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Developer(s) Red Hat
Initial release December 19, 2005; 10 years ago (2005-12-19)
Stable release
2.4.0 / 1 November 2016; 30 days ago (2016-11-01)[1]
Preview release
2.4.0-rc2 / October 31, 2016; 31 days ago (2016-10-31)
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.[2] 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 itself is a C library, but it has bindings in other languages, notably in Python,[3] Perl,[4] OCaml,[5] Ruby,[6] Java,[7] JavaScript (via Node.js)[8] and PHP.[9] 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]

Libvirt is used by various virtualization programs and platforms. Graphical Interfaces are provided by Virtual Machine Manager and others. The most popular command line interface is 'virsh', and higher level tools like oVirt.[12]

GNOME Boxes uses libvirt.


Development of libvirt is backed by Red Hat,[13] 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.[14]

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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