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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 3.26.0 (13 September 2017; 3 days ago (2017-09-13)[1]) [±]
Preview release 3.25.92 (6 September 2017; 10 days ago (2017-09-06)) [±]
Development status Active
Written in C, Vala
Platform GNOME
License GNU GPL[2]

GNOME Boxes is an application of the GNOME Desktop Environment, used to access remote or virtual systems. Boxes uses the QEMU, KVM, and libvirt virtualisation technologies.[3]

GNOME Boxes requires the CPU to support some kind of Hardware-assisted virtualization, like e.g. Intel VT-x; thus GNOME Boxes does not work with Intel Pentium/Celeron-branded CPUs as they lack this feature.

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.

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