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What is libvirt?

It is an open-source API, daemon and management tool for managing platform virtualization. It can be used to manage KVM, Xen, VMware ESXi, QEMU and other virtualization technologies.
libvirt is a tool in the Virtual Machine Management category of a tech stack.

Who uses libvirt?

5 companies reportedly use libvirt in their tech stacks, including Labs, studio666.descartes, and DevTeam.

45 developers on StackShare have stated that they use libvirt.

libvirt Integrations

Python, Java, Netdata, Qemu, and Rex are some of the popular tools that integrate with libvirt. Here's a list of all 6 tools that integrate with libvirt.
Pros of libvirt
Low overhead
Built into most Linux distros
Native KVM and QEMU
Native hypervisor
Can fully manage via CLI or VirtManager
VirtIO direct hardware access
VirtIO direct hardware support

libvirt's Features

  • Manage virtualization platforms
  • Accessible from C, Python, Perl, Java and more
  • Supports KVM, QEMU, Xen, Virtuozzo, VMWare ESX, LXC, BHyve and more

libvirt Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to libvirt?
KVM (for Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a full virtualization solution for Linux on x86 hardware containing virtualization extensions (Intel VT or AMD-V).
VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.
When used as a machine emulator, it can run OSes and programs made for one machine (e.g. an ARM board) on a different machine (e.g. your own PC). By using dynamic translation, it achieves very good performance. When used as a virtualizer, it achieves near native performance by executing the guest code directly on the host CPU. it supports virtualization when executing under the Xen hypervisor or using the KVM kernel module in Linux. When using KVM, it can virtualize x86, server and embedded PowerPC, 64-bit POWER, S390, 32-bit and 64-bit ARM, and MIPS guests.
OpenStack is a cloud operating system that controls large pools of compute, storage, and networking resources throughout a datacenter, all managed through a dashboard that gives administrators control while empowering their users to provision resources through a web interface.
The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere
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libvirt's Followers
68 developers follow libvirt to keep up with related blogs and decisions.