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bhyve (pronounced "bee hive", formerly written as BHyVe) is a type-2[1][2] hypervisor written for FreeBSD[3], that has now been ported to a number of illumos based distributions including SmartOS[4] and OmniOS[5]. bhyve runs FreeBSD 9+, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Linux, illumos, DragonFly and Windows NT[6] (Windows Vista and later, Windows Server 2008 and later) guests. Current development efforts aim at widening support for other operating systems for the x86-64 architecture.


  1. ^ Carabas, Mihai; Grehan, Peter (10 June 2016). "Porting bhyve on ARM" (PDF). Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. ^ Dexter, Michael (20 October 2012). "BHyVe: The BSD HyperVisor In Depth" (PDF). Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  3. ^ Kerner, Sean Michael (22 January 2014). "Open Source FreeBSD 10 Takes on Virtualization". ServerWatch. QuinStreet Enterprise. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  4. ^ Gerdts, Mike (March 2018). "bhyve zones in SmartOS" (PDF).
  5. ^ "bhyve Hypervisor". Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  6. ^ "bhyve Windows Virtual Machines". FreeBSD Wiki.

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