sgabios - bios option rom to provide legacy serial console for x86

Distribution: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)
Repository: Ubuntu Universe i386
Package name: sgabios
Package version: 0.0~svn8
Package release: 3
Package architecture: all
Package type: deb
Installed size: 48 B
Download size: 7.11 KB
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The Google Serial Graphics Adapter BIOS or SGABIOS provides a means for legacy x86 software to communicate with an attached serial console as if a video card were attached. SGABIOS is designed to be inserted into a BIOS as an option rom to provide over a serial port the display and input capabilities normally handled by a VGA adapter and a keyboard. SGABIOS can be used to feature OS independent serial console redirection in Qemu.



  • qemu-system-x86 <= 1.5.0+dfsg-5


    Source package: sgabios

    Install Howto

    1. Update the package index:
      # sudo apt-get update
    2. Install sgabios deb package:
      # sudo apt-get install sgabios


    • /usr/share/doc/sgabios/README.Debian.gz
    • /usr/share/doc/sgabios/changelog.Debian.gz
    • /usr/share/doc/sgabios/copyright
    • /usr/share/lintian/overrides/sgabios
    • /usr/share/misc/sgabios.bin
    • /usr/share/qemu/sgabios.bin


    2013-12-06 - Daniel Beyer <> sgabios (0.0~svn8-3) unstable; urgency=low * Made sgabios multiarch aware (Closes: #731490) * Set Standards-Version to 3.9.5 (no changes needed)

    2013-07-28 - Daniel Beyer <> sgabios (0.0~svn8-2) unstable; urgency=low * Added build dependency on gcc-multilib [amd64]. (Closes: #718142) * Added a symlink /usr/share/qemu/sgabios.bin pointing to the sgabios x86 bios option rom. This link was provided by qemu-system-x86 but has been removed after 1.5.0+dfsg-5 to prevent a possibly dangling symlink.

    2013-04-30 - Daniel Beyer <> sgabios (0.0~svn8-1) unstable; urgency=low * Initial Release. (Closes: #706204)