙂


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4 thoughts on “Create MikroTik image file for GNS3

  • May 30, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Best guide around. And how can I do the same listed here on MacOS?


    • June 6, 2017 at 9:13 pm

      I never do it on MacOS, But you can try to fine qemu for mac.

  • August 28, 2017 at 6:09 am


    I have a problem. when i boot from mikrotik.iso that get me an error . –> could not format partitions.

    plz hlp me for this problem.


  • March 25, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    hai…..tq for u guide is help me 🙂


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