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""Libvirt logo.svg
"Developer(s) "Red Hat
Initial release December 19, 2005; 11 years ago (2005-12-19)[1]
"Stable release
3.5.0 / 4 July 2017; 41 days ago (2017-07-04)[2]
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 itself is a "C library, but it has 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]

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.[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]


  1. ^ "0.0.1: Dec 19 2005". libvirt. 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
  2. ^ "v3.5.0 (2017-07-04)". libvirt. 2017-07-04. Retrieved 2017-07-04. 
  3. ^ "libvirt home page description". 
  4. ^ "Python bindings". 
  5. ^ "Perl bindings". 
  6. ^ "OCaml bindings". 
  7. ^ "Ruby bindings". 
  8. ^ "Java bindings". 
  9. ^ "Node.js module". 
  10. ^ "PHP bindings". 
  11. ^
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  13. ^ "oVirt Virtualization Management Platform". 
  14. ^ "Innovation Without Disruption: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 Now Available". 
  15. ^ "Windows availability". 


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