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""Libvirt logo.svg
"Developer(s) "Red Hat
Initial release December 19, 2005; 12 years ago (2005-12-19)[1]
"Stable release
4.0.0 / 19 January 2018; 4 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
Website libvirt.org

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]


  1. ^ "0.0.1: Dec 19 2005". libvirt. 2017-06-16. Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
  2. ^ "v4.0.0 (2018-01-19)". libvirt. 2018-01-19. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  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. ^ http://dtrace.org/blogs/bmc/2011/08/15/kvm-on-illumos/
  12. ^ https://wiki.freebsd.org/bhyve#line-19
  13. ^ "oVirt Virtualization Management Platform". 
  14. ^ "Innovation Without Disruption: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 Now Available". 
  15. ^ "Windows availability". 


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