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Chapter 5. Virtualization Tools

5.1. virsh
5.2. virt-manager
5.3. virt-install
5.4. guestfish
5.5. GNOME Boxes
5.6. Other useful tools
This chapter provides an introduction to the many tools available to assist with virtualization.

5.1. virsh

virsh is a command line interface (CLI) tool for managing the hypervisor and guest virtual machines. The virsh command line tool is built on the libvirt management API and operates as an alternative to the qemu-kvm command and the graphical virt-manager application. The virsh command can be used in read-only mode by unprivileged users or, with root access, full administrative functionality. The virsh command is ideal for scripting virtualization administration. In addition the virsh tool is a main management interface for virsh guest domains and can be used to create, pause, and shut down domains, as well as list current domains. This tool is installed as part of the libvirt-client package.


Refer to the Fedora Virtualization Deployment and Administration Guide for more information about managing virtual machines with virsh.