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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 3.20.2 (10 May 2016; 3 months ago (2016-05-10)[1]) [±]
Preview release 3.21.4 (20 July 2016; 34 days ago (2016-07-20)) [±][2]
Development status Active
Written in C, Vala
Platform GNOME
License GNU GPL[3]

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,[4] and as a preview release in GNOME 3.4.[5] Its primary functions are as a virtual machine manager, remote desktop client (over VNC), and remote filesystem browser, utilizing the libvirt, libvirt-glib, and libosinfo technologies.[6] 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[7] and is currently being maintained and developed by Zeeshan Ali.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Clasen, Matthias (10 May 2016). "GNOME 3.20.2". gnome-announce-list (Mailing list). Retrieved 10 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "GNOME 3.21.x Development Series". Retrieved April 30, 2016. 
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  4. ^ "GNOME developers create Boxes for virtualisation". The H. November 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ "A Second Release Of GNOME Boxes Is Boxed Up". Michael Larabel. Phoronix. December 21, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Boxes on GNOME wiki! GNOME 3.3.x Development Series". Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Boxes on GNOME wiki!". Retrieved September 30, 2012. 

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