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GNOME Boxes Source Selection Screen.png
The box creation "Source Selection" screen for Boxes 3.5.
Developer(s) The GNOME Project
Stable release 3.14.1 (October 15, 2014; 5 days ago (2014-10-15)) [±][1]
Preview release 3.13.92 (September 19, 2014; 31 days ago (2014-09-19)) [±][2]
Development status Active
Platform GNOME

Boxes, also known as GNOME Boxes is an application of the GNOME Desktop Environment, used to access remote or virtual systems.

History and functionality[edit]

GNOME Boxes was initially introduced as beta software in GNOME 3.3 (development branch for 3.4) as of Dec 2011,[3] and as a preview release in GNOME 3.4.[4] Its primary functions are as a virtual machine manager and remote filesystem browser, utilizing the libvirt, libvirt-glib, and libosinfo technologies.[5] This enables the viewing of remote systems and virtual machines on other computers in addition to locally-created virtual machines. Boxes possesses the ability to easily create local virtual machines from a standard disk image file, such as an ISO image while requiring minimum user input.


Boxes was originally developed by Marc-André Lureau, Zeeshan Ali, Alexander Larsson and Christophe Fergeau[6] and is currently being maintained and developed by Zeeshan Ali.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "GNOME Shell 3.14.1". GNOME mailing list. October 14, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  2. ^ Jardón, Javier (September 19, 2014). "GNOME 3.13.92". gnome-devel-announce mailing list. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  3. ^ "GNOME developers create Boxes for virtualisation". The H. November 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ "A Second Release Of GNOME Boxes Is Boxed Up". Michael Larabel. Phoronix. December 21, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Boxes on GNOME wiki! GNOME 3.3.x Development Series". Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Boxes on GNOME wiki!". Retrieved September 30, 2012. 

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