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bhyve (pronounced "bee hive", formerly written as BHyVe) is a type-2 [1][2]hypervisor that runs on FreeBSD.[3]

It runs FreeBSD 9+, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Linux and MS Windows[4] desktop (versions Vista, 7, 8/8.1/8.2 and 10), as well as MS Windows Server (versions 2008/2008R2, 2012/2012R2 and 2016 Technical Preview 2 and 3) guests.

Current development efforts aim at widening support for other x86-64 operating systems.


  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. ^ "bhyve Windows Virtual Machines". FreeBSD Wiki. 

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