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General project documentation


Configuration Management

  • Puppet-virt - Puppet Module for Virtualization Management


Guest Management


  • Guest (VM) Lifecycle : Read This First - Introduces the concepts used with guests / virtual machines. Includes things like persistent vs transient domains, creating, starting, stopping domains, saving, restoring, snapshots, and secure wiping of disk images.




Guest device Configuration


Host SCSI device


libguestfs / guestfish



  • Virtual Networking : Read This First - Introduces the concepts and ideas used in libvirts' networking for guests

Detailed networking pieces


  • Sys-Virt - Daniel Berrange's perl module for managing guests




  • Foreman - Automatic provisioning with Foreman and libvirt

Remote Management




Host Security


Transport Layer Security (TLS)



QCow2 disk encryption

Disk and Memory Snapshots

Examples of live block operations

Third Party Libvirt Applications



The images in this wiki, along with their Inkscape SVG source, are on this page in one place in case you'd like to use or modify them for your own project:


In case you want to turn on debuging in libvirt follow:

For other (partially automated) debugging techniques, check

Getting started with Avocado-VT

Avocado-VT (and Avocado) installation

Avocado is the base framework for Avocado-VT. To install it, follow the simple steps documented here. Then install Avocado-VT, as documented on its own Getting Started page.

libvirt Prerequisites

  1. To use Avocado-VT with its libvirt backend, the following packages are required: libvirt, virt-install, qemu-kvm, p7zip, genisoimage. Other packages are also recommended: fakeroot, policycoreutils-python-utils.

    When installing libvirt on Fedora, make sure you have the following packages installed: libvirt-client, libvirt-python, libvirt-daemon-kvm, and libvirt-daemon-config-network.

    To help you with copy and paste, here is a command with the complete list of packages needed on a Fedora system:

    dnf install libvirt virt-install qemu-kvm p7zip genisoimage libvirt-client libvirt-python libvirt-daemon-kvm libvirt-daemon-config-network fakeroot policycoreutils-python-utils
  2. Start libvirtd service.

    On systems with systemd, run

    systemctl start libvirtd.service

Avocado-VT bootstrap

Now that all packages are installed and services have been started, it's time to bootstrap Avocado-VT test providers, configuration and default image files, by running:

 avocado vt-bootstrap --vt-type=libvirt

For more information on the bootstrap process, please refer to the the Avocado-VT docs.

Running tests

To get an idea of the available tests, run

 avocado list --vt-type=libvirt

And look for the "VT" tests. To actually run some tests (all tests), run

 avocado run --vt-type=libvirt

Testing self-built libvirt

To test self-built libvirt rather then the one installed in the system, either built a proper package and install it or follow the steps below.

  1. Configure libvirt to use the same paths as the system one.
    ./ --system
  2. Compile libvirt.
  3. Change libvirtd service to start your local libvirtd using /path/to/libvirt/run /path/to/libvirt/daemon/.libs/libvirtd. On systems with systemd change ExecStart in /etc/systemd/system/ This hack is required for some tests that restart libvirtd service.
  4. Run tests using the self-built libvirt:
    /path/to/libvirt/run avocado run virsh.console --vt-type libvirt

Getting started with the Wiki

This wiki is using the MediaWiki software. The following links will provide help on wiki syntax and other matters

Getting started with libvirt development

Here is the list of small tasks that should enable you to start digging into libvirt source code base

Google Summer of Code

There is a separate page dedicated to Google Summer of Code 2019. Also, the list for future ideas for projects can be found here Google Summer of Code Ideas. The previous years can be found here, here and here. There is also a separate page for FAQ.