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Developer(s) Red Hat
Initial release December 19, 2005; 12 years ago (2005-12-19)[1]
Stable release
4.0.0 / 19 January 2018; 5 months ago (2018-01-19)[2]
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written in C
Operating system Linux
Type Library
License GNU Lesser General Public License

libvirt is an open-source API, daemon and management tool for managing platform virtualization.[3] It can be used to manage KVM, Xen, VMware ESX, QEMU and other virtualization technologies. These APIs are widely used in the orchestration layer of hypervisors in the development of a cloud-based solution.


libvirt supports several Hypervisors and is supported by several management solutions

libvirt is a C library with bindings in other languages, notably in Python,[4] Perl,[5] OCaml,[6] Ruby,[7] Java,[8] JavaScript (via Node.js)[9] and PHP.[10] libvirt for these programming languages is composed of wrappers around another class/package called libvirtmod. libvirtmod's implementation is closely associated with its counterpart in C/C++ in syntax and functionality.

Supported Hypervisors[edit]

User Interfaces[edit]

Various virtualization programs and platforms use libvirt. Virtual Machine Manager and others provide graphical interfaces. The most popular command line interface is virsh, and higher level tools such as oVirt.[13]

GNOME Boxes uses libvirt.


Development of libvirt is backed by Red Hat,[14] with significant contributions by other organisations and individuals. Libvirt is available on most Linux distributions; remote servers are also accessible from Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows clients.[15]

See also[edit]



  • Warnke, Robert; Ritzau, Thomas. qemu-kvm & libvirt (in German). Norderstedt, Germany: Books on Demand. ISBN 978-3-8370-0876-0. 

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