I have followed all the instructions from here and here for enabling kvm for android studio to enable vm acceleration.

Still I suspect that when I start android studio it isn't using kvm because on starting it, in the Run box at the bottom the command executed is

/root/Android/Sdk/tools/emulator -netdelay none -netspeed full -avd Nexus_5_API_21_x86

I don't see the -qemu -m 512 -enable-kvm option appended to it. Is there a way to check if it's actually using vm acceleration?

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I just checked if the file /dev/kvm was opened before and after the emulator started:

sudo lsof -n | grep /dev/kvm
  • Good, but sudo is not needed.
    – Sacha K
    Jun 12, 2016 at 17:39

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